Who banned the Confederate flag

Southern United States: What is Racist about the Confederate Flag

"The state of South Carolina was founded by gentlemen ... Nothing in the world will ever induce us to enter into an alliance with the rough, brutal rabble from the New England states." With these quotes the correspondent for the London Times described the mood in Charleston in December 1860. A convention of the state of South Carolina ruled there on the question of whether the state should remain in the United States of America or should dare to go into secession. With 169 votes to zero, the “decree” was approved on December 20, which dissolved “the currently existing union between South Carolina and other states”.

The MPs in Charleston had given the signal for the secession of the southern states from the Union. Four months later, the Confederate flag was flying over the Union fortress of Fort Sumter in the city's harbor (which, however, looked different from the one currently in question). When the "Stars and Stripes" were raised there again four years later, the south was ruined, its society destroyed, and more than 650,000 people on both sides had lost their lives. More Americans lost their lives in the first all-out war of the machine age than in any war the US has fought since. And the union of individual states had become a confederation of states.

When South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley starts her campaign to remove the Confederate flag in front of the Capitol of South Carolina in its capital, Columbia, that will be the height of the fall. Charleston and Columbia were symbols of secession as early as 1865 when the soldiers of Union General William T. Sherman began their extermination campaign through the state "where it all began". Last week, the 21-year-old white Dylann Roof made the old southern metropolis of Charleston the forum for his allegedly racially motivated massacre, in which he shot and killed nine black people during a Bible study.

Haley is enough of a politician to declare that "for many people in our state, the flag represents honorable traditions." The banner is a "memory" of ancestors who served their state in times of war. “At the same time, for many others, the flag is an insulting symbol of brutal repression in the past,” the governor justifies her move, which is also supported by prominent politicians such as presidential candidate Lindsey Graham from South Carolina.