Stars and Stripes: Emblem of Slavery?
By Malcolm Wilson
In his Sept. 24 letter, “A Flag That Symbolized Much Less Than Valor,” Cortez Austin took exception to a portion of Kathleen Parker’s op-ed with reference to the Confederate flag. He blasted away with the usual rhetoric regarding the flag and its ties to slavery by asking, “How does one discount more than 200 years of the inhumane domination of blacks” and closing by accusing those who may opt to display the flag of “hiding behind revisionist history.”
My history class taught me that the Constitution, particularly Article 1, Section 2, commonly referred to as the “three-fifths compromise,” acknowledged the existence of and, perhaps, tepidly endorsed slavery in the United States. This document would predate the Civil War and the Confederacy by about 84 years.
The Constitution would have been written under the flag of the United States of America. Should we next consider replacing that flag as well?
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