Obama must not ignore Confederate rights issue

Published 11:55 pm Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Will President-elect Barack Obama further divide Americans by yielding to extremists in his party who are intolerant of the Christian cross and U.S. flag because both symbols are more associated with slavery and the KKK than the Confederate battle flag?

If the Confederate flag can be banned from our schools, then the Christian cross and U.S. flag can also be banned.

If Obama’s call in his victory speech for “individual liberty” and “determination to heal the divides” was sincere, then he will set the example himself by advocating students’ right to wear clothing displaying our veterans’ Confederate flag in the public schools and the teaching of the truth that Lincoln’s War was fought over taxes and not slavery, at all.

Obama should follow the example of Montgomery Mayor Bobby Bright, who rode in the parade down Dexter Avenue honoring Confederate States President Jefferson Davis this past June, while other politicians stayed home.

Democrat Bobby Bright’s defeat of Republican Jay Love for Congress in a very Republican district and, in spite of Love’s endorsement by Gov. Riley, proves the political wisdom of supporting our Confederate heritage.

Roger Broxton