The Influence Of Racism In The Civil War
Many argue that the flag doesn 't represent slavery because that wasn’t the main issue the Civil War was fought over.While slavery may not have been the only issue which sparked the war, it remained an integral part of the Confederacy. The Washington Post’s Carlos Lozada cites another historian’s work with making the point that the Civil War was fought over defending states and property; the pertinent detail that is forgotten is that slaves were considered property. To defend the “spirit of the Confederacy” is to defend slavery. Many Neo-Confederates argue that the flag holds no meaning of slavery, however, in Hilary Hanson’s article, “Why The Confederate Battle Flag Is Even More Racist Than You Think,” she cites the declarations of secession of several southern states, quoting many that “explicitly cite threats to slavery as reasons for secession.” There is no way around the cold, hard fact that the Confederacy represented slavery and defended it to death.
The Confederate flag is a constant reminder of slavery and injustice to African Americans. In response to the tragic shooting in Charleston, the Governor of South Carolina made the executive decision to remove the controversial flag from the state building after five decades. She recognized the importance of the flag to residents, but also recognized the much bigger issue at