I wrote a post on facebook to my friends there that got passed around the internet more than I'd planned, so I put it here. Then, it got picked up by Blog con Queso, so it has moved there. Here's the beginning:
I haven't weighed in on the whole Confederate flag debate because, honestly, I can't believe it's even a debate. But, look, I like the South. I like deep porches and macaroni-and-cheese as a vegetable and Live Oak trees and biscuits and mint juleps and slow-talkers. Of course, the South is more than slavery. But though it is more than that, it includes, always, a history of slavery, racism, and systemic brutality.
For the rest, check it out here con Queso.
I'll add here that taking down a flag cannot end racism. Doing so is mostly a symbolic gesture. Symbolic gestures, like symbols themselves, matter, but removing the flag is a baby step. I hope this collective momentum would cause America, particularly white America, to find other, more productive ways of addressing our history and current reality of systemic injustice. We must start by listening to voices of brothers and sisters of color.
And right now, many of those voices are asking that we, together as a society, "Take down that flag."