"Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette.
The Governor said it was like a weight had been lifted...bystanders said it was a day they thought would never happen…and others said it just wasn't necessary.
We’re talking about the removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina statehouse last week.
The flag came down, in large part, because of the nine lives taken by a sick and twisted individual. He used images of the Confederate flag as a symbol of hate.
We understand there is debate over whether that flag, indeed, represents hate, or merely a sense of Southern pride. It’s in the eye of the beholder.
But in 2015, we don’t need more of the division that a piece of cloth represents; we need thinking, dialogue, and actions that will bring people together.
We believe the Confederate flag belongs in a museum, as part of our history.
And certainly, individual citizens may fly it however they see fit.
But we don’t believe that our government buildings should give tacit endorsement to a symbol that hurts so many.
One chant heard at the Confederate flag removal was “U-S-A! U-S-A!”
It’s the American flag that brings us together, whatever our differences may be.
That’s a symbol we can all get behind.