In early June, 21 year old Dylan Roof, gunned down nine African American churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina during a bible study. The gunman uploaded pictures of himself wrapped in the Confederate flag on multiple social media sites.
Many Americans have their own opinion on this issue. While some believe it’s a problem, others believe it’s not. It just depends on the person’s perspective.
The Confederate Flag, and more specifically what it represents, has been a long, contentious issue in the United States.
Throughout US history, from the Civil War to the Civil Rights movement, the Confederate flag has frequently been associated with ideas of white supremacy, racism and slavery.
Red Lion senior Emily Falenski stated, “ I feel like the Confederate flag is now a symbol of being a rebel, it’s more of an outlook for country roots.”
Nikki Haley, the current governor of South Carolina signed a bill to remove the flag from South Carolina’s capital building. The flag is seen by some as an icon of slavery and racism, while others say it symbolizes US heritage and history.