Concerning the confederate flag in the Capitol of South Carolina: I don’t think it would matter if it flew or not. People certainly think it matters, and if it does matter that’s the only reason why. One must always make the distinction between what truly matters and what idiots try to piggyback into what matters. I will circumvent this whole game and say that it is childish. Nine people died at the hands of a young man who thought that race was real, and that a certain race was taking over the world. The dirty bastard didn’t need a flag to tell him what he should and shouldn’t do.
The flag is a symbol in the Deep South used by racists and non racists, just as the Bible has been used by radicals and non radicals, and science has been used to create weapons of mass distruction and medicine. The ties of racism to the confederate flag are undeniable; as are the ties of genocide to science. Blaming science or the flag for people’s stupid actions is, I hope, self evidently ridiculous. The bleak conclusion is that if a person will murder, he will murder, and if he will be racist, he will be racist.
Stirring controversy about the damn flag creates more confusion, and also promotes “distinct racial recognition”, which is a childish myth. There is one race- the human race. Let us focus on that truth, and let us strive for peace.