Posted: 07/10/15 15:38
by Dave Mindeman
I'm happy that the Battle Flag was taken down at the South Carolina Capitol. That is a great symbolic victory. But removing symbols, while helpful, is not going to solve the problem.
Because the flag is gone, do you think racism in South Carolina is better?
If the Ku Klux Klan didn't use hoods, would they be better people?
If a burning cross on the lawn is put out and removed, do you feel any less threatened?
Fixing symbols is a start, a very good start, but until there is follow up with productive actions, it won't mean very much.
After the Flag ceremony today, a SC Democratic legislator said that it was time to move forward on actions that were important the fallen State Senator Pinckney - like getting expanded Medicaid implemented in South Carolina. A program that disproportionately affects the African American community.
When that happens, then we can judge how different South Carolina has really become.