by Carlos Chavez
Staff writer

Nothing screams liberty and freedom like the good old red, white, and blue. Unless the Confederate Flag is mentioned, then ideas of hate and racism is the only thing most people can think of. Some people however, say that the Confederate Flag is a part of their history; it is who they are and what they believe in.

In many states laws have been passed to ban the Confederate Flag. States like Georgia, South Carolina, and even here in Virginia, for example, have banned any public display of the flag. These laws upset some citizens of those respective states. The argument is that those laws infringe their rights and is part of their heritage but the question still remains: Should the Confederate Flag be banned completely  or should the Confederate Flag still wave in homes around the country?

Some Americans fear the Confederate Flag because it reminds them of a time when there was slavery and oppression against minorities. The terms like Neo-Nazi and white supremacy are words that pop into the minds of these people. These people aren’t wrong, the Confederate Flag was used by the Southern soldiers during the civil war.

The other side of the argument is that the flag is also a symbol used for American history, a heritage. Some people believe it is what they’re ancestors believed in and who they are and what they will be remembered by. For others it is a staple of what it means to be a southerner.

Though some call this argument unreasonable,  we shouldn’t ban or wipe the flag from the memory of Americans. The flag may be a blemish on America’s track record however, if we forget a major part in American history, future generations will just repeat the same mistake our ancestors made. History will repeat itself if we forget it. This is why the flag is a symbol of hate for some, however for others it is a reminder of the obstacles America overcame.