South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has called for the removal of the Confederate rebel flag from state house grounds. It was the only flag that did not fly at half mast in recognition of this past week’s shootings at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. The removal of the flag will require a passing of a state law.
“Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its corner- stone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery subordination to the superior race is his natural and normal condition. This, our new government, is the first, in the history of the world, based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth.”–Alexander Stephens, Vice President of the Confederate States of America, March 21, 1861.
I remember the first time I saw an African American person. At least I think I do. I was in kindergarten. We had a young boy in our class named Adolf, who was the lone black face in the sea of white. We’re talking suburban, white bread, Utah in 1983. My memories don’t generally go back much further than that.
Interestingly enough, I don’t remember Adolf because he was black. I…
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