I am closing in on 80 years young. Born in New York but spent a large part of my life in and around the South. Sure I’ve been called, and I quote, “That dam yankee,” and I have said, and I quote, “that dam redneck,” but it was all in good fun. We Americans, north or south, have always enjoyed rubbing it in to each other.
What happened to all those wonderful people in that church is a loss to all of us. But to jump the gun and demand the flag to be removed at the capital and the memorial will only fan the fires of hatred in a few crazies and give them an excuse to create more problems. Please remember many Americans from the South died for it and their beliefs. It’s time for all to show respect to each other. It’s time for all of us to show forgiveness to each other. Just think, I didn’t cause suffering a hundred years ago and you didn’t also. In my opinion, leave the flag where it belongs. It’s our North or South history.