Letter: Don't be fooled about the Confederacy
This year's Veteran's Day Parade held downtown was a great tribute to our veterans. One disturbing display of disrespect was the few trucks near the front of the parade. When I told this group that the Confederate flag being displayed in this parade was an insult to our veterans because the traitors of the Confederacy fought against the United States, it was suggested that I read some American history and stop getting my information from the Internet.
I have been a student of our country's history for 45 years and although I do not pretend to be an expert, I do know that this rag and the war that nearly destroyed this country were not about states' rights, liberty or freedom, but based on the hatred and oppression of slavery. Of the 11 secessionist states, the five that actually presented their case for secession quoted the maintenance of slavery as the first and foremost reason.
I would suggest these folks find a symbol that represents what they profess to believe in, not this symbol of hate, fear and human misery. I would also suggest they read a true expert on American history in Howard Zinn's "A People's History of The United States" and research the multitude of excellent sources given in the footnotes and bibliography.