HOT BLAST: It's Confederate Memorial Day in Alabama
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The Confederate flags displayed on Quintard Avenue in Anniston.
The Confederate flags displayed on Quintard Avenue in Anniston.
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April is Confederate History Month in Alabama, and today is Confederate Memorial Day, a state holiday. That alone is enough to kick-start the controversy machine.

I could write a treatise on the history of the Confederate battle flag -- the red-and-blue one that's so familiar -- and how it causes different emotions in different people. Suffice it to say that Southern heritage types are not in agreement with black Americans or those (like me) who see the flag as a symbol of (a.) Americans who chose to fight against the United States and (b.) those who stole the image and used it for evil purposes. Right or wrong, the flag isn't a subtle image of the past. It is an instantaneous visual reminder whose message depends on your point of view.

If you're the literary type, I recommend this book on the flag. It's enlightening.

Nevertheless, it was interesting to drive down Quintard Avenue this morning and again see the Confederate flags placed in the grassy median next to the memorial for Confederate soldier John Pelham, who is buried in Jacksonville.

-- Phillip Tutor

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