Approximately 150 years after the ending of the Civil War, the unthinkable finally happened. Gov. Nikki Haley called for the removing of the confederate flag from it’s statehouse, in wake of Charleston, South Carolina’s most recent tragedy. The AME church shooting still burdens the hearts of many across the country, while also sparking this seemingly simple action. Before, and shortly thereafter, the terroristic event transpired, the confederate flag continued to wave at the full staff… being offensive to some, and a banner of pride and honor for others. Nine African American lives had to be taken, through an act of hate, in order for this to happen; yet the problem still remains. Does this act signify change?
Several groups, including the NAACP, fought for years for the removal of the confederate flag and had been unsuccessful. Now, several politicians in various states are now following in Haley’s footsteps. So, what caused the change of heart? Some may say it’s being under scrutiny by millions of disgruntled American people. Others believe that the eyes of conservatives are finally starting to open after years of ongoing hate crimes and injustice against blacks. Does this mean racism no longer exists?
Of course not, and the fact that it took this many years for action to be taken proves this. The late Gil Scott-Heron said, “The revolution will not be televised.” Meaning: The change needed will not be something we’ll ever see on any screen, that’s including social media. The real change must happen in the minds of all mankind first. The true issue at hand dates back further than the Civil War and runs deeper than the colors dyed on each flag.
“Hate can not drive out hate. Only love can do that.” It’s obvious what we all need more of.