Regarding Larry Sanders’ July 5 letter, “American flag.” If the current debate over the Confederate battle flag were just about political correctness, I would agree with you. However, the flag’s origin is much too nefarious to be a matter of mere correctness. Let me quote its designer. “As a people we are fighting to maintain the Heaven-ordained supremacy of the white man over the inferior or colored race; a white flag would thus be emblematic of our cause. Upon a red field would stand forth our southern cross, gemmed, preserving in beautiful contrast the red, white, and blue.” It’s not a matter of offending anyone, it’s a matter of its history and what it stands for. History can’t be rewritten. Thus, people should be free to display it as they wish; however, it should never be flown over a government facility. This country won’t ban it, after all; the Nazi flag hasn’t been banned. Incidentally, in Europe, where the swastika has been banned, the backup flag for fear-mongering racists is the Confederate battle flag. It would seem they know more of our history than most Americans do. By the way, I’m a veteran, too, for whatever that’s worth.
David Landers, Meridian