07 February 2009

Engaging With History

"By honoring their ancestors, vindicating their cause, and revering their symbols, Confederate descendants are engaging with history in the same way that other Americans do . . . Elected officials, community leaders, and intellectuals must cease empowering people who hold the untenable belief that there is an inherent American right not to be offended."

And . . .

"Any realistic and practical solution to the flag wars must accept the inevitability of the Confederate flag as part of America's cultural landscape. Not only does the flag have persistent and determined advocates, but it also has an innate visual appeal and graphic familiarity. With its bold colors and simple design, the battle flag is striking and memorable." ~ John Coski, author of The Confederate Battle Flag ~ America's Most Embattled Emblem

"For that is the mark of the Scots of all classes: that he stands in an attitude towards the past unthinkable to Englishmen, and remembers and cherishes the memory of his forebears, good or bad; and there burns alive in him a sense of identity with the dead even to the twentieth generation." ~ Robert Louis Stevenson ~ Weir of Hermiston

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