The new debate over banning the Confederate flag was recently fueled by a photo of 21-year-old shooter Dylann Roof holding a gun and a Confederate flag. Dylann Roof murdered nine people at their church in in Charleston, South Carolina claiming he wanted to instigate a race war.
According to CNN, the push to ban the Confederate flag "are the latest indication that the flag, a symbol of the slave-holding South, has become toxic in the aftermath" of the recent shooting.
Some people see the Confederate flag as a symbol of southern pride and point to television shows like the Dukes of Hazzard where the theme was "Just some good old boys, never meaning no harm."
There have been many people asking for the Confederate flag to be removed from public places and government offices. There are people who want all symbols of the American Civil War to be eliminated because any reference to the war is symbolic of slavery.
There will be a lot of debate in the weeks ahead as we sort out the symbols of southern pride from the memories of a country that supported slavery.
To those who will be screaming to rename highways and high schools named after southern generals, I would ask you to focus on banning the IRS.
Did you know President Lincoln created the IRS in 1862 to pay for the Civil War?
The Revenue Act of 1862 was signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln on July 1, 1862. The revenue-raising measure was passed by the United States Congress to help pay for the American Civil War.