The Civil War might have ended a century and a half ago, but the war on the flag under which the Confederacy fought is going strong. One side sees a symbol of hate; the other sees Southern heritage.
South Carolina has been home to many of these debates, as civil rights groups have sought in recent years to get the emblem removed from the statehouse grounds in the capital of Columbia.
But the war that’s currently raging involves a white woman who has been flying the rebel flag in her yard in a historically black neighborhood for a year. People have marched on her house. And now there is a fence building war going on.
Here’s a snippet from an Associated Press story:
Earlier this year, two solid 8-foot high wooden fences were built on either side of Annie Chambers Caddell’s modest brick house to shield the Southern banner from view.
Late this summer, Caddell raised a flagpole higher than the fences to display the flag. Then a similar pole with an American flag was placed across the fence in the yard of neighbor Patterson James, who is black.
One hundred and fifty years after the Civil War began about 20 miles away in Charleston Harbor, fights continue over the meaning of the Confederate flag. Some see it as a symbol of slavery and racism; others like Caddell say it’s part of their Southern heritage.
“I’m here to stay. I didn’t back down and because I didn’t cower the neighbors say I’m the lady who loves her flag and loves her heritage,” said the 51-year old Caddell who moved into the historically black Brownsville neighborhood in the summer of 2010. Her ancestors fought for the Confederacy.
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