Former Virginia Senator and Vietnam war veteran Jim Webb has finally weighed in on the national debate over the Confederate flag—kind of.
Days after every major official and declared presidential candidate announced their stance on the flag, Webb released a statement on Facebook stating that while the flag has been used for “racist and other purposes” that not all Confederates were bad, and not all members of the Union were good.
“The Confederate Battle Flag has wrongly been used for racist and other purposes in recent decades. It should not be used in any way as a political symbol that divides us,” Webb wrote. “But we should also remember that honorable Americans fought on both sides in the Civil War, including slave holders in the Union Army from states such as Missouri, Kentucky, Maryland and Delaware, and that many non-slave holders fought for the South.”