Confederate flag-burning events spark outrage

by The Wall Street Journa  |  published on May 24, 2015

A conceptual-art project that includes plans to burn and bury Confederate flags in 13 mostly Southern states on Memorial Day has drawn the ire of groups such as the Sons of Confederate Veterans that consider the events disrespectful and divisive.

The planned flag burnings and burials also raised concern that such a public and symbolic act would fall short of the artist’s stated goal to simply retire the flag as a “symbol of terror” and would instead serve to aggravate tensions.

The controversy is the latest in a long string of flare-ups over the flag and highlights how fraught a symbol it remains 150 years after the Civil War ended. While some denounce the flag as an emblem of racism and oppression, others revere it as a representation of the South’s cultural heritage.

  • donemyhomework

    If you’re going to burn a flag in America, burn one that has crescent and star on it, and even better, one that has Arabic writing on it.

  • nonstopca

    It’s a free country, and it’s not a national flag……do with YOUR Confederate flag what ever you want…but I’m sure O’Reilly over at FOX…will think you shouldn’t push freedom that far.

  • bluebonnet114

    you cannot change history,,,,,,,,,,,,,,it is a flag for goodness sakes! We should not worry about labels, they are just WORDS!

  • Shaymamma8

    Get over it, the south lost!! Burn Baby Burn!!

    • bluebonnet114

      what a fool you are?

  • Luke

    Destroying the Confederate Flag should be a hate crime for disrespecting those who fought for states rights..

  • ikihi

    this is just democrats trying to stir the pot as usual.

  • ikihi

    Lincoln was a GOP republican who sought to conserve the north. He was a conservative republican.

  • carlton goodson

    This was not about slavery it was not terror it was about the loss of freedom from the terror of the north and the lack of money the north was broke.

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