I read with interest the “Voices” article written by Rick Leaumont. He defended the display of the Confederate battle flag claiming the soldiers were flying the flag for “purely American values ... defense of home and hearth and what they perceived as their country.”
The southern states seceded from the United States, which was an act of treason. One of the major reasons the states seceded was the preservation of the southern slave economy. The Confederate battle flag was then a symbol of racism and support of slavery. That flag continues today to be a symbol of racism, which seeks to divide, rather than unite the people of this country.
There is no place for that flag to fly in any official state-sponsored capacity. If individuals choose to exercise their right to free speech by displaying the flag, they may do so, but there is no merit to the claim that the display of the flag is not a racist act.