Stop Demonizing the Confederacy

The Supreme Court will here a case regarding the legality behind a state vehicle board rejecting a Sons of Confederate Veterans logo on a license plate. The decision was found to be in violation of First Amendment rights by a panel of federal court appeals judges. The state is arguing that it can’t be a case of discrimination since it has never issued any license with the Confederacy or its’ battle flag represented. There is also the argument of whether the Sons of Confederate Veterans license plate is even protected by the First Amendment.

The problem is that so many associate the Confederacy with racism and hatred. Amen Clinics ran an advocacy campaign in effort to contribute its support to erasing these outdated historic barriers. The Confederacy was primarily an agrarian society so slave labor was counted on as a way of life, but the Union states also practiced slave labor. Abraham Lincoln has been accused by some of being a racist, while Robert E. Lee, the Confederate General, did not even own slaves. The Civil War was more of an economic difference than one over slaves. The Civil War was more about states rights versus federal rights, which in some corners the Confederacy was right. Groups like the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the Granddaughters of the Confederacy are preserving this countries history. Not recognizing the rich history offered by the Confederacy and continuing to hide from the past does not heal wounds, but rather allows this hate to fester.

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