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By removing the flag, you are saying it is not moral to glorify such things, so what shall we do with all the historical statues, tributes, placards, flags, monuments and markers that litter the landscape of this country from sea to shining sea? If a Confederate Flag represents slavery and hatred, what in the world does a larger-than-life monument for General Robert E. Lee say, or a statue of a senator that was known to be racist. I would think we would have to remove all historical statues, flags and tributes that are on display on federal, state, county or city lands to a museum. They all depict the history of this great land and how it has evolved. We are a melting pot of all races; I would assume that most of them upset one race or another in some way. They are all museum pieces displayed under the big blue sky; they are there to remind us of the lessons learned in the past, impossible feats we have overcome, mistakes to never make again. If we are to censor history, why not censor it all? Why not take it all down and stuff it in a museum? I myself do not care where the Confederate Flag is flown or not flown. What is important to me is for people to understand that, no matter what you do, or where you put things, people will continue to form their own opinions based on their beliefs. Nothing will change if you hide all the history. We learn by history not to make the same mistakes twice. If you truly want change, everyone must start with themselves. “The first and greatest victory is to conquer yourself; to be conquered by yourself is of all things most shameful and vile,” said Plato. My conclusion is every American has contributed to the racism in this country via self-segregation. When we self-segregate, we are silently contributing to racism to some extent. Without words of hate, without bad intentions, but by saying through choice, “I feel more comfortable in the presences of this group.” This applies to all races. All races self-segregate. If you want the racism to stop, you must first stop the self-segregation, which leads to a lack of understanding of any groups’ views and opinions of any other group. Where there is a lack of understanding, there is fear, and fear leads to violence.