Letters to the Editor

Letter: Use of the Confederate flag

To the Editor:

I am for peaceful protests. Trump rallies, Black Lives Matter, Hispanic lives, white

lives, brown lives and any life.

On Sept. 18, parents and students from Community High School District 155 held a rally to reopen school for person-to-person learning.

“Our primary concern is and should remain a safe return to school for our students,” Superintendent Steve Olson said.

Instead, some people took advantage of the situation to make it a political rally for Trump. In effect, what they did was to steal the real purpose of the rally as stated by Olson.

They created “alternative facts” and distorted the real aim for the rally. This seems to be the mode of operation for much of our current historical politics. What is more disconcerting is the presence of a Confederate flag.

For many people, the Civil War isn’t over. That flag represents a certain ideal, thought, belief, and an un-American way of life.

This flag represents what was stated by Alexander Stephens, vice president to the southern confederacy.

“Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its cornerstone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery, subordination to the superior race, is his natural moral condition.”

The Confederate Flag flies in the face of the Preamble to the Constitution and is treasonous. It promotes violence and divides our country. When one attacks our Constitution, it is an act of war not free speech.

Richard Rill

Crystal Lake

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