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Confederate history

From Texas Standard:

The effort to put distance between government and symbols of the South’s Confederate past continues to gain momentum from public schools to statehouses. The South Carolina Legislature moved one step closer to removing the Confederate flag from its capital this week with a resounding 36-3 vote in the Senate – the issue now goes to a more divided House.

There’s a similar debate underway this week in Texas.

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

The debate over flying the Confederate flag has moved to a private cemetery near certain African-American neighborhoods in San Antonio. The Confederate Cemetery on the city’s Eastside is the burial site for hundreds of soldiers who fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War and the debate is over whether the cemetery flag should come down. 

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A few months ago, my girlfriend and I were driving south on Interstate 95 from D.C. to Richmond, Va., where we had tickets for a comedy show. On an otherwise nondescript stretch of highway not long into the drive, we were startled by the sight of an enormous Confederate flag billowing over the trees. It's hard to convey how huge this flag was; its bigness seemed to imply a middle finger.

We both reflexively broke out some blue exclamations, looking at each other like, "Is this for real?"

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