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The people who are against confederate imagery think that it represents the oppression of African Americans during slavery. Confederate imagery is “a highly charged reminder of legacies of racism that have long been employed by racists to intimidate the black community and to oppose those struggling for racial equality” (Inwood & Alderman). They do not want to see something that reminds them of a dark time of hateful violence. To conclude this side of the controversy wants people to understand the oppression of African Americans and realize that there has been too much unnecessary violence in the past. To resolve this controversy, a compromise must be made to make the most amount of people happy. Both sides of the arguments must be respected, and I do believe that there is a way to deal with Confederate imagery while preserving the lessons of the past. The best way to do this is finding that middle ground, which won’t be easy, but worth the effort.
The argument that thinks that pro-confederate imagery feels like confederate imagery should stay up in governmental buildings and should not be banned. One of the reasons for backing up the Confederate flag is that the civil war should be remembered, and the Confederate flag is a symbol of how far, we as a nation, has come. A lot of people “interpret the battle flag as representative of the honorable struggle by their ancestors in the Civil War” (Leib & Webster). These people think that if the confederate flags and monuments were torn down, it would disrespect the southerners who fought in the Civil War and the south would lose their heritage. This side of the argument does not think that the flag represents violence and the oppression of African Americans.
Confederate imagery has been in the heat of debate for a while now and it has become difficult for governmental figures to figure out what to do about Confederate imagery. The Confederate monuments were built to honor the south and served as a symbol of pride for the people who fought in the Civil War. Now, it has struck a lot of people’s attention because people feel like confederate imagery represents the oppression of African Americans during the time of slavery. Although, there are still people who feel as if the Confederate monuments still represent pride, rebellion, and strength. There are two sides of the Confederate controversy, but there is a middle ground and that is understanding both sides of the argument and coming up with a way to please both sides. If I were a mayor, I would strive to find a good middle ground option to try to please everyone. Picking a side would only please half of the people, and I would want most to all the people in the community to trust me. This is an example: “the flag is about heritage, but I recognize that it is deeply hurtful to others” (Scoppe). Recognizing that both sides of the argument have valid points and there is no right or wrong side would be the first step to finding a good middle ground strategy.