The Stars and Bars of the Confederate nation was was raised over the South Carolina State House on April 11, 1961 to commemorate the centennial celebration of the War Between The States and a year later the state’s all-white legislators enacted a law to continue flying the flag as a protest against the civil rights movement. The rebel battle flag from the Citadel was transferred from atop the capitol dome to its present station as a compromise to indignant calls for its removal, however the flag was not lowered to half-mast after the recent mass killing of black church goers by a right-wing racist in Charleston.
Lowering the flag requires a super majority vote by the state’s legislature, although the CSA’s flag was banned after the all-black 55th Massachusetts regiment occupied the birthplace of secession in February 1965.
Many southerners argue that the flag is a monument to the fallen dead of the South, however its true meaning is best surmised by William Tappan Thompson, a pro-slavery writer in 1863.
“As a people, we are fighting to maintain the Heaven-ordained supremacy of the white man over the inferior or colored race.”
The Stars and Bars exists strictly as a symbol of institutional slavery and the continued repression of anyone who is not white.
ps William Tappan Thompson came from New York, which along with Rhode Island and Boston are the most racist regions of the Northeast.
pps the 55th Massachusetts regiment’s first acts upon entering Charleston were to restore order and put out the fires set by looters.