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Kevin Kamenetz

The past that's still with us

The past that's still with us

The murder last month of nine black parishioners at a church in Charleston, S.C., allegedly by a young white gunman who posted pictures of himself online with a Confederate flag, prompted a national debate over the meaning of that symbol today. Some whites view the flag as an expression of pride in their Southern heritage, but many African-Americans view it as a glorification of slavery, racial bigotry and hatred. Last week, the divisive controversy surrounding the flag surfaced in Baltimore when some community leaders called on the city to rid itself of all symbols of the Confederacy, including century-old sculptures, monuments and memorials that were erected only a few decades after the...