CCPS Superintendent Stephen Guthrie addresses Confederate flags in schools
How ironic and sad that the writer of the letter, “Banning Confederate flag is a hateful act” (Jan. 16), believes Carroll County’s proposed ban on bringing or wearing the Confederate flag to school sees that as intolerant or contributing to a “hostile classroom.” That flag, that symbol, will always be a reminder of one of this nation's most hateful and morally vile periods.
While some historians can romanticize its aura and sentimental attachment to the brave white brethren who gloriously marched off and gave their lives to save their way of life, that wretched flag symbolizes pure evil and white supremacy. Always has and always will. So while visions of John Wayne, Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone dance through the writer's head, the flag's also a reminder to millions of government sanctioned tyranny and racism long after the Civil War.
American history was one of his favorite subjects? That's exactly what it was — "his story.” The flag, like commemorative statues honoring Confederate "heroes,” belongs in a museum.