Take it down
The image above is from Saturday's rally in South Carolina calling for the flag of treason to be removed from the state capitol (more images here). This person's sign speaks for me. Whatever "heritage" that flag represents is a shameful one. The Confederacy was all about preserving slavery -- its founders proudly and unambiguously proclaimed that fact at the time. Any claim to the contrary is a flagrant lie, and yet we've tolerated and indulged that lie for decades.
Enough is enough. For a century and a half that lie has bloodied our country with too many murders to count. Last week it fueled nine more. The lie must be smashed.
Not by censorship, but by response. From now on, every display of the Confederate flag, every defense of the Confederate cause, every invocation of "heritage" or "states' rights" or any other garbage calculated to legitimize that flag and what it stood for, must be beaten back with the flamethrower of unrelenting condemnation and truth. Hit back with facts and history and righteous outrage, until that flag and that "heritage" are so despised and embarrassing that not even the vilest Republican dares defend them.
Green Eagle has expressed the imperative eloquently in this post, which I urge everyone to read. Please also read this essay and this one, both of which I endorse.
We cannot bring back the nine who were murdered. But we can honor their memory by finally purging our national consciousness of the lie that helped egg the murderer on.