It was no accident that just a couple of weeks after the horrific murders committed by Dylann Roof in Charleston, a group of young whites drove up to the house of a black family that was celebrating a birthday with weapons and Confederate battle flags. Arrests were made and earlier today two of the individuals involved received lengthy prison terms.
Contrary to what others will say, the Confederate battle flag was not misused or radically re-interpreted for the purposes of intimidating and/or threatening an African-American family. This incident connects the flag as a symbol of racial hate through the civil rights movement, Jim Crow and even the war itself.
In addition to the brief quote above in the title space, the judge went on to say the following: “If you drive around town with a Confederate flag, yelling the ‘N’ word, you know how it’s going to be interpreted.” It doesn’t get any clearer than that people.