Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Clouding the Issue

I guess I am amazed that the country has become galvanized around the issue of Confederate flags and banners while ignoring the real mental health issues that contribute to people committing heinous atrocities.

The more, it seems, that we focus on trying to end the Civil War the farther from the news those with extreme views are able to hide from the American public.

We have lost sight of the real issue and are focused upon a symptom.

Why did an imbalanced young adult walk into a church and murder people? We may never know, but I am pretty sure that a Confederate flag did not tell him to commit the crime.

It is clear that he was exposed to extreme and anti-social dogmas that will survive whether the flags are removed or not. And will we be further limiting our rights to free speech and expression if flags and banners are outlawed?

The flag did not commit the crime!

A misguided and potentially mentally ill person did. Let's focus on the action and the person and stop hiding behind the wrapping paper.

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD
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