In his Sunday NYT column, Charles Blow calls on Bree Newsome Bass to respond to Nikki Haley’s revisionist history concerning the Confederate flag.
“Bass quite correctly saw Haley’s [statement] ‘as part of the ongoing revisionist history that people continue to engage in around Confederate symbology.’
…Let’s be clear: The Confederate battle flag we know today is an emblem of oppression, white supremacy and the fight to maintain slavery. That is its heritage.
…As [Bass] put it, when [white supremacist Dylann] Roof displayed the Confederate flag, ‘He was coming in the tradition of that racism and that violence.’
Bass makes a piercing point: The N.A.A.C.P. and the Ku Klux Klan ‘are in agreement about what the Confederate flag is.’There is no true ambiguity.”