Confederate flag scandal in Glastonbury, England

This video from the USA says about itself:

Whoopi Goldberg on The View Compares Confederate Flag to Nazi Swastika – ABC – June 22, 2015

In the events following the Charleston shooting, the discussion on racism has merged with a discussion of whether it is appropriate for the South Carolina Statehouse to continue flying the Confederate flag. Jeb Bush gave his opinion on the issue when he said that despite being a symbol of Southern heritage, the flag’s context is outdated and belongs only in Florida museums. While other GOP politicians have touched on the issue with varying conviction, Mike Huckabee called it a state matter that was not an issue for 2016 candidates, while Rick Santorum refused to take a side on the debate.

On Monday’s episode of The View, the side-stepping of the discussion did not sit well with the panelists. Whoopi Goldberg condemned the flying of the flag, saying that with how long the flag has been glorified in the South amid decades of controversy, the only way to argue against the flag’s defenders is to compare it to the flag of Nazi Germany.

“It would be like having the swastika flag flying on your next-door neighbor,” said Goldberg. “That is a part of history in Germany that they are struggling desperately to get away from.”

“If it continues to fly, the statement that’s being made … is that ‘We miss this really crappy part of history,’ and that is where the conversation has to begin.”

Goldberg also said that even though she acknowledged the flag’s historical relevance and status as a symbol of pride, placing the flag in a museum was the only way to take the “stink” out of the flag’s reputation. “None of us want the connotations that that flag gave to people. I think that America’s biggest human beings [should] at least have the conversation, and call racism racism when they see it.”

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Confederate flag flying at Glastonbury

Friday 26th June 2015

THE CONFEDERATE flag has been snapped flying over the fence at Glastonbury Festival — just days after major retailers and institutions in the US banned selling and displaying it.

This comes a week after white supremacist terrorist Dylann Roof, 21, had opened fire in Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church in Charleston, South Carolina, killing nine people.

Mr Roof, who is in custody, is seen in photographs posing with the Confederate flag, which is a divisive symbol due to its links with the American civil war.

He was reported to have told friends that by shooting black people he had wanted to start another similar conflict.

Commentators on social media have stated that taking the Confederate flag to a major music event is insensitive, while others said it may have been done in “irony.”

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