MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Governor Bentley made the controversial decision this week to take down the Confederate Flags from the State Capitol. The Governor stated that he did not want the flag controversy to become a distraction to lawmakers as they continue to work on the state's budget. You can't help but recognize that the decision comes on the heels of the killings in South Carolina.
I said just this week that the killings should not be blamed on the flag or a gun, but on the individual who committed the act. I stand by that comment.
With that said, I applaud the Governor for his decision. The flag represents many things to many people. For some it is a symbol of their heritage and for some it is simply a symbol of hatred.
In the end a very large portion of the citizens of this state are reminded every time that they see the flag of a horrific time in their culture's history. The state Capitol, the place that represents all Alabamians, is not the place to display that flag.
If you are one of the many who believe the flag stands for times gone by and for the sense of pride that is very unique to the Southern states, then fly your flag proudly and preach to all that will listen what the flag means to you.