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Jacqueline Finley: Confederate flag lowering the right step

When one person is denied rights, every person is denied rights. These include not only rights to equal justice and opportunity, but also rights to equal respect and dignity.

While the Confederate flag has not flown for the past 50 years over most of the United States, the fact that it has been permitted to fly — until recently — over specific regions of our country has diminished all Americans.

Dr. Martin Luther King said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” While some individuals might see the Confederate flag as a symbol of Southern pride or veneration of ancestral accomplishments, others view it as a representation of the worst of humanity and a reminder that legitimate demands for fairness and recognition are not always honored in our “equal” society. As in strong and well-functioning families, we need to listen closely to all our citizens and be able to make changes ensuring as much fairness and understanding of others’ perspectives as possible.

The lowering of the Confederate flag at South Carolina’s capitol is a step in the right direction. We have a long ways to go, but we are making progress as a society and as a country.

Jacqueline Finley

Grass Valley

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