Tuesday afternoon officials in Union County removed multiple Confederate flags from the base of the Civil War Memorial on the grounds of the historic Union County Courthouse. The flags were taken away after Union County Democratic Party Chair Nancy Rorie emailed county officials requesting that the flags be removed.
In her email she wrote:
I was approached at the prayer vigil for the Charleston victims last night by a couple of people who asked me to find out how to get the Confederate flags (not monument) removed from around the monument on the Old Courthouse grounds.
I suggest that if they are still there, it's time for them to be quietly removed.
We believe the flags were placed at the base of the memorial some time around May 10, when Confederate Memorial Day is recognized in North Carolina. When initially planted, the flags were very obvious. I was somewhat surprised to see them the day I visited my favorite feed and seed store in downtown Monroe. The historic courthouse is a beautiful building and the grounds are home to all of Union County's war memorials and Union County is home to quite a few Confederate flags, so I was surprised but not shocked.
I understand why James and others here dismiss the removal of flags as trivial. Most of the people reading and writing here have not lived under the oppression and hate that this flag represents.
Nobody is suggesting we declare victory and go home, but spend some time with African Americans in a small rural town like Monroe and you will know that the removal of this flag is far more important than our privilege will allow us to understand.