THERE SHOULD BE NO MISTAKING WHAT THE CONFEDERACY STOOD FOR.
Below are the words of the Vice-President of the Confederacy, Alexander Stephens.
Any flag which recalls the creed and belief he expresses so baldly can only be the source of pain for many and and for some demented few the rage to kill as we have seen again in Charleston this week. LET IT BE GONE.
The “cornerstone” of the Confederate States, Stephens said, “rests upon the great truth that the Negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery—subordination to the superior race—is his natural and normal condition.” Speaking impromptu in Savannah, GA a few weeks after the inauguration of the Confederate government, he enthusiastically called the new Confederate government “the first in the history of the world, based upon this great philosophical, and moral truth.” Its constitution has “put at rest forever all agitating questions relating to our peculiar institution—African slavery as it exists among us—the proper status of the Negro in our form of civilization.”