• Rand Paul: It’s Time to Put the Confederate Flag in a Museum

    In a recent interview with Boston talk radio host Jeffrey Kuhner, Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul became the latest public figure to come out against the flying of the Confederate flag on government ground.

    Kuhner told Senator Paul that “a lot of Republican candidates have taken a position on” the issue of whether or not to fly the Confederate flag, “some say it’s an issue for states rights, it’s a state issue, others say that should the Confederate flag should be brought down.”

    “Where do you stand with South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley? She says the Confederate flag should go: agree, disagree?” Kuhner asked.

    “No, I agree,” Rand Paul replied. “I think the flag is inescapably a symbol of human bondage and slavery, and particularly when people use it obviously for murder and to justify hatred so vicious that you would kill somebody. I think that symbolism needs to end, and I think South Carolina’s doing the right thing.”

    The Confederate flag is “a symbol of human bondage and slavery,” Paul added. “If I were in South Carolina, that’s what I’d vote to do and that’s what I would recommend to anybody who asked me my opinion.”

    Rand Paul also made a point that I have long-argured, saying that “people used it for southern pride and heritage and all that. But really I think to every African-American in the country, it’s the symbolism of slavery for them. And now it’s a symbol of murder for this young man, and so I think it’s time to put it in a museum.”

    South Carolina’s legislature is expected to hold a vote in the coming months on whether or not to take the Confederate flag down and off of government buildings.

    Recently, Republican speaker of the Mississippi state house, Philip Gunn, called for the removal of the Confederate emblem from his state’s flag.

    “We must always remember our past, but that does not mean we must let it define us. As a Christian, I believe our state’s flag has become a point of offense that needs to be removed,” Gunn told The Clarion-Ledger. “We need to begin having conversations about changing Mississippi’s flag.”

    Jerome Hudson

    Managing Editor

    Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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