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It doesn’t make any sense why the Confederate flag is still a thing in this country.

The Confederate States of America existed from 1861 through 1865. For four years they fought against the United States of America to keep the institution of slavery intact and keep the southern way of life alive.

It was odd when NASCAR announced they were no longer allowing the confederate flag. They are talking about the confederate battle flag, not the confederate flag.

“The presence of the confederate flag at NASCAR events run contrary to our commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all fans,” NASCAR wrote in a statement on Twitter.

Immediately after the post went online the public outrage began.

Some people wrote that they will never watch NASCAR again due to this decision and one driver, Ray Ciccarelli, announced he would never race with the company again.

Ciccarelli was a part-time driver of the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, with zero career victories.

This is nothing new. Everybody knows that the north or United States won the Civil War, but it certainly seems that the south won the peace.

When the United Daughters of the Confederacy was started in 1894, it was done to memorialize the men who died fighting in the Civil War but also to memorialize their forgotten way of life.

None of those women would grow up to be true southern belles. They would not live on a 100-acre plantation with slaves doing everything for them but chewing their food.

The United Daughters of the Confederacy are the same group that put up a large majority of the Confederate monuments in this country.

This was also after the era of reconstruction in the south when former slaves voted, ran for public office and served in U.S. Congress. When reconstruction ended in 1877, many hurdles were put up to make it difficult for black people to vote and public lynching of black people began.

The use of the Confederate Flag and the Confederate monuments have two meanings, in my opinion. One is to honor the heritage of a racist government and the other is to demean black people.

Imagine if people were enslaved by aliens. Then, years later, when the aliens freed us they put up a bunch of statues for the worst of our former alien overlords.

The other aliens would say, “It’s an honor to our heritage.” Then all the humans would say, “But it’s a symbol of destruction of our way of life.”

Then the aliens yell back, “Heritage!”

I think this should have been settled 150 years ago. Hopefully, it can be settled now.

Jonathan Richie is the editor of the Burnett County Sentinel. He can be reached at 715-463-2341 and via email at