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Tue., Aug. 31, 2010, 8:21 a.m.

KootCon: Confederate Flag Not Racist

Kootenai Conservative: All my relatives on my father's side are from the South, and they would tell you it would be a grave mistake to interpret a display of the Confederate flag as a gesture of racism or sympathy with slavery. It's a symbol of Southern pride that those of us from the North or West can have trouble understanding because there's nothing analogous to it in our own regional cultures. A lot of people in Texas fly Texas flags for the same reason.

Question: Do you consider the display of a confederate flag to be a racist statement?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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