Author Isabel Wilkerson argued the removal of the Confederate battle flag in South Carolina was “perhaps, truly the beginning of the end of the Civil War” on Friday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” on MSNBC.
Wilkerson said, “Well, of course, South Carolina is where the Civil War began. The first shots were fired — South Carolina was the first state to secede. And so, today we are all witnessing today, perhaps, truly the beginning of the end of the Civil War. We also have to remember that the Civil War is — was just the beginning of what would be a long experience of segregation and subjugation and of Jim Crow. This flag had been raised again in 1961, it’s been there for 50 years. And, generations from now, people will want to know why did it fly for so long. And we will have to be in a position to tell them and to know the history and tell them why.”
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