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As protests in America continue, the ongoing conversation about historical confederate symbols is back in the spotlight, this time on multiple fronts.
* NASCAR announced it would ban the display of the Confederate flag at all events and properties of the auto racing giant.
* General and former CIA director Petraeus wrote an op-ed calling for re-naming the Army bases named for Confederate leaders, after which a number of high-ranking officials, including Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Army Secretary Ryan McCarty, proposed a “bipartisan conversation” to explore the renaming. The President took a stand against the renaming.
* Then this week, protesters in Washington DC toppled the statue of Confederate General Albert Pike.
Join us in a Crossing Party Lines conversation to explore and share your views on this topic. Questions we hope to discuss include:
• What do confederate symbols mean to you? To America?
• Under what circumstances is it reasonable to remove a historical symbol?
• What impact might the decision we make about Confederate symbols have on future generations?
– How the Army might rename Confederate installations (https://www.armytimes.com/news/your-army/2020/06/20/how-the-army-might-rename-confederate-installations/)
– Stone Mountain and other monuments to the Confederacy should be wiped clean (https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/10/opinions/stone-mountain-confederacy-monuments-white-supremacy-shepherd/index.html)
– The war of the statues is a battle for freedom (https://spectator.us/war-statues-battle-freedom/)
– Bubba Wallace steers NASCAR the right way on Confederate flag (https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/10/opinions/bubba-wallace-nascar-confederate-flag-joseph/index.html)
– Army bases aren’t defined by their Confederate namesakes (https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/army-bases-arent-defined-by-their-confederate-namesakes)
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