The politics of taking down the Confederate flag

Taking down a Confederate flag in Alabama
State workers took down a Confederate national flag on the grounds of the state Capitol, Wednesday, June 24, 2015, in Montgomery. Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley orders Confederate flags taken down from state Capitol.
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"There's a lot more complexity to it than people understand," said David Woodard. "The context and generational change" made this "the time" he added.

"I'm concerned about the fact that you have a corridor of shame that runs down 95 where you have some of the poorest African-Americans in the country," said Jason Johnson. "Taking down a symbol is not going to change the lives of African-Americans in that state."

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