Everyone should watch the video of Rep. Jenny Horne’s impassioned and impressive speech in the S.C. House of Representatives advocating the removal of the Confederate battle flag from the Statehouse grounds.

Rep. Jenny Horne, a descendant of Jefferson Davis and a lifelong South Carolinian, said she was tired of the talk connecting the flag with Southern heritage.

As a descendant of Southern slave owners and Confederate soldiers, with more than 300 years of Southern heritage, I agree with her wholeheartedly. We can be proud of our genealogy, but not agree with, or take pride in, everything that our ancestors did. Slavery was wrong and the war that was fought to preserve slavery was wrong.

People who go on and on about Southern heritage tend not to include our black Southern heritage, which is just as valid historically as white Southern heritage. Our black neighbors also have been here for more than 300 years.

The Confederate battle flag has in fact become a symbol of hate. That was demonstrated on the website of Dylann Roof, where several photographs show him posing with the flag, along with his diatribe of ethnic hatred.

I am full of Southern pride that Rep. Horne is a member of the Charleston delegation.

Robert P. Stockton

Montagu Court

Charleston