The writer of a March 26 letter titled “Naval Jack” took issue with Fr. Reginald Simmons’ column likening the Confederate Naval Jack to a swastika.

Long after the Confederacy fell, staunch resistance to civil rights for blacks was shown in the South. Confederate battle flags played a big part in that show. And hate groups still love Confederate battle flags.

Any supremacist symbol is a lie. It is silly to quibble about which of any such symbols tells that lie in a bigger way by tallying atrocities.

Neither the supremacist navy jack nor the supremacist swastika flew above the Sullivan’s Island holdover where many young Africans died after voyages involving atrocity beyond telling. Neither did, but either might have.

Jim Malecky

Schooner Road

Charleston