The United States of America that now exists began as 13 British colonies. After years of oppression under the rule of King George III, many colonists wanted independence and fought the Revolutionary War. When the war was fought, there were still loyalists in the colonies. However, America won the revolution, and the British flag was no longer flown in this country.

Later in America’s history the country became divided. The 1860 election of Abraham Lincoln as president led to the secession of 11 states forming the Confederacy — South Carolina being the first state to secede. The Civil War was fought between the Confederate States and the Union States. The Confederacy lost — just as the British did in the American Revolution. And just as the British flag came down and is no longer flown, so should the Confederate flag. South Carolina is no longer a Confederate state. This in no way diminishes the history or the legacy, but historical artifacts belong in a museum.

If one wishes to honor his heritage on personal property, I wholeheartedly support that decision and respect that heritage. Fly the flag in your yard, drape it over your house, your car, anything that you personally own. However, South Carolina belongs to all of its residents, and the only flags that should fly on public grounds should be ones that represent us all.

I say to Gov. Nikki Haley and all of our representatives in Columbia. This is an emotional time, and many of you spoke passionately about wanting to unite us, as a people, in South Carolina. Actions speak louder than words. True commitment comes after the emotion is gone and action is required.

Angela Simmons

South Live Oak Drive

Moncks Corner