In response to the Main Street Cowboys not allowing the flag vendor to be on Main this year, here is what I have to say.
First of all, the flag is not the “Confederate Flag.” It is the “Battle Flag of Northern Virginia.” The stars are laid out in the pattern of an X, and the blue bands are put on the 13 stars to show that the southern states no longer wanted to be a part of the union with the northern states. In simpler terms, the message of flag’s design is simply this: cross us out of your Union.
The southern states withdrew from the union in a movement called “secession,” which led to the Civil War. That is the only message this flag is sending.
If this flag actually represented slavery, hatred, white supremacy or something worse — as so many biased and uneducated people so foolishly believe — then its design would reflect that by incorporating images of those whom it stood against, and there would be a big X on their images. But that is not what is on this flag. And that is not the message this flag sends.
This flag is not racist. Never has been. Never will be. All that people need to have to be able to see and understand this obvious truth is a basic knowledge of history and an ounce of common sense.
We need all the vendors and all diversities of the vendors to keep this town alive. We cannot start acting like other states. This hate has to stop somewhere. I refuse to let this town end up like Charlottesville, or the many others desecrating monuments. We will not run over people, we will not tear down our statues, will not tear down our heritage.
We are famous for Round-Up. This could tarnish us, first the flag, then what — our statues? Then what? We look no better than any other state and then no one wants to come to Round-Up or to our town for fear of being harmed or run out of town due to race, creed or color. That’s not what this country is about. We are all equal.
Donald Edwin Lien Jr.