What a Revered Black Civil Rights Leader Says About the Confederate Flag

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Black civil rights icon and former Mayor of Atlanta Andrew Young says that debate over the Confederate flag is a  non-issue which completely distracts from the real problem – “the fact that 93% of blacks are killed by other blacks.”

Young is widely recognized as a prominent activist for the African-American civil rights movement, having been a personal friend and supporter of Martin Luther King. Young marched with King in Selma, Alabama and was with King when he was assassinated. He was also instrumental in pushing through the 1964 Civil Rights Act and 1965 Voting Rights Act.

Andrew Young has a foundation named after him. Born in 1932 in New Orleans, he went on to become a diplomat, educator, Civil Rights activist, mayor, U.S. Representative, and a pastor.

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Andrew Young with MLK Jr.

The problems we face don’t have anything to do with a flag and he’s not interested in a big, divisive flag fight, he said.

“The flag is a symbol that means a lot of things to a lot of people” and he…admires “the restoration of Southern traditions.”

The challenge for us is “not to wipe out our past but learn to live together in the future.”

Maybe his attitude towards the flag stems from an understanding of what is really important. He once famously said, “It is a blessing to die for a cause, because you can so easily die for nothing.”

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    • Of course Steve!

      Andrew Young is a terrific person. He is a good man and even after watching his friend Martin Luther King Jr. gunned down, he concerns himself, not with hate, but with the well-being of blacks.

      • Thank you Sara! I finally got it posted.
        I can’t believe they expect me to work around here! (I’m supposed to be the boss!) What’s this world coming to?
        I hope you and your family have a great Independence Day weekend celebration!

        • Happy Independence Day!! I’ve been busy too but I love this man so I found a way to get this video up.

  1. It’s a shame that we don’t have a lot more MLKing’s and no Jesse Jackson Pimp Daddy Al Sharpton obumos Eric holder and people of their type.their doing nothing for the BLACK PEOPLE other then than causing them a lot of problems .

  2. I’m glad some one finally said it! With all the really bad politics going on right now( H.R. 376,ITAR, and the trades bill) people are more worried about a flag that was being used before the civil war. It is a non issue. It is un American on many levels to per-mote one flag while trying to ban another one that has been part of ore history for over a 100 years, what is next will schools stop teaching about the civil war!

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