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.
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.”