Letter to the editor: Dear Citizens of Kansas who fly the confederate flag
I write this open letter to inform you that you not only disgrace your ancestors, but also the whole of Kansas. You may not know, or have forgotten, the role our proud state played in the Civil War. Either that or you are ignorant to the history of that flag.
You may recall in the years before the war, Kansas was a hotspot of abolitionist ideology, which incited the cruelty of Bleeding Kansas. Kansas, and its battle to free slaves, was the straw that broke the camel's back and instigated the Civil War.
Kansas was the state the immigrants fled to — German, Central American and people of color alike. My great-great-grandfather fought for Kansas against the traitors in the south. To see the flag flown, near the graves and family of courageous, powerful men and their families makes the survivors of their lineage sick.
The Confederates were traitors and terrorists who could not treat a man like a human. When I see the flag flying on your pole as I drive to work, I make a few natural assumptions about your character.
My family has fought to protect our country in the European and Pacific theaters. We are a proud Kansas lineage, with Eisenhower in our tree. I will not impede your rights to fly that flag, but I suggest you either hang it inside or get out of Kansas.
Mason Cook, Abilene