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Smart Talk: Historian's view of Confederate flag; Obamacare ruling impact in PA; Law allowing cities to be sued for gun laws struck down

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jun 26, 2015 9:15 AM
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Photo by Scott LaMar/WITF

Stand alone Confederate flags will not be sold at the Gettysburg National Military Park's Museum and Visitor Center Book Store. Will reenactments like this one at Gettysburg in 2013 be affected?

 

What to look for on Smart Talk Friday, June 26, 2015:

The Confederate battle flag has probably gotten more attention in the last week than at any time since the end of the Civil War in 1865.

It began when nine African-Americans were shot and killed in a South Carolina church.  Police say the alleged killer was motivated by racial hatred.  Photographs went public of him waving a Confederate flag, which to many is a symbol of racism.

Thousands responded by calling for South Carolina to remove the Confederate flag from its state capitol grounds.  After Republican Gov. Nikki Haley agreed, other Confederate flags and symbols of the Confederacy were targeted for removal.

Those who claimed the flag represents southern heritage and history seem outnumbered. 

Dr. Allen Guelzo, who is Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era and Director of Civil War Era Studies at Gettysburg College appears on Friday's Smart Talk with a unique point-of-view on the Confederate flag.

Also, we'll hear about two court rulings and their impact.

Antoinette Kraus of the Pennsylvania Health Access Network discusses how Pennsylvanians will be affected by the U.S. Supreme Court decision Thursday that upholds the use of government subsidies in the Affordable Care Act.

Finally, we'll learn more about a Commonwealth Court ruling that said a state law is unconstitutional that allowed gun owners to sue municipalities that had their own gun laws.  Lancaster Mayor Rick Gray joins us.

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Dr. Allen Guelzo and Lancaster Mayor Rick Gray

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  • Scott LaMar img 2015-06-26 10:51

    Phil writes...
    Thank you, Professor Guelzo. The Confederate Flag celebrates treason against the United States. As does the Gettysburg battlefield national park which celebrates both sides, where there are only good guys; as does US 1, the section in Virginia named after Jefferson Davis, the traitor who led the Confederacy.

    The so-called freedom the Confederacy sought was the freedom to deny freedom to 4 million slaves, a fact that should be the starting point for this conversation.

  • Scott LaMar img 2015-06-26 11:47

    Luke says...
    Can we talk about forgetting or denying the past?

    The flag had picked up some negative connotations, but we can not bury it or forget about the past and what it historically represented.

    We must always remember and learn from our past.

  • Scott LaMar img 2015-06-26 11:59

    Manuel adds...
    I find it shocking that eBay and Amazon have removed and made inappropriate for sale any items with the Confederate Battle Flag.

    What shocks me, is that I can buy swastika materials, SS materials, and Nazi youth materials on these same sites. So, is this saying that it is ok to be an anti-semite, but not racist?

    Additionally, I am offended, as a Celt, by the Union Jack, my people were oppressed, sold and massacred by the English, but is it something I should be demanding not be sold?

  • Scott LaMar img 2015-06-26 14:14

    Dr. Baptiste-Roberts says...
    I'm an immigrant, so I have to admit that I am not well versed with all the intricate historical details.


    However, my question is "Are there parallels with nazi symbolism?". The Nazi regime was a powerful regime, full of conviction, rebellion etc. I've heard these terms used to describe the confederate army.

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    Thank you, Professor Guelzo. The Confederate Flag celebrates treason against the United States. As does the Gettysburg battlefield national park which celebrates both sides, where there are only good guys; as does US 1, the section in Virginia named after Jefferson Davis, the traitor who led the Confederacy.
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