Confederate flag removed from Pa. Capitol after its ‘theft’ by member of state black caucus

Confederate flag removed from Pa. Capitol after its ‘theft’ by member of state black caucus

This is a story about freedom of speech.

It’s a story about the freedom to learn, and certainly the freedom to feel outrage and anger over another’s speech.

And finally, it’s also now become a quickly-moving story about who gets to decide whether any of the above is right and proper.

Our tale begins with the Hanover Area Historical Society’s summer display of 50 flags from different chapters of North American history at the state Capitol’s East Wing Rotunda.

The collection of handmade replica flags spans the age of early exploration — starting with a flag believed to have flown on Viking quadroons — through colonization and expansion to the present day.

And yes, there is a chapter devoted to the Civil War era, including the flag of the Confederate States of America — then and still one of the most controversial political symbols in our heritage.

That’s where the plot thickens, and Harrisburg started to feel a little bit like, say, Jackson, Mississippi.

The flag was in its place at least as late as 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

(h/t Martin Scoratow)

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