Patrick Dawson

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This is my personal “Confederacy essay.” It is about my journey to understanding, and it was a long time coming. I write it for folks like me, namely those who have honestly not thought through this issue all that well. I write it also for my friends and anyone who cares. This essay’s roots are in a past Facebook discussion about the state of America, which I still think is a great nation. A friend of mine, far less convinced than I, told me bluntly to “get your Confederate flag out of the drawer.” I responded, truthfully, that I do not own one. But to be more honest and accurate, I used to own one many years ago, though I no longer have it. I never took it out of its box or displayed it. I wish I could say that I had burned or buried it, but the truth is that I simply lost it in one of my many household moves.