CHARLIE MITCHELL: Changing rebel flag would make statement that needs to be heard around world

This state’s flag, which incorporates the red, white and blue of the American flag as well as a battle flag of the Confederacy, has no magic. Like all flags, it’s a piece of cloth. Changing to a flag without the battle emblem would not end racism any more than flowers at a funeral change the reality of death.

But it’s time. Symbols do matter.

We can’t undo the gunfire that killed nine people at a Charleston church service. We can make a visible statement.