Once politically sacrosanct, Confederate flag moves toward an end

It’s a topic in boardrooms,” said Andy Taggart, a Republican consultant in Mississippi. “For years we’ve had to grant every other state a little bit of a head start because we’ve needed to overcome the fact that we’re still perceived as firmly ensconced in our view of the past.”…

…While the current reaction against the flag is no doubt a reflexive one after the killings in Charleston, it also has a generational dimension.

Former Mississippi governor Haley Barbour (R) said in an interview with MSNBC on Tuesday that he is “not offended at all by our flag or the Confederate flag.”

But his nephew, Henry Barbour, 50, a member of the Republican National Committee, disagreed with his 67-year-old uncle.

“Charleston has to be a catalyst, especially the response from the families, which were remarkable and so godly,” Henry Barbour said Tuesday. “I’m ready to see us move on. I respect the hearts of others who disagree, but it’s time to fold up our flag, put it in a museum. Our flag should represent every one of the 3 million people who live in Mississippi.”

Washington Post