I’m not the only one who’s been wondering why the Confederate flag is on the U.S. Olympic team.
I’m asking, why are they still flying it?
After the South Carolina state legislature voted to keep the Confederate banner in the stands, many people wondered if the flag would be flown again.
But in the weeks since the state’s legislative vote, several teams and players have been taking part in a series of team-wide training sessions, including a team session in which players were given a tour of the new stadium.
There’s no question the Confederate emblem is a part of who we are.
So what’s it like for these players?
I’m sitting here in the tunnel with them, watching as they practice in front of a crowd of about a thousand fans, and this is what I’m hearing from them.
I was at one of the meetings, and we had about five of the top prospects, so I had the guys come in and talk to them.
They said, “Coach, what do you think of the flag?”
I said, I love it.
I said we’ll fly it, we’re going to keep it flying, we don’t care if it’s in a different position or not.
They told me, “We’re going with it.”
So what I have to say to you is that when the people are telling me the flag is a symbol of hate and oppression, then I have a message for them: You know what?
The Confederate flag represents slavery, Jim Crow and racism, and I think you know that better than anyone, but it doesn’t mean you’re going back to it.
So when the team says, “we’re going without it,” I have one message to say: We’ll keep flying it, but we’re not going to put it up.
And I hope that everyone is listening.
And as far as the team going forward, I’m hoping that they’ll respect the decisions that were made in South Carolina, and hopefully we’ll get back to flying it.
As you may know, South Carolina is the first state in the country to remove the Confederate symbol from the grounds of its state capitol.
It’s been a process that’s been going on for more than a decade.
What’s been your experience with the team since they first took the flag off the field?
I think it’s really, really great.
I don’t know if they’re even flying it now, but I think the players are taking it very seriously.
We were doing some team drills and they came out and they were sitting on the field.
And then a little bit later they were back out there, and they brought the flag down.
And so I think they’re doing it because they understand what it means.
I know from talking to some of them and seeing what they do, they feel that they can’t just take it off.
They feel like they can make a difference and that they’re really good people and that we should have respect for what they’re trying to do.
And if you think about it, it’s an organization that’s actually been fighting for more and more to get rid of the symbol, and it’s been really hard for them.
The reason they’re taking it off the stadium, because they feel it’s disrespectful and it should never be there, is because it’s not an emblem of the Confederacy.
And they’re fighting for something bigger than just the state cap.
They’ve done this for so long and they’re still standing up for what is right.
What do you say to players who say they love the flag but don’t agree with the way they’re using it?
The truth is, we have to be respectful of their decision.
We’re a great organization and we’ve got a great staff and we have great players, and that’s the bottom line.
So I can tell you what I would say to the players.
I would tell them, I’d like them to take this as seriously as they do.
The team’s going to fly it and I hope everyone will respect it, and you know, the players feel that, too.
And the way I would speak to them is, I would encourage them to look at this in the bigger picture, because what you do is not the right way to look for the betterment of this country.
You know, there are some other organizations that are doing the same thing that are trying to come to a more equitable understanding and understanding of what is the best way to do things.
So the flag that you have is the flag of the Confederate States of America, and as you can see, it has meaning to them, and what we are trying do is to be more inclusive of everyone.
What are some of your thoughts on the team’s decision to remove it?
I have two thoughts.
First, the flag’s symbolism is very powerful.
The flag is very symbolic.
It represents the oppression of slavery.
So if you look at the history of slavery, what happened in the