06/24/2015 04:22 pm ET Updated Jun 24, 2016

Removal of the Confederate Flag

Why has it taken so long to remove the Confederate Flag in the United States? It represents a dark period in America and it should be removed from all public places, especially in the southern part of the United States. President Obama stated that the flag should be placed in a museum. This comes days after the Charleston, S.C. shooting that took the lives of nine innocent people.

The domestic terrorist act carried out by Dylann Roof represents a long history of killing in America tied to racism and injustice. Removing the flag could signal the beginning of change in the south and in American history because thousands of people, black and white alike, are becoming increasingly tired of the senseless violence associated with racism.

We, as a people, have made some strides in the area of dealing with extreme racism in America, but more needs to be done in order to send a strong message throughout the nation. This type of behavior will not be tolerated or accepted on any level. However, there will be major opposition in regards to successfully removing the flag because for some the flag represents everything wrong with the United States. While for others, the flag represents everything right in the United States.

The Confederate Flag has been challenged a few times, but the efforts never really picked up any real momentum. Why does it always take a tragedy to address some of the real core issues in America? Everybody knows that the flag issue should have been dealt with many decades ago, but lawmakers were reluctant to take on this enormous fight that could potentially jeopardize their political careers. Select GOP Presidential candidates are returning donations made by some of the racist groups in America. If the shooting tragedy did not occur in Charleston, then the candidates would have kept the donations.

How hypocritical are we when it comes down to politics? If you know that racism is not right, then why support the process in any form or fashion? Leaders should be more than willing to stand for what's right, especially when you are running for President of the United States. Letting go of the past is very important and the removal of the Confederate Flag would serve as a major victory for the entire country. We, as a country. have missed so many opportunities for a serious dialogue concerning race relations in America. However, it's never too late to take on this topic because the next generation is depending on our success to move the country forward.

You never know what kind of action could lead to real change in the world. Unfortunately, thousands of people sacrificed their lives to make America the great country that it is today. The Confederate Flag will always be a part of American History, but we must work harder and harder everyday to never repeat our past mistakes.