Revisionist Memory

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

These tweets from Yoni caught my eye this morning:

If you never read it, or want to reread in light of the new poll, here’s Ta-Nehisi’s piece from June calling for the removal of the Confederate flag in the wake of the Charleston shooting. And here’s a piece he did a few days later digging deep into the history of the flag. This new poll is a small but potent example of how hope wins over fatalism, something I wish Ta-Nehisi touched on more.

In other Confederate flag news:

More on that controversy here. It’s not the first time Carson has sounded off on the symbol:

When South Carolina moved to remove the flag from its state Capitol grounds after a mass shooting at a black church, Carson shared his personal experiences. Carson recalled to CNN a time when a neighbor flew the flag “as a message to us” when Carson moved into a neighborhood in Maryland. “But the interesting thing is all the neighbors immediately put up American flags and shamed this individual, and he took it down,” Carson said.