1960s Civil Rights Activist: ‘The Problems We Face Don’t Have Anything to do with the Flag’


Former of Atlanta mayor and civil rights activist Andrew Young commented on the debate over the display of the Confederate flag and on its role in the murders in Charleston.

In a recent interview with Fox Atlanta 5, Young stressed that the presence of the Confederate flag is irrelevant. In regards to remove the flag, Kings explained:

“I would never trade the flag for a single job. The problems we face don’t have anything to do with the flag. The fact is that 93 percent of the black people killed are killed by other black people. So if black lives matter, let us start believing that we matter.

The flag is a symbol that means a lot of things to a lot of people … The challenge for us is not to wipe out our past, but to learn to live together in the future.”

A personal friend of Martin Luther King, Jr., Young marched along side MLK. The also played a significant role in the passing of the 1964 Civil Rights and 1965 Voting Rights Acts.

H/T Weasel Zippers