Speaking as an older white boy from the north, I've never had any particular feelings regarding the latest outrageous atrocity. And it seems that I'm hardly an outlier, as a majority of Americans have responded to the media/political hubub over the Confederate flag with a collective shrug as we go about our daily affairs.
American public opinion on the Confederate flag remains about where it was 15 years ago, with most describing the flag as a symbol of Southern pride more than one of racism, according to a new CNN/ORC poll.
More surprising to me is that CNN deviated from its usual practice of sustained hysteria about plane crashes to report that, meh, most people don't care much about the Confederate flag. The carefully manufactured uproar over that flag has flopped. The fact that one deranged and severely mentally ill kid held one at some point before he shot up a black church and killed nine folks has nothing to with the Confederate flag, any more than the fact that the same kid burned an American flag at some point has anything to do with that flag.
Efforts to wipe out reminders of history are meaningless because they won't change history; it is in fact a dangerous practice because history ignored very often becomes history repeated.