In the aftermath of the Emanuel A.M.E. shooting where Dylann Roof killed nine African-American church members including the pastor in 2015, an old debate has resurfaced over the honor of the Confederate flag. Proponents of the flag claim the Confederate battle flag represents heritage but many especially those in the African-American communities question what heritage are defenders really celebrating. The debate has intensified on both sides so I am curious to know where you stand in this debate. Please use the resources I have provided for you down below and join this debate. Assignment Instructions: [READ CHAPTER 16] Before you begin this assignment, you will need to review chapter 16 in the textbook to learn about achievements and failures of Reconstruction including the triumphs of white supremacy by 1870s. [REVIEW PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SOURCES] After completing reading chapter 16, you will proceed to read and review the following primary and secondary resources on the topic on the Confederate flag. Secondary Source #1: 1) “The Confederate Battle Flag: Separating Myths from Facts” (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. by Ben Brumfield Secondary Source #2: 2) “Does the Confederate Flag Breed Racism?” (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. by New York Times: Room for Debate Secondary Source #3: 3) “The Confederate Flag Was Always Racist” (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.by Bruce Levine Secondary Source #4: Kal Penn, “Heritage or Hate: Mississippi’s State Flag,” Vice News, 2015. Secondary Source #5: Elle Reeve, “Charlottesville: Race and Terror,” Vice News Tonight, 2017. [ASSESS AND POST A TOPIC REPLY/30 points]: Now that you have review the readings and sources, what are your thoughts on the Confederate flag? To complete this assignment, you will participate in this online class discussion on the topic of the Confederate Flag by writing and posting a Topic Reply (minimum of 400 words) that answers all of the following critical thinking questions: Questions: 1) What was your previous understanding of the Confederate flag? 2) What history and heritage does the Confederate flag represent for both whites and blacks? 3) What are the reasons why Neo-Nazis would come to defend the Confederacy? 3) Do you think the flag should continue to fly or be taken down from public places?