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Reader: We all know why the Civil War took place

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I read this letter ("Confederate pride," June 7) and had to voice my opinion. If you are not ashamed, then there is something wrong with you as a human being. I grew up in the '60s and saw the Jim Crow South. The slaves were brought here to work and were treated as property. We all know why the Civil War took place. The Confederates fought for this — to enslave, kill and own humans.

To fight for this brings a sickening feeling every time I think about it. To me, they were worse than the terrorists we fight today. What did the poor slaves do? Were they a threat? I don't know what military you joined, but I raised my right hand and took an oath to defend this country. If my ancestors fought in the Confederacy, I would be more than ashamed.

— Rodney Brown, U.S. Army, Retired, South Carolina

Editor's note: The "Confederate pride" letter referenced by this reader was published in print only, on page 6 of the June 7, 2017 issue of the Indy.
Find the June 7 digital paper here.

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