For I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation.
Exodus 20:5, King James Version

Of all the disturbing images from the failed January 6 coup, the one that made me sickest was a man carrying a full-sized Confederate battle flag through the halls of the United States Capitol. It was a dark day for our country, and it triggered some personal history that I’d just as soon forget.

My ancestors fought for that banner. As a native Georgian, I literally grew up under it…

Blake Couey

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