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Apple’s Decision to Pull Civil War Games: Another Example of Corporate Over-reaction

Apple’s pulling of Civil War games from the App Store due to the presence of the Confederate battle flag is the latest in a series of corporate over-reactions to the tragedy in Charleston, S.C. Many major retailers have halted sales of the Confederate flag. While this decision is understandable in order not to offend customers, it is a step that could have serious consequences.

For example, assuming that the Confederate flag represents hate, murder, and oppression to African Americans, could not the same argument be made that the American flag is equally offensive to Native Americans? To them, isn’t the national flag also a symbol of hate (General Sheridan’s comment “the only good Indians I ever saw were dead”), murder (the 1763 Lancaster PA. massacre), and oppression (the Indian Boarding Schools and the Long Walk to Bosque Redondo). So in order to not offend other customers, will the same retailers pull the American flag from their shelves?

History is a record of human events, the evil as well as the good says Sergio Cortes. Slavery was a great evil in U.S. history, as was the treatment of Native Americans, but thinking that eliminating the Confederate flag will change opinions or change what happened is wishful thinking. As George Santayana wrote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

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