To the editor:
On July 30, you printed a column in which Pat Truly of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram criticized Sen. Moseley-Braun for objecting to the U.S. Senate's endorsement of the insignia used by the United Daughters of the Confederacy because it incorporates the Confederate flag. Pat Truly surmised that Sen. Moseley-Braun would also object to funding the preservation of the Civil War battlefields because they might also remind her of the former enslavement of African-Americans.
Because I feel that column insulted someone I admire, I would like to point out a crucial inconsistency in columnist Truly's thinking. The Confederate flag stands for those who fought to maintain slavery. Civil War battlefields, on the other hand, represent both the struggle to preserve the United States as one nation and the abolition of slavery. The Confederate flag is an embarrassment; Civil War battlefields inspire pride. They are not at all the same.