A Pennsylvania state government leader wants American history revised to tell her preferred version of events.
State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown (D-Philadelphia) doesn’t think the Confederate flag should be used during the re-enactment of bloody Gettysburg battle that occurred in early July 1863 during the Civil War — because organizers aren’t telling the story the way she wants it to be told.
“I’ve been to a lot of reenacting and the reenacting does not tell the stories accurately,” Brown claims, according to ABC 27.
Speaking about the Confederate battle flag, she added, “If they’re not going to tell the story properly, then they should not be displayed and they should not be reenacted unless they’re going to tell the truth.”
Brown said there “hasn’t been many that have really told the story about the oppression of the Confederate flag.”
The annual Gettysburg reenactment starts today and runs through Sunday — the same dates as the 1863 battle in which there were some 51,000 combined casualties.
It’s not the first time Brown has attempted to silence that part of American history.
When she saw the Confederate battle flag in an array of historical flags displayed in the Pennsylvania state capitol in mid-June, she tore it down. Literally.
“That flag represents hatred, murder, and oppression,” she declared after removing it without permission, WGAL reported. “It was important for me to take a stand to make sure the next generation of children are not taught hatred is okay.”
The flag was a part of about a dozen others assembled by the Hanover Area Historical Society for capitol visitors to see.
“It was stolen,” group spokeswoman Debra Markle said. “She had no right to put her hands on that collection.”
“It’s part of American history,” Markle told PennLive. “We can’t sugarcoat everything and it’s just a shame that one person’s opinion has to ruin [the display] for so many. But it seems that’s the way it’s going in this country.”
After Brown gave the flag to the House Speaker’s office, police seized it and rehung it in the display. Shortly after, the governor ordered it to be removed.
Last summer, the Gettysburg National Military Park bookstore stopped selling “items with the Confederate flag” upon the request of the National Park Service, WTAE reported.