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Texas Built a Confederate Memorial on a Street Named for Martin Luther King Jr.

Short of removing existing Confederate symbols, maybe we could stop building new ones?
The Confederate flag is seen on a monument to Hood's Texas Brigade at the Texas State Capitol—just one of the many Confederate monuments in Texas.
The Confederate flag is seen on a monument to Hood's Texas Brigade at the Texas State Capitol—just one of the many Confederate monuments in Texas.Eric Gay/AP

Building new Confederate memorials is the business of Confederate heritage groups—and business is good.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans might chuckle to hear the revived debate over the Confederate battle flag that flies over the South Carolina State House. One-hundred fifty years after the surrender of the Confederacy to the Union, the symbols of that vanquished pretend-state aren’t disappearing. They’re proliferating.