The Confederate flag once united the Land of Dixie, but now it threatens to divide the New South. Blacks and whites wrestle with what it means to be Southern this hour on To the Best of Our Knowledge. Also, the story of an unlikely friendship between a black woman and a leader of the Ku Klux Klan.
In this segment, three takes on the Confederate flag. Tony Horwitz, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the Wall Street Journal, tells Steve Paulson about an incident in Kentucky where a young white man was shot for flying the Confederate flag from his truck. Also, historian John Koski of Richmond's Museum of the Confederacy, tells Steve Paulson about the history and later uses of the Confederate battle flag and explains why it remains meaningful for some white Southerners. Finally, historian Ervin Jordan - one of the few African American scholars who specialize in the Confederacy - explains to Steve Paulson why the rebel flag is a provocative, racist symbol for most American Blacks. Jordan is a curator at the University of Virginia Library.SEGMENT 2
Anthropologist Carol Stack talks with Judith Strasser about the reverse migration of African-Americans to the rural South. Stack teaches Women's Studies and Education at the University of California at Berkeley and is the author of "A Call to Home: African Americans Reclaim the Rural South."SEGMENT 3:
Osha Gray Davidson tells Jim Fleming the story of an unusual friendship between CP Ellis, a poor, white Ku Klux Klan member, and Ann Atwater, a poor black woman in his book "The Best of Enemies."
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