Opinion: A Confederate flag at the Capitol summons America's demons

The American Capitol has long known violence in its halls. In 1814, the British stormed and burned it. In 1856, southern slaveholding Rep. Preston Brooks nearly beat abolitionist Charles Sumner to death on the Senate floor. During the Cold War, armed Puerto Rican nationalists barraged into the Chamber, shooting five Congressmen while unfurling the Puerto Rican flag.



Source: CNN, Opinion: A Confederate flag at the Capitol summons America’s demons