“Dad, you know something really disturbing? They put up a Confederate flag in the Capitol.”
My seventh-grader walked into the kitchen for lunch in shock last Thursday. His virtual class had been processing the prior day’s attack on the US Capitol—the first time in history the Confederate flag entered the Capitol in an act of insurrection.
A few days before, in our middle school youth group, another student had shared he was worried about civil war. As the leader, I had downplayed the threat given the anxiety our students already feel these days. But now his words were haunting me.