Calls to ban the Confederate Flag due to its association with slavery may lead to calls to ban the Donkey symbol of the Democrat Party and the Islamic Crescent, as those institutions had also been involved in the enslavement of Africans.
Prior to the Civil War there were two major political parties in the United States:
Democrats, who favored freedom of choice to own slaves; and
Whigs, who tried to be a big tent party to stem the loss of members to the Know-Nothing Party.
On February 28, 1854, in Ripon, Wisconsin, anti-slavery activists met for the first time, then held their first State Convention in Jackson, Michigan on JULY 6, 1854.
This new political party took a stand against slavery.