Although South Carolina and Alabama banned the confederate flag from statehouse and official buildings, many Americans are not willing to give up on an emblem which is a part of the American heritage.
And it is not only about the South. Rallies to support the secessionist emblem spurred nationwide although top retailers and flag producers announced that they would not longer put on sell the emblem.
Some of the flag’s supporters said that they cannot forsake a symbol of their ancestry that honors Southern soldiers of the American Civil War. Other supporters promote the flag to send the government a message and restate their freedom of expression under the First Amendment. And there are a few that chose to wave the flag just because it is controversial.
“I’ve got nothing against black people; I’ve got nothing against anyone else. I’m just very proud of my Southern heritage. That’s why I fly it,”
noted Ralph Chronister, 46, from Hanover, Pennsylvania.
The Confederate flag controversy spurred a couple of months ago, when Dylann Roof, a 21-year-old white supremacist shot down nine parishioners including the pastor at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina. Before the shooting, Roof posted a picture of himself with the confederate emblem on his racist blog. Currently, the man plans to plead guilty to all 30 federal charges.
And the controversy was renewed last month when John Russell Houser shot 11 people and managed to kill two before pointing the gun at himself in movie theater. The gunman allegedly was flying a large confederate flag outside his Louisiana home.
Following the two shootings, some regulators said that the emblem belonged to museums rather than public display. South Carolina’s Gov. Nikki Haley deemed the flag “deeply offensive” and a relic of a “brutally oppressive past.” Presidential hopeful Hilary Rodham Clinton also said that it shouldn’t be allowed to fly anywhere.
But protesters who rallied this weekend at the “Confederate Memorial Carving” in Stone Mountain, Ga., think otherwise. Moreover, you can see the flag happily waving form poles, grocery stores, local gun shops, and people’s homes all across the South.
Jeremy Gouge, 44, who proudly displays a confederate flag in his front yard in Hanover, said he had no control over what happened to the black slaves, but sticks to the flag because it reminds him of his family’s ties with the South.
In other northern states people still continue to display the flag and engage in rallies. In Michigan, more than 50 vehicles were involved in a rolling rally to support the historical emblem six days ago.
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