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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Some Set to Burn Flag on Memorial Day

John Sims an artist and Julian Chambliss, chair of the department of history and coordinator of the Africa & African-American Studies program at Rollins College, are coordinating on Monday Confederate Flag burning in the 11 states of the Civil War’s southern Confederacy as well as in Missouri and Kentucky.

We will update this story after Memorial Day.

Since the end of the American Civil War, private and official use of the Confederacy's flags, and of flags with derivative designs, has continued under some controversy, both philosophical,political, cultural, and racial, in the United States. These include flags displayed in states, cities/towns/counties, schools/colleges/universities, private organizations/associations, and by individuals.

One hundred fifty years ago, on April 9th, 1865, Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox Court House and the Union triumphed in the Civil War. Yet the passage of a century and a half has not dimmed the passion for the Confederacy among many Americans. Just three weeks ago, the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) appeared before the Supreme Court arguing for the right to put a Confederate flag on vanity license plates in Texas. Just why would someone in 2015 want a Confederate flag on their license plate? The answer is likely not a desire to overtly display one’s genealogical research skills; nor can it be simplistically understood solely as an exhibition of racism, although the power of the Confederate flag to convey white supremacist beliefs cannot be discounted.

scources: Politico Magazine , Wikipedia , International Business Times , Urban Newsroom

Image: John Sims

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