One of the most controversial symbols from American history is the Confederate Flag from the Civil War period. Many feel it is a symbol of racism and others consider it a part of familial and cultural heritage.
Confederate flag gets woman ostracized by neighbors
Annie Chambers Caddell, 51, of Summerville, S.C., is in the news because of the symbol she decided to adorn her home with, according to MSNBC. Cadell lives in an area of Summerville mostly populated by African Americans, and she put a Confederate flag in front of her home.
In October of last year, a protest march took place in front of her house. Several months ago, the neighborhood held a fund raiser to pay for eight-foot-tall wooden fences to obscure the Confederate flag on her porch. Caddell put up a larger flag pole to fly the southern flag, and her neighbor installed a similar flag pole to fly the American flag. She insists she isn’t racist, but merely proud of her heritage.
A troubling heritage
According to the Augusta Chronicle, the “stars and bars” with the “X” shaped blue bars is not the official flag of the then-Confederate States of America, but rather a battle flag of Confederate forces that has since been adopted as the Confederate flag.
The city of Lexington, Va., has banned Confederate flags on public grounds, according to the Associated Press. Personal use is still authorized, but public buildings may only use the American flag or the state flag of Virginia. Robert E. Lee and “Stonewall” Jackson, two of the most famous Confederate military leaders, are buried in Lexington.
According to WAFF, an NBC affiliate in Hunstville, Ala., four Lawrence County High School students were suspended for displaying Confederate flags on their float in this year’s homecoming parade.
Flag subject of numerous lawsuits
The state of Alabama was successfully sued by the Southern Poverty Law Center in 1993, and had to take the Confederate flag down from the statehouse.
Steel company Nucor, according to the Southwest Times Record of Fort Smith, Ark., was sued in 2009 by six employees for racial discrimination and creating a “hostile work environment.” The men saw Confederate flags, racial graffiti and other anti-African American materials in the workplace. A federal appeals court granted a $1.2 million judgement against Nucor on Sept. 24.
In 2009, according to the Christian Science Monitor, the Supreme Court refused to hear a case involving Confederate flags being prohibited by a Tennessee high school’s dress code.
In Medford, Ore., a school bus driver for the Medford School District was fired for refusing to take a Confederate flag down from his pickup truck while on school grounds, according to the Bend Bulletin. Ken Webber is suing the state of Oregon for violating his right to free speech.
Augusta Chronicle: http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2011-09-16/confederate-powderworks-flag-be-replaced-more-historically-accurate-one
Associated Press: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gkU8YqECV9R9bWfUv9eh1BLJq9CA?docId=6ca13ce547a2455785173337107b6eb3
Southern Poverty Law Center: http://www.splcenter.org/blog/2011/09/14/louisiana-high-court-says-confederate-flag-offensive/
Southwest Times Record: http://www.swtimes.com/week-in-review/news/article_8ab04016-e664-11e0-8526-001cc4c03286.html
Christian Science Monitor: http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2009/1005/p02s04-usju.html
Bend Bulletin: http://www.bendbulletin.com/article/20110714/NEWS0107/107140347/
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