03/29/2013 // West Palm Beach , Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)
North Carolina – A Confederate battle flag will reportedly be taken down this week after concerns were raised about it hanging in the old North Carolina State Capitol. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the decision to take it down was announced on Friday.
Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz is quoted as stating of the removal of the display, “This is a temporary exhibit in an historic site, but I’ve learned the governor’s administration is going to use the old House chamber as working space… Given that information, this display will end this weekend rather than April of 2015.”
The decision to display the exhibit was previously defended by the administration of Gov. Pat McCrory despite opposition from those who view the flag as a symbol of racial bigotry.
David Goldfield, a history professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, is quoted by the AP as stating of the matter, “The history of the Confederate battle flag, how it was designed and formulated, how it has been used through the years, clearly states that it is a flag of white supremacy…I know current Sons of Confederate Veterans would dispute that, saying ‘Hey, I’m not a racist.’ But the fact remains that the battle flag was used by a country that had as its foundation the protection and extension of human bondage.”
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