All but one of the Alabama members of the U.S. House voted against an amendment to a veteran's administration funding bill that bans many Confederate flag displays in veterans' cemeteries. The vote was mostly along party lines, with the only Democratic member of the delegation---Terri Sewell---voting for the amendment.
We're coming up on the first anniversary of the massacre at the Charleston Church by a teenager who wanted to start a race war, but instead ignited a new fight over the symbols he loved so much, the confederate flag.
The alleged killer poses with a flag.
Also coming up, an anniversary of Governor Bentley ordering the removal of confederate flags from around the confederate memorial on the capitol grounds.
One of the flags Bentley ordered removed.
The Southern Poverty Law Center inventoried confederate monuments and published a comprehensive report that found, among other things:
- 718 monuments and statues, nearly 300 of which are in Georgia, Virginia or North Carolina;
- 109 public schools named for Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis or other Confederate icons;
- 80 counties and cities named for Confederates;
- 9 official Confederate holidays in six states; and
- 10 U.S. military bases named for Confederates.
From an article in The Atlantic:
The Permanence of the Confederate Flag
"In a strongly worded message to “fellow patriots and freedom loving history buffs,” the legislative director for Georgia Representative Lynn Westmoreland urged members to vote down the measure. “You know who else supports destroying history so that they can advance their own agenda? ISIL,” he wrote, referring to the Islamic State. “Don’t be like ISIL.” Westmoreland’s office later criticized the message as “unprofessional” and said the staffer had been disciplined."
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