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The history of the flag belies the assertion that it stands for Southern heritage and doesn’t imply an embrace of racist attitudes. Efforts to ban the display of the Confederate flag over the last two decades were furthered in 2015 after the racially motivated murder of nine worshippers at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S. Dylann Roof, the white supremacist who shot the church members, displayed the flag prominently on his website.In response the South Carolina Legislature voted to take down the Confederate flag over the State House. For many families that means watching horse and tractor pulls, strolling past exhibits of vegetables and needle work, eating fried dough, and walking through barns to admire prize cows, sheep, pigs and goats.That was what a woman who attended the Cheshire County Fair earlier this summer anticipated, a pleasant Friday evening with her young son.The Dixiecrats, a political party formed in 1948 to protest the pro-civil rights platform adopted by the Democratic Party, carried the flag.
White supremacists, neo-Nazis and members of the KKK came together to protest the removal of a statue of General Robert E. Many of them carried Confederate flags as they marched through the streets and chanted, “Jews will not replace us.”Use of the flag is defended as a symbol of Southern regional pride and to honor Confederate soldiers who died fighting for a cause they believed in. The banner we currently identify as the Confederate flag was actually the battle flag of the Northern Virginia Army.
When she came to a booth selling Confederate flags she was disturbed, understanding its use as a symbol of hatred toward black people. After her efforts to get the fair to remove the flags failed, she sent photos to Black Lives Matter N. The post was shared more than 200 times and the office of the fair received dozens of calls from more people upset by the flags; phone lines were tied up for hours.
Confederate symbols invoke strong feelings for many Americans.
Retailers including Wal-Mart, Amazon and Sears announced they would no longer sell items bearing the flag and the four largest flag manufacturers in the country stopped making Confederate flags.
NASCAR racetracks issued a joint statement asking fans to discontinue displaying the flag.
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