Confederate Flags – South Carolina Votes To Take It Down – Florida Puts It Back Up The Saga Continues

Confederate Flags of 1861-1865 (image source:

July 7, 2015

Not since the Shroud of Turin has a piece of cloth generated so much controversy, but the Confederate battle flag is definitely giving it a run for its money these days. Since the heinous mass shooting at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston SC which left 9 black churchgoers dead at the hands of a twisted racist young man, the Confederate battle flag has been the focus of public scrutiny. It began with a call to remove the flag from the Confederate War Memorial which is located on the SC Statehouse grounds and progressed to absurd proportions.

  • Calls to rename streets, schools and other buildings named after Confederate generals.
  • Calls to rename or entirely remove other Confederate war memorials.
  • Large retailers removing Confederate flag merchandise from their stores, including Dukes of Hazzard merchandise due to the flag on the roof of the Dukes car, The General Lee.
  • The actual Dukes of Hazzard TV show reruns being removed from the TV Land line-up.
  • Wal-Mart refusing to make a Confederate flag designed cake, but making an ISIS flag cake without issue.

These are just a few of the absurd levels to which people have gone, not to mention pro-golfer Bubba Watson, who owns an original General Lee car used in the Dukes TV show, vowing to paint over the flag on the roof with an American Flag. With all of this hyperbolic absurdity swirling about two states have made significant stands on the issue of the Confederate battle flag.

South Carolina Confederate War Memorial (Image Credit:

South Carolina Confederate War Memorial
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The first being South Carolina where it all began. State Senators voted 37-3 on Monday to take down the flag and the pole it flies on, both of which were erected in 2000 as part of a compromise that involved removing the flag from atop the Statehouse dome. The vote was well over the two-thirds majority that will be needed Tuesday to send the bill on to the House. While the flag is on the Statehouse grounds technically, it actually flies above the Confederate War Memorial next to the Statehouse, though possibly not for very much longer.

Meanwhile in Florida…

Last week Marion County Florida the county administrator had the Confederate flag removed from the government complex in Ocala. It flew as part of the five “nations” flag memorial. It was replaced by a Marion County Seal flag amidst the flag controversy going nationwide. Today, Marion County commissioners voted unanimously to put the Confederate flag back up at the county’s government complex. Within minutes of vote, the Civil War-era flag was seen flying once again outside the government complex as one of the five national flags which have flown over Florida since European explorers first landed on its shores more than 500 years ago. The other four are Spanish, French, British and American flags.

Florida Five Nations Flag Display (image source:

Florida Five Nations Flag Display
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The national bi-polar reaction to Confederate-era flags seems to be something that is going to stick with us for longer than the typical news cycle public outrage generally lasts. Driven largely by the outlandish overreactions (TV show cancellation and cakes) as well as the massive push back from those who support the continued flying of the flag. Supporters see it as a representation of Southern Heritage or simply as a reminder of a painful history that we not forget, lest we repeat it. Either way, it seems as though it will be a regular News topic for the foreseeable future and those who do not wish to see it anymore will likely see it more than ever.


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Jon Britton
Joining the U.S. Air Force right out of high school, Jon had the opportunity to experience many different parts of the world and different cultures. His post military career path, both white collar and blue collar, allowed him to work alongside both CEOs and average Joes. "Writing was never a goal or even vaguely contemplated as a career choice, it just happened, an accidental discovery of a talent and a passion." A passion that has taken him in many directions from explorations of the zombie subculture and writing zombie stories to politics and News. He is an avid "people watcher," political junkie and has a ravenous appetite for history and current events alike.

4 Comments on "Confederate Flags – South Carolina Votes To Take It Down – Florida Puts It Back Up The Saga Continues"

  1. Avatar Ben Frank | July 8, 2015 at 1:34 am |

    Good job reporting! Clean precise, and no instigating stress or unrest.
    Being from the North, i have never owned any Confederate symbol. Being an avid student of History (real history, not the garbage that is taught in public schools), i feel the Flag should be allowed to continue over all the Confederate states. It is an important part of who they and where they came from. No one individual or group should have the right to pressure another individual or group into abandoning their beliefs or culture. To let that happen is to spit on the very ideals that that founded this great nation and the men who died to keep Her safe.

  2. I know one thing.I’m from SC and i’ve had a confederate flag up for 8 yrs now and it’s not coming down..

  3. The confed flag that is used is 2 things at least; flag of traitors and in SC is not even a flag used by sc rebel troops read history, not southern revisionist jostory

  4. Avatar IGotBupkis, "Si tacuisses, philosophus mansisses." | July 9, 2015 at 7:37 pm |

    I think the thing people NEED to be doing is looking MORE closely at whatever SHIT the Obama administration is up to RIGHT NOW.

    Whenever there’s a tempest in a teapot like this, it’s usually a sure sign that the government is in the process of pulling some chicanery off while the public is distracted.

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