Tuesday, September 23, 2008

NAACP wages new effort to bring down Confederate flag

CSA Battle Flag image from The Palmetto Scoop.


My first confederate flag thread is here, in which I said all I am going to say (too much, as usual). The NAACP's new campaign against the flag starts on October 2nd.

NAACP wages new effort to bring down Confederate flag

Governor says he won’t get involved

By Tim Smith • STAFF WRITER, Greenville News
September 23, 2008

COLUMBIA -- The South Carolina and North Carolina chapters of the NAACP called the Confederate flag that flies on Statehouse grounds here a symbol of evil and terrorism and said Monday they will join in their efforts to remove it.

“As long as this flag blows, it pushes a foul wind of separatism, division and racism that is not contained by the borders of South Carolina,” said the Rev. William Barber, president of the North Carolina NAACP. The two chapters of the organization used the anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation to announce new efforts.

North Carolina’s NAACP plans to fight any cooperation between that state and South Carolina in film projects until the flag is removed, Barber said.

Dr. Lonnie Randolph, president of the South Carolina NAACP, said press conferences supporting a boycott of South Carolina were held simultaneously in seven southeastern states.

“This is not a South Carolina issue,” he said. “This is a national issue.”

The battle flag was moved to its current location near the Confederate Soldiers Memorial on the north side of the Statehouse in 2000 as a result of a legislative compromise to take it off the Statehouse dome. The NAACP has protested its location ever since and organized a tourism and travel boycott of the state.

On Monday, Gov. Mark Sanford repeated his previously stated reluctance to get involved in the flag fight.

“That would consume the two years I have left, and I have to stay focused on the things that I originally made pledges to voters on,” he said.

This summer, Randolph revealed the civil rights organization was working with some officials in Hollywood to keep film projects from locating in the state as part of the NAACP’s campaign.

Randolph said Monday that he couldn’t yet disclose who in Hollywood is assisting the NAACP but said the organization planned to announce some “high-profile names” in time for the NAACP’s 100th anniversary early next year.

Both men said they are also working to block collaborative agreements between the two state’s film offices.

“We don’t believe our film industry in North Carolina ought to be doing collaborative work with South Carolina until such time as this flag is removed,” Barber said.

Barber said the battle flag is wrong morally “because it supported the evils of slavery.”

“We wouldn’t allow al-Qaida to fly their flag,” he said. “We wouldn’t allow the Bloods and the Crips to fly their flag. We wouldn’t allow another country to fly its flag. We should not allow that which represents terrorism and secession to be flown.”

Randolph said little progress has been made in the Statehouse on the issue but said change that benefits blacks in the state rarely occurs except as a result of war, constitutional changes, an executive order or the death of someone.

“The Klansmen don’t wear white sheets anymore,” he said. “They wear three-piece suits and carry briefcases. But they do the same damage that they used to.”

Randolph said the state’s 67th annual convention will be held in Charlotte, beginning Oct. 2, the eighth year the NAACP in South Carolina has moved out of state for its convention to observe the flag boycott.
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Renee said...

This flag continues to be an afront to African Americans because of what it represents. The fact that there has to be a debate about its acceptability despite the fact that so many have displayed displeasure confirms the white supremacist state in which we all reside.

JoJo said...

Whenever I see that flag I think that the person who shows it off is a simple minded, ignorant, dentally challenged redneck.

Daisy said...

Jojo, some rednecks are of the left and some are of the right. Political opinions and the alignment of teeth have nothing to do with being low class, which is the true derivation of "redneck": a field laborer who works in the sun and whose neck, as a result, is sunburned.

Proud to be a lefty redneck! :)

JoJo said...

Mea culpa.....I'm so sorry....I really didn't mean to offend. :(

I guess that's what happens when one is brought up extremely far removed from the south and its history. In fact, I was told that "redneck" had to do w/ hygiene not sunburns (people would scrub so hard to get the dirt off that their necks would be red).

Anyway, I am truly sorry and didn't mean any offense. Me & my big Sagittarian-Year-of-the-Dragon Mouth! ;)

Mista Jaycee said...

I hope the NAACP doesn't put all it's effort fighting racist symbols and neglect fighting the institutions of racism. Lack of homeownership, education, healthcare, jobs, political empowerment,in Black and poor communities, then back these efforts up in all the other communities and these symbols will cease to matter.

Daisy said...

Jojo, no worries... and wow, Sagittarius AND Year of the Dragon??? That is impressive, indeed.

Mista Jaycee, yeah, I agree. I understand the ire, but I am still worried we will be stuck with a (((gasp))) McCain Administration and think that should be everyone's first priority right now.

Or as Mr Daisy likes to say: If Bush could do all this in just 8 years, imagine how the country will look after 8 more years of the same.

JoJo said...

My parents didn't have a fighting chance.... lol

Mr. Daisy is right!

YogaforCynics said...

What's important to understand is that this flag largely disappeared after the Civil War, only to be brought back during the Civil Rights movement as a symbol of "states rights" i.e. defense of Jim Crow. In other words, whatever one's view might be on the causes of the Civil War, in its more recent incarnation, it is a symbol of white supremacy.

Maria said...

this just seems to be one thing I cannot grasp onto.

It's like I hear you say it's part of your (the general you, not you personally daisy) heritage/history. And I *hear* you. I simply cannot understand the point of pride about it. I can't wrap my head around it.

Cause it's apart of my history and heritage too. But these histories were experienced so very differently, that even when I see that flag, I frown.

I do judge a person when I see them sporting this flag. I feel unsafe when ever I see it around. Honestly, it feels visceral. It feels like flight or fight. Even though I know it's not, the history had be learned. My reaction to the visual runs deeper than most.

So, I suppose, we are at an impass

Anonymous said...

Lynching the Confederate Flag

Amber Rhea said...

Love your response about the definition of redneck, Daisy. I am so tired of all the ignorance I see regarding the South from people who don't live here or understand our culture.