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    in North Carolina's old State Capitol Building.  The huge battle flag had been hanging in the building - right down the hall from the governor's offices - for a week as part of a mullti-year statewide commemoration to mark the 150th anniversary of North Carolina's involvement in the Civil War.  The historical commemoration is to last through 2015, and the flag was scheduled to hang in the old capitol rotunda through that year.

    As reported in a Los Angeles Times article Saturday, the AP ran a wire story on the flag which caused such an uproar, the governor released a statement saying he thought the display of the flag was only going to be for a short time and didn't realize the state historical association intended it to remain through 2015.

    In a statement provided by the governor's office, Susan Kluttz, the head of the state Cultural Resources office said the intent of the exhibit was to represent the Capitol the way it was in 1863.
    The historical society put out its own statement
    State Historic Sites director Keith Hardison told the AP the battle flag should be seen in proper historical context.
    The president of the North Carolina NAACP, the Rev. William Barber, then responded to the historical society
    He is right that it has a historical context. But what is that history? The history of racism. The history of lynchings. The history of death. The history of slavery. If you say that shouldn't be offensive, then either you don't know the history, or you are denying the history.
    Finally, the governor met with the historical society, and the matter was put to rest
    When [the governor] learned that the flag would be displayed until 2015 the decision was made to move it. It will now be moved to a museum or state historic site. A final decision on the location will be made sometime next week.
    And a confused but heartfelt celebration of the Old Confederacy in the Tar Heel State continues for another two years and nine months.

    "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

    by SueDe on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 08:41:14 AM PDT

    •  Are you saying 'not in a history museum either'?nt (0+ / 0-)

      I see what you did there.

      by GoGoGoEverton on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 09:01:20 AM PDT

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    •  I wrote about this over the weekend... (2+ / 0-)
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      ...in my diary Under pressure, NC governor wises up and removes Rebel battle flag from old capitol building:

      The folks who chose to put the battle flag up in the first place and leave it there until 2015, could just as well have been commemorating the resurrection of that particular flag in 1915. It was then that the film Birth of a Nation rejuvenated the terrorist Ku Klux Klan, which had been crushed a few years after it arose in the wake of Confederate defeat, although its ultra-violent white supremacist values had found other perches in the White League and the Red Shirts who drove blacks out of office and laid the foundation for the first round of Southern apartheid through the infamous Jim Crow laws.[...]

      In the film, a rectangular Rebel battle flag tied around her waist, Flora Cameron flees through the forest from Gus, a freedman who has become a captain in the Union army. When he ignores her commands not to come closer, she leaps off a cliff. Her brother, Ben, a secret Klansman who has followed her into the forest, finds her broken on the rocks, barely alive. He wipes blood from her mouth with the flag as she dies in his arms. Gus is captured and "tried" by the Klan and lynched. (If you can stomach it, you can see this unfold starting about 2:02 here.)

      Birth of a Nation meant the rebirth of the Klan at Stone Mountain, Georgia, the same year as the film and the first stirrings of prominence for the Rebel flag. The Klan's largest growth was not, however, in the South but elsewhere. Klansmen from Bellingham, Washington, to Washington, DC, marched beneath the Stars and Stripes as often as not. But the second Klan's glory days outside the Old Confederacy were short. By 1930, its membership had collapsed nationwide. Ever so slowly, throughout the South, the association of the Klan and the battle flag became ever more a symbol of white supremacy.

      Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

      by Meteor Blades on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 10:13:31 AM PDT

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