Black Leaders in Atlanta Want Rebel Flag Removed

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Atlanta, GA (AP) - Black leaders want Confederate flags removed from
an Atlanta cemetery where they recently buried the late president
of a civil rights group.

Protesters gathered Wednesday at the Westview Cemetery to call
for removing the rebel flags from a monument to the 400 Confederate
soldiers buried there. Mourners noticed the flags while burying the
late president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference on
Saturday.

John H. Lewis, who is black, says that it's an affront that the Confederate flags are flying.

Cemetery officials say they cannot remove the flags because they
long ago sold the rights to the monument to the Sons of Confederate
Veterans, whose members are related to Southerners who fought in
the Civil War. The group says the flags will remain and aren't a
racial issue.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by anonymous on Aug 15, 2011 at 07:46 PM
    I am from a city where a very old vast cemetery is in the middle of town. Every Veteran's Day volunteers place flags on the graves of veterans of all wars. I have seen American flags, Confederate Battle flags, Naval Ensigns, and even a handful of Union Jacks honoring veterans of the revolutionary war that remained in America or were killed in action. Thanks.
  • by Georgia Boy Location: Cairo on Aug 15, 2011 at 03:00 AM
    Actually, Anonymous, I think Bill Clinton just exacerbated a problem Jimmy Carter started. Then we have this bust, everything goes back to financing the way it should be done, and now since housing sales are slow we are hearing "we need to loosen loan requirements to get more people to buy." What idiots!! We don't even learn and retain a lesson for two years before we want to stick our hand back in the fire.
  • by L on Aug 12, 2011 at 06:06 PM
    Those Black Leaders need to realize this is the land of the free and If some people want to fly to the rebel flag it is their right , just as they want the right to express them selves how they want to . Their is nothing racist or affending by this flag. It is a part of everyones history. So really GROW UP people.
  • by g.a.peach Location: ga on Aug 12, 2011 at 01:47 PM
    people listen yeah obama has messed this world up....the flag has nothin to do with blacks n whites....that was wayyyy before others times.. let the past be history!
  • by crazy Location: gadsden on Aug 12, 2011 at 01:17 PM
    please stop everyone bleed red
  • by Kay Location: Gadsden County on Aug 12, 2011 at 10:58 AM
    This comment is for the Proud White Boy; don't worry what comes out of the next man mouth; you just be careful what comes out of yours!!!!!!! I think you need to take that into consideration!
  • by a black young lady on Aug 12, 2011 at 10:40 AM
    First of all, people need to stop saying that black people need to go back to Africa.Your prejudice, ignorant and you need to get a life. I love being black and I wouldn't change it for the world. God made us all and if God wanted just one race he would have made it so. So if any one have a problem with that take it up with God. God will judge all of us accordingly to our days here on earth. People it's time to come together or be left behind. I hear all these comments but one fact for sure that if someone of a different race disrespect me; I'm going to pray for you and ask God to have mercy on your soul.
  • by PROUD WHITE BOY on Aug 12, 2011 at 08:49 AM
    WHY IS IT IF A WHITE PERSON SAYS THE N WORD IT IS RACIST BUT WHEN A BLACK GUY SAYS THE N WORD IT IS OK AND NOTHIN IS SAID CAN SOMEONE ANSWER THAT QUESTION FOR ME???????????
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Aug 12, 2011 at 01:26 PM in reply to PROUD WHITE BOY
      Why yes, yes I can. 1. Double standard. 2. Political correctness. 3. Reverse racism. 4. All of the above. Please pick one and move to the back of the line.
  • by PROUD WHITE BOY on Aug 12, 2011 at 08:44 AM
    LOOK AT THAT FLAG AINT IT SO BEAUTIFUL
  • by really? on Aug 12, 2011 at 06:33 AM
    I am so sick and tired of people screaming Racisim to the top of their lungs but then want the events that segerate them because its a benefit to their pockets or they can get something out of it. What would have happened if there had been a 1 mill white man march or 1 mill man latino man march? What would happen if there was a WET TV station (white television) So what if people love this flag? Maybe if blacks would put as much enegry into trying to correct the actions of their own race than the rest of us would actully listen to what they have to say... just a thought
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