Giant Confederate Flag Going Up in Richmond
NAACP says it will make Richmond look like a 'backwater, trailer park, hick town'
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 7, 2013 11:40 AM CDT
Confederate battle flags fly outside the museum at the Confederate Memorial Park.   (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

(Newser) – Oh, this will end well. A group in Virginia has bought a plot of land by I-95 in Richmond, where it plans to install a 10-by-15-foot Confederate flag atop a 50-foot pole next week, Raw Story reports. "The flag will serve to welcome visitors and commuters to Richmond, and remind them of our honorable Confederate history and heritage," writes a member of the Virginia Flaggers on a site called Free North Carolina. The project will cost just under $3,000, thanks to volunteers and "an excellent deal on a pole," writes group founder Susan Hathaway.

The local NAACP is less than impressed. "It would be an embarrassment," says Virginia NAACP Executive Director King Salim Khalfani, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch. "It’s going to continue to make Richmond look like a backwater, trailer park, hick town." "There’s no intention to stick anything in anybody’s face," contends Hathaway. "The sole intention of this is to honor our ancestors." But Khalfani isn't buying that argument. If those same ancestors "had been successful," he says, "I’d still be in chains."

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Aug 9, 2013 8:48 AM CDT
Slavery was a legal INSTITUTION for over 250 years before the WBTS even started. The battle flag was a flag only unfurled to show the battle lines...(Note the name "BATTLE FLAG"). It is a flag of honor that men fought and died for. Lately it has been used by hate groups to install fear upon people of color after the war... We have a 30' X 20' Battle Flag on I-65 north of Montgomery, AL put there on private land owned by the Sons of Confederate Veterans and is there for 1 purpose...To Honor those brave men who answered the call that went out when a tyrannical Federal Government invaded Southern States when they wanted to secede LEGALLY and form their own nation...The land across the interstate was offered to any other organizations (NAACP or whatever...) to purchase so they could fly whatever flag they wished to fly, but they decided against it...Fly the Battle flag and know that the entire Confederacy is watching...Ijust wish we have "Flaggers" in Montgomery...They are needed here in a bad way!
Aug 8, 2013 2:45 PM CDT
Guess it could be worse. They could be hoisting whatever flag or symbol the native American Indian tribes of Virginia used before manifest destiny got them sent to reservations lol
Aug 8, 2013 1:25 PM CDT
I guess it's unfortunate that the Confederate Flag brings slavery to mind, no thought or mention of the War between the States, brother fighting brother etc. Yes slavery was a large part of the war, but we ignore all the other things that contributed to this war. Also this one startling fact Approximately 625,000 men died in the Civil War, more Americans than in World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. In reading some of the comments I noted the mention of a statue of General Pike in Washington DC a well known general in the Confederate army. Well here's another little known fact: Arlington Cemetery the most well known of all military cemeteries, was the home of Robert E. Lee the north did this to prevent him from returning there to live with his family, although there is a large statue dedicated to him in the cemetery. Now getting back to slavery, and the black issues regarding same. Blacks are interred in Arlington, some were actually slaves, as were their fathers, brothers etc. Would these people suggest that they be disinterred, and buried in a "Yankee" cemetery? The point is and shall always remain you can never change history, and the Confederate Flag is just that. History of the darkest days this country has ever seen, and God willing we never go back there again. Don't give the Confederate Flag any other meaning than it is a part of history we can NEVER change, nor should we want to. May God Bless America