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House: Confederate Flags Only Twice a Year at Some Graves

Amendment vote included almost all Dems, 84 Republicans

(Newser) - Republicans and Democrats came together Thursday in a House of Representatives vote that agreed to limit the use of Confederate flags in national veterans cemeteries, the Christian Science Monitor reports. Per the approved amendment to a veterans and military spending bill, the controversial flag won't be able to be... More »

Gospel Singer's Shout From Crowd Inspired MLK's 'Dream' Line

We have Mahalia Jackson to thank

(Newser) - America is marking Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, and there's no shortage of interesting coverage about MLK and his legacy:
  • The key to MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech? A remark shouted by gospel singer and King friend Mahalia Jackson, explains Vox . "Tell them
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Ole Miss Student Senate Votes to Nix State Flag

'We are forever tied to the horrors of our past': student senator

(Newser) - A lengthy student-body Senate meeting at the University of Mississippi Tuesday night resulted in a resolution to remove the state flag, which features the Confederate battle flag, from school grounds, the Clarion-Ledger reports. The measure was passed 33-15 and was penned by ASB Sen. Allen Coon in conjunction with several... More »

Confederate Flag Wavers Indicted on Terror Charges

They allegedly threatened guests, children at birthday party

(Newser) - Fifteen men and women were indicted on terror charges last Friday for allegedly driving by a largely black birthday party outside Atlanta in July while waving Confederate flags, brandishing weapons, using racial slurs, and threatening to kill the party's guests, CNN reports. The indicted—members of a group called... More »

22 Suspended for Wearing Confederate Flag

Christiansburg High School says flag violated dress code

(Newser) - At least 22 students were handed suspensions at Virginia's Christiansburg High School today for violating the dress code—but this was no case of exposed shoulders or short skirts. The students arrived at school wearing the Confederate flag on their clothes and refused to change to comply with school... More »

Zimmerman Finds Ally, Hawks Paintings of Confederate Flag

He teams with owner of 'Muslim-free' gun shop in Florida

(Newser) - Like the Avengers of controversy, George Zimmerman and the owner of a "Muslim-free" gun shop are teaming up to sell copies of Zimmerman's painting of a Confederate flag. According to the Florida Gun Supply website , Zimmerman was painting an American flag when he heard about a suit against... More »

Confederate Flags Placed Near Martin Luther King Church in Atlanta

Police have video of 2 white men, aren't ruling out hate-crime charges

(Newser) - Two white men who placed Confederate flags at landmarks linked to Martin Luther King in Atlanta might face serious jail time if caught. Police have surveillance video taken from Ebenezer Baptist Church, and the police chief isn't ruling out hate-crime charges, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . The flags were placed... More »

KKK, Black Panthers Clash at Confederate Flag Rally

Groups hurl insults outside South Carolina statehouse

(Newser) - A crowd rallying for black power faced off against Klu Klux Klan members today outside the South Carolina Statehouse over the Confederate flag, NBC News reports. About 50 KKK members showed up waving the flags (with one bearing a Nazi symbol) after a 200-strong "Countering the Attack on Black... More »

Flag Removed, SC Can Now Host March Madness

NAACP, NCAA rescind their boycotts on Palmetto State

(Newser) - South Carolina's removal of the Confederate flag down from its capitol on Friday had a couple of unanticipated ripple effects, reports MSNBC : First, the NAACP ended its 15-year-old boycott of the Palmetto State; president Cornell William Brooks had praised the state's move as a denouncement of "an... More »

Kid Rock to Confederate Flag Protesters: 'Kiss My Ass'

Rocker takes stand over his use of controversial flag

(Newser) - With South Carolina taking down the confederate flag and NASCAR banning it , Kid Rock chose to defend his own use of the Old South emblem: In his words, protesters can "kiss my ass." The rocker was reacting to people who opposed his display at the Detroit Historical Museum,... More »

Confederate Flag Triggers Surprise Fight in House

Nancy Pelosi forces Republicans into vote to 'punt' on the issue

(Newser) - South Carolina may have gotten all the headlines today in regard to the Confederate flag, but the Hill points out there was plenty of high drama in the House as well. In its account, Nancy Pelosi surprised Republicans with a resolution to ban the flag from the Capitol—it uses... More »

Florida County Again Raises Confederate Flag

Marion County puts it back up after it was taken down last week

(Newser) - With lawmakers in South Carolina poised to vote on whether to take down the Confederate flag, a county in Florida just decided to put its flag back up. The Marion County Commission voted unanimously yesterday to raise the flag again outside a government building in Ocala, reports MyNews13 . The county'... More »

South Carolina Senate: Take That Flag Down

State senate votes 37-3 to remove the Confederate battle flag

(Newser) - The South Carolina senate today voted overwhelmingly in favor of removing the Confederate flag from the State House grounds, the Post & Courier reports. In the wake of a racially motivated massacre that left nine black church members dead in Charleston, the Republican-controlled Senate voted 37-3 to have the battle... More »

Bubba Watson: I'm Painting Over the General Lee

Golfer to paint American flag over Confederate flag on 'Dukes of Hazzard' car

(Newser) - One of the casualties in the Confederate flag controversy has been The Dukes of Hazzard. First TV Land pulled reruns of the early-'80s show from its lineup, and now golfer Bubba Watson, who bought the General Lee at auction in 2012, says he's giving it a new paint... More »

NASCAR Tracks to Fans: No More Confederate Flags

People are asked not to display them

(Newser) - Last week, NASCAR's chief said he didn't want his sport associated with the Confederate flag. Today, the tracks on which the cars race seconded that by asking fans not to display the flag during races, reports NBC Sports . The joint statement is issued as a "request" to... More »

TV Land Shelves Dukes of Hazzard

The General Lee's Confederate flag may be too controversial

(Newser) - The controversy over the Confederate flag appears to have caught up with the Dukes of Hazzard. TV Land has stopped airing reruns of the show without explanation, reports Entertainment Weekly . The reason, however, seems clear enough: the Confederate flag atop the dukes' beloved Dodge Charger, the General Lee. Before the... More »

Walmart: Er, Sorry About the ISIS Cake

Retailer refused man's request for cake with Confederate flag, but not an ISIS one

(Newser) - Walmart announced last week it would no longer sell merchandise featuring the Confederate flag , but it never said anything about the ISIS flag. This fact has Louisiana's Chuck Netzhammer up in arms after the retailer refused to make a cake for him with the Confederate symbol on it—but... More »

KKK Gets OK to Hold Pro-Flag State House Rally

Dylann Roof was 'heading in right direction,' group says

(Newser) - In what will probably be a greater blow to defenders of the Confederate flag than opponents, the Ku Klux Klan has received permission to hold a rally in support of the flag at the SC State House. Officials, who say any group can hold a rally if the State House... More »

Charleston Cop Canned for Confederate Undies

Shannon Dildine allegedly posted a pic on Facebook wearing controversial boxers

(Newser) - Showing off your Confederate flag boxers in the privacy of your own home is probably best if you're a cop in North Charleston, SC, where tensions are high after the church shooting there last week that killed nine . Yet Sgt. Shannon Dildine allegedly suited up in his Southern-themed underwear,... More »

National Cathedral: Confederate Windows Have Got to Go

Rev. Hall never noticed them before this week

(Newser) - The nationwide movement to get rid of Confederate flags has turned up a few in surprising places—including Washington's National Cathedral, where the dean says he only recently discovered it appears in two stained-glass windows, and he wants them gone. The Rev. Gary Hall says the windows, which feature... More »

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