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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 »

Confederate Monument Coming Down in Kentucky

It's stood near the University of Louisville since 1895

(Newser) - A Confederate monument will be removed from a spot near the University of Louisville campus where it has stood since 1895. The stone monument honoring Kentuckians who died for the Confederacy in the Civil War will be moved to another location, University President James Ramsey and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer... 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 Yanks State Flag With Confederate Emblem

Students forced issue; governor says school should 'respect law as written'

(Newser) - The University of Mississippi quietly removed the state flag with its Confederate battle emblem from its place of honor on campus Monday morning. Interim Chancellor Morris Stocks waited until after the ceremony to announce that he had ordered the flag sent to the university's archives. The action came days... More »

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 »

Group Pressures GM to Drop Kid Rock Over Confederate Flag

Automaker will meet with his critics this week

(Newser) - General Motors said today it will continue to sponsor Kid Rock's summer concert tour, despite concerns raised by a civil rights group over his support of the Confederate flag. Members of the National Action Network and its Detroit chapter president will meet Thursday with representatives from GM's Chevrolet... 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 »

This Flag Flies No More

South Carolina's Confederate flag comes down as crowd chants 'USA! USA!'

(Newser) - The Confederate flag was lowered from the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse today, ending its 54-year presence there and marking a stunning political reversal in a state where many thought the rebel banner would fly indefinitely. The crowd of thousands chanted "USA" and "hey, hey, hey, goodbye"... 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 »

SC Governor Signs Bill to Remove Flag

It's going to the state's 'relic room'

(Newser) - It's just a matter of hours now: South Carolina's governor signed into law this afternoon a measure that orders the Confederate flag to be removed from the Statehouse grounds, reports AP . "We will bring it down with dignity and we will make sure it is stored in... More »

SC's Confederate Flag Comes Down at 10am Tomorrow

Gov. Nikki Haley will sign the bill at 4pm today

(Newser) - The place was already established ; now the time has been as well. More than 50 years after South Carolina raised a Confederate flag at its Statehouse to protest the civil rights movement, that flag will come down—at 10am tomorrow. Then, the banner will be shipped to the Confederate Relic... More »

'Shouting Through Tears,' Rep Helps Alter SC History

Confederate flag's days are numbered at state Capitol

(Newser) - In a stunning reversal, the first state to leave the union last night voted to remove the banner of the Confederacy from its state Capitol. The South Carolina House approved a bill early today after more than 13 hours of passionate and contentious debate, and just weeks after the fatal... 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 »

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