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's interim administrator had it removed last week in the wake of the Charleston shooting, but commissioners overruled the decision. They plan to ask the county historical society to provide a plaque for context.
The flag is one of five that flies outside the government complex, the other four being the American, British, French, and Spanish flags. Each represents a country that has ruled Florida, and advocates point out that the Confederacy did so in the 1860s. Several spoke up at the meeting yesterday, but the flag issue hadn't been on the agenda, reports the Ocala Star-Banner. The local NAACP chief accused commissioners of "under-handedness" with the move, saying he and others would have attended the meeting had they known about it. (Read more Confederate flag stories.)