Confederate display issue continues

A woman waves a sign as she waits for the Confederate battle flag to be removed from in front of the South Carolina Statehouse, Friday, July 10, 2015, in Columbia, S.C. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley signed a bill into law Thursday requiring the flag to be removed. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
A woman waves a sign as she waits for the Confederate battle flag to be removed from in front of the South Carolina Statehouse. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Looks like things Confederate, or the desire to purge them from American society, will continue into 2016.

New Orleans kept the debate brewing this week with Mayor Mitch Landrieu signing a new law to remove statutes of Gen. Robert E. Lee, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard.  Also slated for removal is a monument recognizing former Confederates who demanded restoration of white home rule.

New Orleans City County approved the measure 6-1 and the new law has already drawn a lawsuit against it and rowdy denunciations from rebel supporters.

In Virginia, Grayson County Republican delegate says he will introduce legislation in the General Assembly first thing next year to allow the Commonwealth to put the rebel flag back on license plates issued for Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe led actions to remove the flag from the automobile plates after the killing of parishioners and a minister in South Carolina.  A new ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court allows states to keep the flag off government issued license plates.

“The governor made it clear that there is no place for hurtful and devise symbols on Virginia license plates,” says McAuliffe spokesman Brian Coy.

Carrico, of course, disagrees.

“It’s history.  To try to erase that history by banning a symbol is just wrong to me,” he said in a prepared statement Wednesday.

About 50 Confederate flag supporters, some proudly proclaiming they were armed, entered the Christmas parade in Roanoke earlier this month and marched behind the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

They came from two pro-Confederate flag groups and a third promoting a “call to arms” by encouraging supporters to openly carry guns.

That didn’t sit well with Tony Pearman, who was also concerned about a rally by the Roanoke NAACP against the flags and more near the start of the parade.

“It shocks and saddens me that these issues resulted in individuals on both sides of the debate resorting to the use of a Christmas parade as a venue to further their cause, not celebrate the season,” Pearman told The Roanoke Times.

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