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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Georgia folks still waving Confederate flag, satisfying national media's appetite for South-is-backwards stories

Yep, we're still having this conversation.

Elected officials in Dodge County, a slice of history nestled in the middle of Georgia, have decided that watching the Dixie flag gloriously wave outside a courthouse is a damn fine idea. And they're being sneaky about it!

In 2002, the Macon Telegraph reports, county commissioners voted to fly the controversial flag just one day out of the year. But apparently it's been flying ever since. After the local chapter of the NAACP raised concerns, commissioners on Monday passed a resolution to fly the battle flag for the entire year. So reporteth the Telegraph's Caryn Grant:

Not everyone sees the flag as a big deal.

Lynette Reed, a hairdresser of 44 years who runs the Curl Up & Dye beauty shop in Eastman, said the flag has long flown at the courthouse, and she doesn’t see why people are making a fuss about it now.

“I don’t know,” she said. “All of a sudden, they raise a ruckus. I don’t see a problem with it. You couldn’t make (the NAACP) happy if you wanted to.”

Reed said there was some chatter about the issue in her shop Wednesday, but most people support the flag continuing to fly, although she admitted that “some blacks don’t like it.”

Shenanigans, Dodge County style.

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