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A group of  Virginia residents have pulled their resources together to purchase a plot of land near I-95 in Richmond to fly a 15-foot Confederate battle flag.

In a message on the Free North Carolina website, Susan Hathaway explained that the group Virginia Flaggers would begin installing the flag next week.

“The Va Flaggers are THRILLED to announce that we have finalized a lease to acquire property adjacent to Interstate 95, just South of Richmond, and will be erecting a 50’ pole, on which a 10 x15 Confederate Battle Flag will fly 24/7, 365 days of the year,” Hathaway wrote. “The flag will serve to welcome visitors and commuters to Richmond, and remind them of our honorable Confederate history and heritage.”

Yes, “Confederate history and heritage”. Why not just hang a black man from the pole too? Or maybe, have a few of Paula Deen’s employees reenact a scene from Roots on the overpass as well.

Previously Hathaway cited the Ku Klux Klan for giving the flag a negative connotation and tarnishing the Confederacy.

“It’s a symbol of my ancestors and what they fought for and what they gave their lives for in a lot of cases,” she explained. “We feel like it’s dishonoring them to put some kind of shame on the flag and make it something that has to be hidden.”

Apparently for some Virginia residents, the state motto should be, “Virginia is for lovers….of  treason, oppression, and intolerance”.

 

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  • Frank

    Wow, Ellis, if you really think the Confederate soldier fought to keep slavery alive yyou need a serious history lesson. First, only 6% of southerners owned slaves, almost all Confederate soldiers did not, so what were they fighting for? If the Confederate flag offends you then the United States flag shoud offend you even more, slavery lived for over 80 years under the US flag before the war started. Lincoln also want to colonize all the slaves to South America, saying the black man was not equal to the white man. Also Lincolns emancipation proclomation did not free a single slave, it was to free only the slaves in the Confederacy and not the US that still had slave states, slavery did not end in the US until after the war was over in 1865 when the 13th ammendment was passed. Not a single slave came to america under the flag of the Confederacy, the flag carrying the slaves was the flag of the US and the New England shippers from the North, they became wealthy by shipping the slaves here. You really should learn true history and not politically correct history.

    • Roderick

      @Frank

      Yes, only 6% of Confederate Soldiers were slave owners but how many southern’s benefited directly and indirectly from slavery? My guess is almost every last one of them benefitted in some way. Slavery was big business, the biggest southern business, and was the foundation for the south’s economic vitality and viability. Yes, The south’s economy was built on the backs of black folks (slaves).

      The Confederate Flag offends blacks because slavery would not have ended and still would exist today if the south would have won the war. What don’t you understand about that? There is nothing that I respect about your ancestors nor people like you who try to mystify en-slavers and a southern way of life that condoned rape, murder, torture and sell of humans as if they were animals or subhuman. Your folks were terrorist. Don’t believe me google Postmaster Baker also google Isaac Woodard, jr.. These are just two documented attacks after slavery ended. We know there were many more undocumented attacks the were worst. It was southern whites way of life to maintain control. Those weren’t honorable men they were the savages that you all try to portray black men to be.

    • Ellis

      Great points Roderick!

  • SMH… I live in Richmond, VA. :-/

    • LMO85

      Well maybe someone will shoot bullet holes through it, they love their guns too, they ought to love that! SMH.

  • Diane

    Reason # 3,236 why I will never live in the South. Overt racism is not something I can easily digest. I have seen 1 confederate flag in my 24 years of life living up North.

    • Diane

      *can’t

  • ayomidejpw

    Oh va…my hometown please stop.