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Hundreds roll into Hillsborough for heritage rally

Posted August 8, 2015

Confederate flags flapped in the wind as the Official Southern Heritage Ride made its way from Burlington to Hillsborough Saturday. (Submitted by: Robert Owen)
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"If you think the Alamance County Rally was big, wait 'til you see this one," Catherine Chambers wrote in an email to WRAL News about Saturday's Official Southern Heritage Ride and Rally.

Organizers from Orange, Person, Guilford, Forsyth, Alamance and Wayne counties joined together to promote a rally from 2 to 4 p.m. on the lawn of the Hillsborough Town Hall.

Hundreds of drivers packed the parking lot at Granddaddy's Antiques in Burlington Saturday morning with cars and trucks bristling with Confederate flags before a caravan set out from Burlington to attend.

Along Hillsborough's Churton Street, those in support of the rally faced off with a group flying a huge American flag.

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"The Official Southern Heritage Ride is not about preserving Southern history but about highlighting and continuing a racist system that gives white people power and privilege at the expense of people of color," said Noah Rubin-Blose. "We want to name and interrupt the hatred and racism that is underneath the pro-Confederate movement organizing in our hometowns."

Hillsborough police issued a traffic advisory for Saturday afternoon, suggesting that those not associated with the event choose other routes through town. Police expected traffic delays in downtown Hillsborough from about 1 to 5 p.m.

The Facebook page for the Southern Heritage Ride showed more than 500 people had committed to participate. "We hope you will come out and join us to show that we are not going to allow politicians and politically correct men and women to control us and strip us of our rights," the invitation read.

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  • Sean Creasy Aug 10, 2015
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    So by your statement I guess it would be O.K. to tear down the MLK memorials and change the street names back to what they were originally right because after all aren't they a memorial to being black? You can't have your cake and eat it too...

  • Mark Deviney Aug 9, 2015
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    keep it flying in the face of the liberal political correct witch hunters my confederate brothers

  • Johan Summer Aug 9, 2015
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    Very well stated friend. The flag, like many others, means different things to different people. If I don't like it, I don't look at it. My neighbors don't like it when I fly my Alma Mater's, ACC school's flag during basketball and football season....but we get along just fine even though they really dislike my team.

  • Greg Dail Aug 9, 2015
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    You know I could make the argument that it's heritage not hate, and have, but the fact is we live in America and we have a First Amendment RIGHT to display this flag or any other flag we choose. If I want to fly a North Korean flag or the Hammer and Sickle or a rainbow flag or a flag with Kermit the Frog then THAT'S MY BUSINESS!
    What is it some of you don't get about that?

  • Johan Summer Aug 9, 2015
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    Losers? Really? What about your making fun of the word Southern ("suthrrn" as you spelled it). I'd say to you - look in the mirror before you cast stones man. LOL We all have "opinions"....that is what makes conversations fun and lively.

  • Johan Summer Aug 9, 2015
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    Poor taste? That is too funny - but its your opinion. I don't fly one, but support those who ONLY fly it for our southern heritage, and not for hate or other reasons. Those whose "opinion" (yes - there's the word...."opinion") think its only flown for hatred, are expressing their ignorance and perhaps "mind-reading" abilities.

  • Jim Hugs Aug 9, 2015
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    I got rid of my mullet years ago when my wife threatened to leave me. But I look too good in those stars and bars to give them up.

  • Linda Tally Aug 9, 2015
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    All this racket over what is actually a rather ugly concoction of fabric. Those with poor taste are welcome to fly it. And I've noticed they frequently do.

  • Ben Raynor Aug 8, 2015
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    The media loves stirring the pot... Fly them high!

  • Stephen Batchelor Aug 8, 2015
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    What a bunch of losers....no one is taking away someone's "suthrrn" pride because the stars and bars was taken down from the SC statehouse. The only two flags that need to be flown from any state government building is the Flag of the United States of America and the state flag of that state. If people want to fly the stars and bars from their own private residence, please do so. But in doing so, expect ridicule and your neighbors to become less than hospitable.

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