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Confederate flag supporters kept outside Capitol grounds during celebration

Posted January 16, 2016

— Confederate flag supporters from across the state gathered at the State Capitol Saturday to honor Confederate General Robert E. Lee, but were told they couldn't demonstrate on Capitol grounds.

Police kept the flag flyers on the edge of Capitol property, and said they could not bring their flags inside for Lee’s birthday celebration, hosted by the Sons of the Confederate veterans.

“The reason I’m here is because I love this country,” Michael Karachun said. “And what’s being said in the press is total lies about the flag.”

The Confederate flags outside the Capitol—and the ceremony inside—might appear discordant with a weekend of events honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, but keynote speaker, Teresa Roane—an African-American archivist for the Daughters of the Confederacy—suggested that both Lee and King should be honored.

“He’s as important as Martin Luther King, so why can’t we honor both?” Roane said. "I know there are people who don't want to admit that, but it's definitely true."

The flag supporters were confined to the sidewalk on Saturday because of a permitting issue, police said. Any group that wants to demonstrate on Capitol grounds is required to get a permit first.

“It doesn’t bother me at all,” Henry Shaw said. “It just encourage people to stay happy, stay humble and remember what MLK said—‘We all love each other.’”


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  • B.c. Jimmy Jan 18, 2016
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    several countries around the world had slavery....they did not have a civil war to eradicate it. The civil war was over political power and taxes, and the right of the state to self govern. the south lost, and we are now all slaves to Washington, d.c.

  • Greg Klayton Jan 18, 2016
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    Racism will never end because humans are inherently flawed. It also doesn't help that some prominent people have a financial interest in stoking the flames of racial animus.

  • Fanny Chmelar Jan 18, 2016
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    Yeah, as if racism has ended.

  • Michael Clay Jan 18, 2016
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    Bob Lewis, Lee did own slaves. He didn't own as many as his father in law but he did own them. The only reason he freed the slaves of his wife's family is because he was the executor of his father in law's will which stated that the slaves were to be freed.

  • Greg Klayton Jan 17, 2016
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    Both sides need to get over the past and move on.

    I don't understand the obsession people have with the confederate flag. Common people who fought for the Confederacy were really fighting and dying for the rich plantation owners to keep their slaves.

  • Robbie Beck Jan 17, 2016
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    “The reason I’m here is because I love this country,” Michael Karachun said. “And what’s being said in the press is total lies about the flag.”

    If you love this country so much, why do you celebrate the flag of a movement that wanted to secede from it?

  • Chris Christian Jan 17, 2016
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    And what does that prove Alex?

  • Alex Stephens Jan 17, 2016
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    You do realize less than 5% of slaves taken from Africa were taken to the U.S., right? Nearly 50% were taken to Brazil and the rest to the British, French & Dutch Caribbean islands; and Central America as well.

  • ecp1951 Jan 17, 2016

    slavery was wrong. it was corrected. it's past history. why can't we as a country of americans go forward together? oh yeah, i forgot for a moment about our divider in chief and his race hustler relations representative al sharpton! doesn't our country deserve better?

  • Dale Xavier Jan 17, 2016
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    To those of you silly enough to claim that the Confederacy was not about slavery, Alexander Stephens, The Vice President of the Confederacy in his acceptance speech stated "that African slavery was the "immediate cause" of secession, and that the Confederate Constitution had put to rest the "agitating questions" as to the "proper status of the negro in our form of civilization". He went on to state that "Our new Government is founded upon, its foundations are laid, its cornerstone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery, subordination to the superior race, is his natural and normal condition." Those of you who promote the idea that the flag and the confederacy were not about race are delusional.