Dozens protest Confederate flag’s recent removal from East Texas town’s courthouse flagpole

April 06, 2011

PALESTINE, Texas — About 50 people have been protesting the recent removal of the Confederate flag from an East Texas town’s courthouse.

Tyler’s KLTV reports that fourth-grader William Peeler said Wednesday he doesn’t pledge allegiance to the American flag because — quote — "Under that flag, the Yankees killed southerners."

Last week Anderson County commissioners narrowly voted to fly the original Confederate flag to commemorate Confederate History Month in April. It’s not the more recognized "rebel flag," but opponents say it represents the South’s support for slavery, a key issue during the Civil War.

On Monday night, members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans decided to take down the flag themselves — just as Palestine (PAL’-uh-steen) city leaders were calling for its removal.

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