April 24, 2014

Group upset over flag theft

Becky Crissman
Cordele Dispatch

Cordele — Thursday, April 17, police here responded to a call at Sunnyside Cemetery on Eighth Avenue in reference to flags being stolen from gravesites on the north side of the cemetery.

Upon arrival at the cemetery Officer Robert Pflueger met with Michael Mullis of Cordele, a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) Camp 141 of Albany who informed him that on the previous Saturday, a total of 27 Confederate flags that were placed at the gravesites of known Confederate soldiers in the cemetery as well as the gravesite of Tallulah Atkins who founded the local chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, had been stolen from those sites.

Mullis said the flags were placed on the gravesites in Sunnyside Cemetery, as well as other cemeteries around the county in observance of Confederate History and Heritage Month. According to the report filed with the Cordele Police Department, Mullis informed Pfleuger that a friend had stopped by the cemetery to see the flags, just days later, only to discover they had been taken from the gravesites. The flags were valued at around $135.

“I have no idea who would have taken the flags,” said Mullis. “But in doing so they desecrated someone’s final resting place and that is wrong.”

The flags were given to Mullis for placement by his SCV Chapter. James W. King, who is the chapter commander, said he too was appalled by the theft and had quite a bit to say on the matter.

“It is my opinion that the theft of the Confederate flags from the cemetery was based on ignorance,” said King. “The victor of a war writes the history and the history of the old South, the Confederate States of America (CSA), and the Reconstruction era have not been presented in a fair and impartial manner in American history books written by extremely biased liberal Northern historians.”

King said in his opinion Americans have been indoctrinated by America’s liberal Socialist news media to view the Confederate flag and the Confederate States of America in a negative perspective. Added to this is the negative image portrayed by Hollywood and in numerous books and magazines.

“Slavery and a redneck image have been the weapons of choice by these individuals and groups to discredit the CSA and its flags along with portraying misuse and abuse by racist groups including the KKK and Skinheads,” continued King. “Black Americans have been especially susceptible to indoctrination. The U.S. flag, the Stars and Stripes, is the official flag of the KKK and it flew over the genocide and near-extermination of the Native American Indians as well as slave ships going to and from Africa. It gets a complete pass and the CSA and Confederate flags are condemned, berated and disparaged.

“Most Southern slaves were treated better than poor white Northern workers and post-war Irish miners by Northern factory owners and mine owners. Black Americans have been told that the Confederate flag represents racism, bigotry, and a painful reminder of slavery and abuse, and many have been thoroughly indoctrinated (brainwashed) by these lies and propaganda. The theft of the Confederate flags from the cemetery is a predictable result of this ignorance and indoctrination."

It is uncertain whether or not the group will choose to replace the flags. Both King and Mullis said they would like to be able to replace the flags without worrying they will be stolen again. Mullis said he would also like to see the Confederate monument at the Community Clubhouse cleaned.

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