Harrison, Arkansas Flag Ban
 
From: cliftonpalmermclendon@yahoo.com
 
I wrote this message to the Harrison Arkansas Chamber of Commerce.
 
You will recall that they had banned the Battle Flag, but had agreed some months ago to meet with Jason RICE to discuss lifting that ban.
 
Mr. RICE informs me that the Chamber has yet to meet with him.
 
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My friend Jason Rice informs me that you are still refusing to lift the ban you imposed upon display of the Confederate Battle Flag.
 
You agreed many months ago to meet with Mr. Rice and other interested parties to discuss the ban — but you have yet to honor that agreement.
 
I explained to you in detail some months ago that the Confederate Battle Flag is not objectionable in the least; that the only thing objectionable is various malcontents’ abuse of it. I allude particularly to the Ku Kluxers and other low-lifes of their kind.
 
To refresh your memory, I give you again two definitions from Webster¢s Third New International Dictionary of the English Language Unabridged (Chicago: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc.; 1981):
 
PREJUDICE: Unreasonable predilection for or objection against something; or an opinion or leaning adverse to anything without just grounds or before sufficient knowledge; or an irrational attitude of hostility directed against an individual, a group, a race, or their supposed characteristics; or an opinion or judgment formed beforehand or without due examination.
 
BIGOTRY: Obstinate and unreasoning attachment to one’s own belief and opinions with intolerance of beliefs opposed to them.
 
Your ban shows that you have an unreasonable predilection against the Confederate Battle Flag. That you hold that unreasonable predilection even after I have explained matters to you indicates that you hold your opinion without just grounds. Your opinion constitutes an irrational attitude of hostility directed against Confederate supporters as a group, and an obstinate and unreasoning attachment to your beliefs with intolerance of beliefs opposed to them.
 
In short, by persisting in your ban, you are showing yourselves to be prejudiced bigots.
 
Is that really the image you want to project?
 
Clifton Palmer McLendon
Gilmer, Texas