Southerners protest removal of flag from NC courthouse
August 8, 2012
UDC refuses to defend Confederate flag
Another Southern flag has been removed from public display, this time at the Haywood County, North Carolina courthouse. Several parties are to blame for destroying this bit of heritage and symbol of the Southern people, including County Manager Marty Stamey, Waynesville Attorney Bob Clark and ironically Aileen Ezell, the turn-coat president of the NC Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC). Becky Johnson covers the story for SmokeyMountainNews.com:
The county was forced to wade into the fray in June, when a local attorney complained about the tiny flag display and asked the county to intervene.
“Personally, I have been more than uncomfortable with the flag’s presence on government property,” Waynesville Attorney Bob Clark wrote in an email to county commissioners. “Will you please take action, quietly and effectively, to stop the display of this divisive symbol?”
It’s unsurprising that politically-correct politicians and lawyers would side against the Southern people. What is most sad about the story is that a supposedly pro-Southern organisation which once put Confederate monuments up throughout Dixie has acquiesced to the demands of anti-Southern elements.
One Confederate group, the United Daughters of the Confederacy, urged local Confederate supporters not to cause a ruckus.
“The best thing to do in this case is not to replace the flag you are using and let the matter die a natural death,” wrote Aileen Ezell, president of the N.C. Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. “We gain nothing by fighting this. It is amazing to me that such a small flag has caught so much attention.”
Thankfully, some loyal Southerners have vowed to fight this effort to eliminate Dixie’s most recognisable symbol:
Some of the local Confederate supporters in Haywood County have decided to go to the mat over the tiny flags after all, however. Several of them staged a protest outside the courthouse this week, and have pledged to appear before the county commissioners at the next county meeting and lobby permission to put their flag back out.