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  • rockeurgri@aol.com
    Dec 1 5:27 AM
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      IMHO The following statement seems to be rhetorical and false.
      >>"The message that was sent when it [the Georgia State flag] was
      adopted was a message of defiance to the federal Constitution,
      government, and courts and a message to the Black citizens of that
      state that the state would engage in Massive Resistance to any and
      all efforts to protect and enforce the rights of Blacks under the US
      Constitution, especially the 14th and 15th Amendments" >>

      In 1955, an Atlanta attorney suggested a new state flag for Georgia
      that would embody the Confederate Battle Flag, also known as the
      "Southern Cross". During the 1956 session of the general assembly,
      state senators introduced Senate Bill 98 to change the state flag to
      incorporate the battle flag. It had previously held the First
      National Flag, better known as the "Stars and Bars". This was signed
      into law of Feb. 13, 1956. John Bell, the designer of this flag,
      stated that the purpose for the change was to honor ancestors who
      fought and died.

      Rosa Parks, after a long day of work refused to give up her seat to a
      man on December 1, 1955. This lead to her arrest and trial, a 381-day
      Montgomery bus boycott, and, finally, the Supreme Court's ruling in
      November 1956 that segregation on transportation is unconstitutional.
      This is generally regarded as the beginning of the civil rights

      The Atlanta Journal, in a 1992 investigation of the changing of the
      flag, stated that no evidence exists to link the change with racial
      motives. For all practical purposes, the "Stars and Stripes"
      represents the enslavement of a race of people. One should also look
      to our neighbors here in the south. Take the time to look at
      Tennessee, Florida, Arkansas, and Alabama for echoes of that Battle
      Flag. These, and especially Mississippi, must be next on the grand
      'racism symbol' score which must be settled.

      Ed Roberts a.k.a. Rockeur
      Atlanta, GEORGIA
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