- Dec 1, 2000IMHO The following statement seems to be rhetorical and false.
>>"The message that was sent when it [the Georgia State flag] wasadopted 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
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