Confederate flags around the country are being taken down due to complaints of racism. Even retailers like Walmart and E bay are refusing to carry any Confederate flag items. That isn’t the case however for a Florida county that just held a vote to keep the Confederate flag waving at their government complex.
Marion County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to put the Confederate flag back up at the county’s government complex.
The flag was removed Thursday and temporarily replaced with a flag with the seal of Marion County.
Interim County Administrator Bill Kaufman and Marion County Board Chairman Stan McClain had decided to take down the Confederate flag at the end of June after South Carolina started discussing its laws surrounding the flag at its government centers.Â The discussion was prompted by the shooting deaths of nine people inside the Emmanel AME Church in Charleston.
The vote was pushed by members of the public who turned out for Tuesday’s county commission meeting to speak during a general public comments section.
State Rep. Dennis Baxley, (R-Ocala) saidÂ “We are all exposed to messages and symbols that may not connect for us, but we should all honor our ancestors and protect free expression.”
Commissioner McClain said he plans to write a letter to Marion County’s Historical Society, asking for their assistance with markers to explain each flag’s historical significance.
“It’s a passionate issue on two sides,” said McClain. “What we are trying to do is interpret the historical relevance of this display we have. It’s either take the whole thing down, or try to use it as a historical tool from a historical perspective.”
This just shows how much power we the people can still have when united. The Confederate flag can now be seenÂ flying once again outside the government complex as one of the five national flags which have flown over Florida since European explorers first landed on its shores more than 500 years ago. The other four are Spanish, French, British and American flags.