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Old 01-25-2011, 07:38 AM
 
Location: Sherwood, Arkansas
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Arkansas town prohibits confederate flag - FOX16.com Little Rock, AR

 
Old 01-25-2011, 04:51 PM
 
Location: Wichita, KS
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This should be explained a bit for people who don't read the article- the mayor flew the confederate flag to recognize Robert E. Lee's birthday outside their city hall and this ordinance is banning flying the flag on city property. Actually, it's not even a direct ban of any particular flag, just an ordinance that clarifies that ONLY the US and Arkansas flags may be flown on city property.
I think the ordinance is fair and the mayor should have known better (due to the conflicted nature of that flag) than to fly it on city property.
 
Old 01-25-2011, 05:22 PM
 
Location: Fort Smith, Arkansas
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Not to mention that Robert E Lee's birthday is on Martin Luther King Jr Day. It was very stupid, but not surprising.
 
Old 01-25-2011, 06:20 PM
 
Location: Wichita, KS
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Not to mention that Robert E Lee's birthday is on Martin Luther King Jr Day. It was very stupid, but not surprising.
It was certainly a poor decision, and I have to wonder about his motives. The snippets from that article sound innocent enough, but surely he's not so oblivious that he didn't realize that would cause a mess.

Incidentally- Marshall is about 50 minutes south of Harrison, for those reading the thread title that don't know. It's no more a part of Harrison than Eureka Springs or Mountain Home.
 
Old 01-27-2011, 10:09 PM
 
Location: Harrison, Arkansas
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Not to mention that Robert E Lee's birthday is on Martin Luther King Jr Day. It was very stupid, but not surprising.
It is relevant to note that Lee's birthday is a state holiday in Arkansas, observed on the same day as (and celebrated in addition to) King's birthday.

Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi Continue to Honor Robert E. Lee on Martin Luther King Day - Local News | News Articles | National News | US News - FOXNews.com
 
Old 01-28-2011, 09:23 AM
 
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MLK day is 3rd monday in january. It is not static, it varies.


REL birthday is january 19th. It was coincidence, unfortunately one that happens every 7 years or so.
 
Old 01-28-2011, 09:29 AM
 
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Let the confederate flag fly high and proud.
 
Old 01-28-2011, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Harrison, Arkansas
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MLK day is 3rd monday in january. It is not static, it varies.


REL birthday is january 19th. It was coincidence, unfortunately one that happens every 7 years or so.
That could still be the case in the other states where Lee's birthday is recognized; but that article I posted the link to says that in 1947 Arkansas specified a legal holiday for Lee's birthday to fall on January 19, but in 1985 it was changed to be the third Monday of January, same day as King's birthday.

So for the past 26 years, Arkansas has recognized a state holiday to honor General Lee on the exact same day as Dr. King. This is definitely relevant to the recent incident in Marshall. It demonstrates that flying the Confederate flag on that day is not necessarily a hostile response to King's birthday, because the state-recognized holiday of Lee's birthday is observed by state law on the same day.
 
Old 01-28-2011, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Fort Smith, Arkansas
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Let the confederate flag fly high and proud.
 
Old 01-28-2011, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Wichita, KS
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Let the confederate flag fly high and proud.
It's a part of history, not a current nation or even directly relevant to anyone alive today. I fully support keeping history alive and using it appropriately in those contexts, but I'm pretty sure half the people flying it don't have the slightest appreciation for the history behind it and why it's become a conflicted symbol. In fact, it's mostly people flying it that don't have an appreciation for history that turned it into a conflicted symbol in the first place.
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