Tuesday, July 14, 2015

South Dakota town intransigent on flag of racism

Update, 16 July, 0925 MDT, KENT: Civil War finally comes to an end.
The Potter County city of Gettysburg will not be removing the Confederate Flag from patches of the police department. ["...Without the war, and without the Battle of Gettysburg, we would not be the same City that we are. The Chief of Police, Bill Wainman, the Mayor, Bill Wuttke, and the City Council have no intentions of changing the police patch."]
Read it here.
Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN), who introduced one of the original amendments to remove the Confederate flag from National Parks, suggested Thursday that Republicans' late-night move Wednesday to reverse the effort was a last ditch attempt to save the larger Interior appropriations bill. Republican leadership was struggling to gain support for the Interior bill among the most conservative members of the GOP conference right, McCollum said. [Talking Points Memo]
Speaker of the House John Boehner and Rep. Kristi Noem are holding up work on appropriations.
Boehner reportedly told Republicans during their weekly closed-door meeting there was a hold on all spending bills until they could work something out on the Confederate flag. Republicans delayed consideration of the Financial Services appropriations bill for this week, and they pulled the Interior-Environment spending bill in an attempt to avoid a politically divisive vote on a Confederate flag amendment. [Matt Fuller, Roll Call]
Confederate flags are flying in Rapid City showing support for white supremacists in neighboring states, South Carolina and Mississippi. Expect many more for the Sturgis Rally.

Jim Kent has an outline of Gettysburg's history linked here.

Reading comments under some of the Rapid City Journal's articles can be horrifying and cringeworthy. Such is the case under one of Kent's most recent columns.
There “may” be some tensions between Native Americans and white folks. Still, at least we’re not fighting over the Confederate flag. The only symbol on the table here is the proposed re-designation of Harney Peak to Hinhan Kaga — with one of two primary objections from state legislators being that the new name would be too hard to pronounce. Guess that leaves racism conveniently out of our lexicon. [KENT: Racism beat drives on across country]
The Journal has censored Kent, also a free-lance producer for South Dakota Public Broadcasting.

Update, 15 July, 0745 MDT:

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