Last week, U.S. Representative Steve King, a Republican from Iowa, spoke to Sioux City TV station KCAU about the bill he recently introduced in Congress. In the video interview, a Confederate flag is displayed on King’s desk, along with the U.S. flag, the Iowa state flag, the Gadsden flag, and the Papal State flag.
The Valley News, a newspaper serving the Upper Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire, brings us the story of Kenny Rogers, a man who flies a Confederate Flag outside his home, much to the chagrin of his neighbors. You might be asking first: Wait—Kenny Rogers? No, no, my friend—not that Kenny Rogers. You might be asking next: Wait—Vermont, New Hampshire, Confederate Flag? Yes, my friend—and that’s not all.
Four months after the deadly shooting in Charleston reignited the national debate about the appropriateness of hanging a deeply racist symbol on government property, the University of Mississippi has removed the Mississippi state flag—which includes a miniature confederate emblem in its top left corner—from its campus.
24 students at a southwestern Virginia high school were suspended Thursday for wearing clothing displaying the Confederate flag in protest of school policy. Christiansburg High School banned the symbol after instances of “racially motivated behavior” (or “mysteriously and not at all purposefully unelaborated behavior”) back in 2001 and 2002, NBC reports.
While many Neo-Nazis seem to think they’re the second coming of George Lincoln Rockwell or Heinrich Himmler, they generally bear a closer resemblance to fellow diaper-wearer Baby Huey.
Earlier this weekend, a Southern American by the name of Chuck Netzhammer was dismayed when Walmart refused to make him a Confederate flag cake. He was even more dismayed when the store seemed to have no problem making what he dubbed an “ISIS battle cake.” So, Netzhammer asked the question that’s been weighing on everyone’s mind: “Does Walmart support ISIS?”
On Friday, President Obama called the Confederate flag “a reminder of systemic oppression and racial subjugation” while speaking at the funeral for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who was killed along with eight others by racist gunman Dylann Roof. On Saturday, Dalton, Ga. threw a Confederate Flag Parade.
Six days after nine people were killed during a shooting at a historic black church in South Carolina, Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe announced that his state would begin the process of removing Confederate flags from their license plates. “As you all know, I have spent the past 17 months working to build a new Virginia economy that is more open and welcoming to everyone,” he said in a statement. “Removing this symbol from our state-issued license plates will be another step towards realizing that goal.”