Confederate flag flies at Marion County McPherson Governmental Complex


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Ocala, Florida — On Tuesday, Marion County Commissioners voted unanimously to fly the third national Confederate flag, which had been removed in June.

The flag is now back on display at the Fallen Officers Memorial in front of the McPherson Governmental Complex.

In June, Marion County Democratic Party Chair Joyce Blake sent an e-mail asking the county how many of the confederate flags were displayed throughout Marion County. Blake, who is from Maryland, believes the flag stands for racism and hate.

And although no one specifically requested the flag be removed, Interim County Administrator Bill Kauffman made the decision to remove the flag.

Marion County Public Information Specialist Stacie Causey said, “The commission voted unanimously to restore the flag to the historical display today.”

She went on to say, “The commission also discussed how to best display all of the flags in their proper historical context. To this end, they gave consensus for staff to work with the Marion County Historical Commission to determine opportunities for historical interpretation of the display, as well as other history markers on the McPherson complex. This will help identify opportunities for connectivity and education about local history within the complex grounds.”

Removal of the flag sparked outrage among many Marion County residents, and prompted the Florida Southern Pride Ride group to be formed.

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Photo from the Florida Southern Pride Ride, which took place in June.

“The county has not had any requests from citizens to remove the historical flag,” Hernandez said in a June statement. “Marion County is respectful of the flag’s historical meaning, but also aware of the perceived connotations and heightened public sentiment since the recent church tragedy in Charleston, South Carolina.”

The flag has been under attack since the South Carolina shooting. The shooting also promoted TV Land, which is owned by Viacom, to remove re-runs of the hit TV show “Dukes of Hazzard.”

NASCAR, Amazon, Ebay, Walmart, and several others have also taken some type of action against prohibiting the flag.  Many have vowed to boycott any business which prohibits the flag from being sold or displayed.

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  • Ocala native

    Good job commissioners for looking past all the sensationalism that has circled around the flag. Please do your best to fire Mr Kauffman and send him to a liberal town of his choice. Thanks again.

  • Patricia Anne Reed

    SCV NATIONAL RESOLUTION ON THE CONFEDERATE BATTLE FLAG

    In 2010, the annual national Reunion of the Sons of Confederate Veterans passed the below resolution regarding the imagery and use of the Confederate Battle Flag. In today’s political climate, the re-publishing of that resolution is timely. It reads as follows…

    WHEREAS, the approach of the Sesquicentennial will be
    a time to educate not only the people of these United States
    but of the world; and
    WHEREAS, the most recognized symbol of the Confederate States
    is the Battle Flag, a flag each of us hold dear; and
    WHEREAS, the use of the Confederate Battle Flag by
    extremist political groups and individuals who seek to
    clothe themselves in respectability by misappropriating the
    banner under which our southern ancestors fought for a Just Cause
    which is as noble as much latter day is ignoble; and
    WHEREAS, the Sons of Confederate Veterans are the true inheritors
    of legacy and symbols for which the Confederate Veterans fought
    and died; and

    WHEREAS, the Sons of Confederate Veterans does denounce
    the use of the Confederate Battle Flag and any other Confederate
    symbol by any hate group and/or the Ku Klux Klan as the desecration
    of a symbol to which any hate group and/or the Ku Klux Klan has no claim; and
    WHEREAS, the misuse of the Confederate Battle Flag by any
    extremist group or individual espousing political extremism
    and/or racial superiority degrades the Confederate Battle Flag
    and maligns the noble purpose of our ancestors who fought
    against extreme odds for what they knew was just, right, and constitutional; and
    WHEREAS, the misuse of other flags and symbols of the
    Confederate States of America and the Confederate States Army,
    Navy, and Marines is similarly degrading,
    NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Sons of Confederate
    Veterans in General Convention assembled in Anderson, South Carolina,
    does hereby condemn in the strongest terms possible the use of the
    Confederate Battle Flag or any other flag, symbol, seal, title or name
    bearing any relationship whatsoever to the Confederate
    States of America or the armed forces of that Government by any such
    extremist group or individual, of whatever name or designation by which
    known, and

    LET IT BE FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Sons of Confederate Veterans
    in General Convention assembled, does hereby condemn in the strongest
    terms possible the inappropriate use of the Confederate Battle Flag or
    any other flag, seal, title or name bearing any relationship whatsoever to the Confederate States of America or the armed forces of that Government of the Confederate States of America by individuals or groups of individuals, organized or unorganized, who espouse political extremism or racial superiority and that this resolution shall be made known to all media outlets now and throughout the years of the Sesquicentennial and it shall be made patent and entered into the permanent records and archives of the General Headquarters of the Sons of Confederate Veterans at Elm Springs in Columbia, Tennessee.

    • Patricia Anne Reed

      Marion County is flying the third national Confederate flag
      in the five flag historical display.

      • wash_st_native

        That racist flag does not belong on Government property. Put it in front of your trailer. 1st amendment allows for that.

        • Kermit

          Why don’t you go back to Washington.

          • urchittingme

            No we don’t want wash st native back Not all of here agree with that
            I say fly it high and proudly

          • wash_st_native

            Just like your buddies do you all idolize this fella?

          • urchittingme

            At least we have buddies…Typical NW liberal democrat tree hugging Obama loving wacko…Keep it weird remember? Freak

          • wash_st_native

            Sad you are so scared of other folks and other places… You said keep it weird but when you pull your head out of the sand and look around you’ll notice that you and your friends are the weird ones and the country has moved on without you…

          • urchittingme

            Hardly scared of you or any of your people and I guarantee I’ve met more people and been more places than you and your pathetic life

          • urchittingme

            And just FYI…I don’t hate black people I hate the ghetto gangster thug mentality and leeches on society..of any color

          • wash_st_native

            Not till I see all you and your friends cry when your beloved flag is taken down… Here’s a picture of some your friends isn’t that you to the left? You look great in red…

          • urchittingme

            I guess yours is the rainbow flag huh?

          • wash_st_native

            Your hate is showing again…

          • urchittingme

            Wow how observant Sherlock….Typical democrat liberal accusing someone of exactly what they do themselves

          • Chance

            Its heritage not hate

  • wash_st_native

    Doesn’t belong on Government Property. Put it in front of your trailer. The 1st Amendment guarantees that. And besides, we all will know who to stay away from…

    • Ocala native

      Maybe WA state native and Mr Kauffman can ride together. I’ve been to WA, once your away from Seattle most have no problem seeing the flag flown.

      • Tammie Schaffer

        Our country has a flag, we don’t need another one. We don’t fly flags at county, state or federal buildings for World War I, II, Vietnam, the Gulf War, etc. so why should we fly a flag for the Civil War? Anyone should be welcome to fly any flag they would like on their own property. However we have a national flag. the ‘stars & stripes’ is the appropriate flag for public buildings.

        • Justin Hagood

          Seeing how this isn’t a building, it is a memorial and is along side the flags of France, Spain, England, and the United States, which happen to be every country flag that flew over the state as a memorial you shouldn’t take issue with it should you. Or should we get rid of every memorial or historical landmark because it might offend someone?

          • Tammie Schaffer

            I still think our ‘Stars & Stripes’ flag should be sufficient. Say what you will, but everyone knows that unfortunately the confederate flag is connected with racism in most people’s minds. Just watch the trucks, gun racks, etc with the confederate flag in their back windows. Now, compare those to many of their bumper stickers. Hello? Check out Hog Valley. A place very well known for its prejudice. How many rebel flags there?

          • Justin Hagood

            So anybody with a truck gun rack and a confederate flag on the truck is a racist? That is kind of prejudice in a nut shell. Way to be. I guess that makes you the one to spot it because you preach it.

          • Tammie Schaffer

            That’s NOT what I said. I said compare those trucks to some of their bumper stickers. And sometimes their occupants. What’s wrong? Did I hit too close to home? Should we have a black history month flag & maybe a rainbow flag, too? Those could be construed as historical.

          • Tammie Schaffer

            I know there are some people who truly believe the flag represents their “southern heritage”, etc. However, I have noticed the majority of those fighting so hard to keep the confederate flag flying at public venues are often racist rednecks. Sorry, just being honest. The best are the ones who say, “some/one of my best friends are black.” No, I’m not a “tree hugging liberal”, a Yankee, a feminist or an African American, although that shouldn’t matter. I’m not sure I understand what the problem is with flying the flag on one’s own personal property. Why is that not sufficient?

          • Justin Hagood

            Is that the flag in this article is part of a monument, which was privately funded, documenting 300 years of history. I explaned this already and you went on a bigoted tirade about “rednecks.” I don’t have a truck or any of that other nonsense you were spewing. I have a problem with it IS history, and white washing history is wrong also. This flag in this article that you threw your two cents on is used as a historical flag. It is not even the Tenneseee battle flag that hurts everyones feelings. What is next going through confederate cemeteries amd grinding flags off of every headstone. Where does it stop?

  • Fats Gee

    Not for that racist symbol either,but no one
    Made not one complaint for it to come down..
    Now that’s weird!!!

  • Fats Gee

    And for the lady that don’t black people, may God the father bless you

  • Carolyn Torrey

    The Marion County area is guilty of discrimination. I am against discrimination by race. Marion County Public school was in a 28 year lawsuit with the department of Justice and again was guilty of basing the gifted program via race the findings are Office of Civil Rights.

    Complaint to OCR on Dr N H Jones elementary Brief

    In these series of documents you will clearly see the
    discrimination of Minorities in both the gifted and the school designated as the stipulated agreement with the department of Justice. 28 year lawsuit against Marion County Public Schools. What Marion County did was make this school a majority white school as the principal had the power to pick and choose who was allowed to enter. The funding to this school increased by 42% over a 6 year period and the minorities were bused out to other schools. The FDOE knew about the discrimination. Year Book Pictures at Dr N H Jones Elementary clearly showed and Blue Ribbon submission clearly verified the discrimination. Filed under the Name of Ugene Poole.

    Findings….
    MARION COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT
    Section 302 Resolution Agreement
    Complaint #04-10-1291

    The U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights
    (OCR), initiated an investigation of the above-referenced complaint filed against Marion County
    School District (District), pursuant to Title VI. Prior to the completion of OCR’s investigation,
    the District asked to resolve the compliance concern of this investigation pursuant to Section 302 of OCR’s Case Processing Manual (CPM). Accordingly, to ensure compliance with Title VI and to resolve the issues of this investigation, the District voluntarily agrees to take the following actions.