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Confederate flags: Flying for historical freedom or fomenting hate?

May 05, 2013 5:00 am  •  Kevin Woster Journal staff

Don Balyeat is going classroom to classroom, club to club in defense of the Confederate flag.

He's not defending the hate. He's defending the history.

It's a challenging labor of love for the 73-year-old Sturgis-area resident, a retired AAA manager and self-made historian on the Civil War. He travels to schools and local history groups clarifying what he considers to be misconceptions about the familiar-and-controversial Confederate battle flag.

It is much more, Balyeat contends, than a symbol of prejudice and racial division, although he admits that it has often been used as such.

"It is not a hate flag. It is a piece of history that cannot be lost," Balyeat said. "Should we hate the flag because it's carried by racist people?"

That question is being debated these days in western South Dakota, far from the traditional battlegrounds of the Confederate flag conflict in states farther south. A dispute over an historical flag display in a building at the VA Medical Center in Hot Springs has turned a formerly distant issue into an up-close topic of debate across the Black Hills region.

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The Stainless Banner

Headquarters Flag of General Robert F. Hoke

A native of Lincolnton, North Carolina, General Robert F. Hoke rose to the rank of major general during the Civil War. This is a second national pattern Confederate flag adopted on May 1, 1863 and used until replaced on March 4, 1865. Because of its large white field this pattern flag was nicknamed the “stainless banner.” This flag most certainly marked Hoke’s headquarters during his brilliant victory at Plymouth, North Carolina on April 20, 1864. This flag was donated to the state sometime after Hoke’s death in 1912.

From: NC Museum of History

The flag above my house

The Flag Above my House.

Above the farm house,on the post of the shelter, where I "parked" my chuckwagon I have a flag. A rebel flag.

The 3rd flag of the Confederacy. The first that I had flying was the Naval confederate flag, but the last storm took that one.

Now where we live, this flag is no sign of racism or hatred, actualy like in the Old days! For me it's the flag that reminds me of my hobby as a re-enactor of the Civil War and the Old West. The people that pass by our house probably think I'm a trucker and love country music.

It's interesting how many "Rebel" flags you see on Western Weekends, Dutch and German Western theme parks. And still, none of them has anything to do with hate or racism.

For Europeans it mostly "the Other American Flag". For history buffs like me it is a bit more......

O, and I'm not a trucker, Im a sign maker, but I love American Country music!!

Alphons Schoots



The General Lee – Bo and Luke Duke’s vehicle of choice from ‘The Dukes of Hazzard‘ – is a classic and instantly recognizable Hollywood car. But it’s about to get a little less recognizable as Warner Bros., the studio that owns the theatrical, DVD and licensing rights to ‘The Dukes of Hazzard,’ has decided to remove the confederate flag from all future versions of the car.

The news has reportedly been floating around the hobby community over the past few days as ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ collectors became aware of a new regulation. A collector on was told by a representative at ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ toy company Tomy:

Starting January 1, 2013 all Dukes of Hazzard General Lee vehicles will not be allowed to be produced with the Confederate Flag on the top of the vehicle.

According to the toy rep, the word came directly from Warner Bros. who no longer wants to endorse an item that has the Confederate flag printed on it.

As of now, this directive only expressly includes merchandising but Warner Bros. is developing a new ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ movie with Jody Hill directing and if they’re being this strict about licensing issues, they could very well enforce the same policy with the upcoming film. But what is a ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ property without the General Lee with the flag painted on top?

What do you think? Is it a smart move for a company like Warner Bros. to distance themselves from the symbolic nature of the Confederate flag or do you think it’s an overly PC kneejerk reaction.

Originally posted at Screen Crush by Mike Sampson

'Redneck' school bus driver wins right to fly Confederate Flag

Redneck flag

Oregon has its share of interesting people, and one of them won a First Amendment ruling over the weekend. Jackson County school busdriver Kenneth Webber earned his job back after an Oregon court ruled that the schooldistrict could not fire him over his decision to fly the Confederate Flag.

Webber, who has driven a school bus in Jackson County School District 4 for six years, was fired for his refusal to remove a Confederate Flag with the word "redneck" prominently displayed on his personal pickup truck. Webber's truck had been parked on school grounds, and his decision to ignore a supervisor's request to remove the flag while on school property eventually led to a suspension and, ultimately, his firing.

According to the court, that's a violation of Webber's First Amendment rights.

The flag was a birthday gift from Webber's father, and Webber claims that it has nothing to do with any sort of racism. According to the Huffington Post, "The married father of four said the flag had nothing to do with politics and everything to do with proclaiming his 'redneck' lifestyle of hunting, fishing and family."

"I work for what I have. I support my family. It's just who I am. I'm a redneck," Webber told the AP. "It's a way of life."

School Superintendent Ben Bergreen explained to the APwhy he personally insisted that the school bus company force Webber to remove the flag:

"The fact is, our district is about 37 percent minority students. It's fairly common knowledge that the Confederate battle flag is perceived by folks as a racist or negative symbol. The Southern Poverty Law Center said more than 500 extremist groups use it as one of their symbols."

He claimed that the flag violated the school district's policy of anti-harassment, which according to the Christian Science Monitor, prohibits "jokes, stories, pictures or objects that are offensive, tend to alarm, annoy, abuse or demean certain protected individuals and groups."

Magistrate Judge Mark Clarke, however, ruled that Webber has the right to fly the flag. He decided that there was no proof that the "redneck" Confederate Flag had harmed school operations.

"The law governing Webber's First Amendment rights is clearly established," Clarke proclaimed. "The display of a flag is an act of symbolic expression protected under the First Amendment."

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Las Cruces Tea Party flew Confederate flag on Fourth of July parade float


Bitter words are being exchanged between the Las Cruces mayor and the city's Tea Party over a parade float.

The Tea Party's float won best of show at the Las Cruces Fourth of July parade.

The float prominently displayed a Confederate flag.

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Former congressman, 'Dukes of Hazzard' star blasts NASCAR on Confederate flag issue

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The General Lee will not be in a parade lap next month before a Cup race at Phoenix. (AP Photo)

By Jim Utter -

Former Georgia congressman Ben Jones, who starred as ace mechanic "Cooter" Davenport on the hit television series "The Dukes of Hazzard", issued a statement on Friday criticizing NASCAR for its decision to prevent the use of the popular "General Lee" 1969 Dodge Charger at the Phoenix Sprint Cup race in March.

"At a time when tens of millions of Americans are honoring their Union and Confederate ancestors during this Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, NASCAR has chosen to dishonor those Southerners who fought and died in that terrible conflict by caving to 'political correctness' and the uninformed concerns of corporate sponsors," Jones said in a release.

"This is also an extraordinary insult to rural Southerners, who are NASCAR's oldest and most fervent fan base, and it sends a message against inclusion and against the need for diversity. Many of us who are descended from ancestors who fought for the South see this as a crude dishonoring of our kinfolks and our heritage. Our ancestors were proud Americans who had fought for our Nation before the Civil War and have served honorably in every conflict since then...

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Conservation of the Marshall House Flag


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — The New York State Military Museum has created a video that shows some of the meticulous work conducted to conserve a flag at the center of a deadly encounter in the opening weeks of the Civil War.

The flag is the large Confederate banner James Jackson flew from the top of his Marshall House hotel in Alexandria, Va., in May 1861. Jackson fatally shot Col. Elmer Ellsworth of Mechanicville, N.Y., after Ellsworth removed the flag from the hotel roof. One of Ellsworth's soldiers then killed Jackson.

Ellsworth, a close friend of President Abraham Lincoln, was the first Union officer killed in the war.

Experts at New York's parks office conserved the tattered flag, which is on display at the state Capital in Albany. The seven-minute video of their efforts has been posted on YouTube.

—Copyright 2012 Associated Press