It is a news interview with a former Atlanta mayor who recently told his fellow Alumni at Moorehouse that they should be ashamed of themselves for making an issue of the Confederate flag and using Southern heritage to divide communities.
Mayor Young is a veteran of King's "Civil Rights Movement" and says that at no time during that time did anyone on either side make an issue of the Confederacy or its flag and neither should the current generation of "Civil Rights" leaders.
Young's comments at Morehouse College came partially in response to the following AP report:
JACKSON, Miss. - The University of Mississippi has removed the state flag on its Oxford campus Monday morning because the banner contains the Confederate battle emblem, which some see as a painful reminder of slavery and segregation.
Interim Chancellor Morris Stocks ordered the flag lowered and said it was being sent to the university's archives.
The action came days after the student senate, the faculty senate and other groups adopted a student-led resolution calling for removal of the banner from campus.
"As Mississippi's flagship university, we have a deep love and respect for our state," Stocks said in a statement Monday. "Because the flag remains Mississippi's official banner, this was a hard decision. I understand the flag represents tradition and honor to some. But to others, the flag means that some members of the Ole Miss family are not welcomed or valued."
Since 1894, the Mississippi flag has had the Confederate battle emblem in the upper left corner - a blue X with 13 white stars, over a field of red. Residents chose to keep the flag during a 2001 statewide vote.
More than 200 people took part in a remove-the-flag rally Oct. 16 on the Oxford campus. It was sponsored by the university chapter of the NAACP.
The University of Mississippi has struggled with Old South symbolism for decades. Ole Miss administrators have tried to distance the school from Confederate symbols. Sports teams are still called the Rebels, but the university several years ago retired the Colonel Rebel mascot - a white-haired old man some thought resembled a plantation owner. The university also banned sticks in the football stadium nearly 20 years ago, which eliminated most Confederate battle flags that fans carried.
"The University of Mississippi community came to the realization years ago that the Confederate battle flag did not represent many of our core values, such as civility and respect for others," Stocks said in the statement Monday. "Since that time, we have become a stronger and better university. We join other leaders in our state who are calling for a change in the state flag."
Several Mississippi cities and counties have stopped flying the state flag since the Charleston shootings. The state's three historically black universities had stopped flying the flag earlier, and the state's only black U.S. representative, Democrat Bennie Thompson, does not display the state flag in his offices because of the Confederate symbol.
A judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the City of Danville Virginia
The lawsuit was filed to fight the Danville City Council's decision to remove the Confederate flag that had flown outside the Sutherlin Mansion.
The judge said he dismissed the suit because the flag was a monument to the historical status of the building itself, not the Civil War or Civil War veterans.
Because of this, the judge said the marker was not entitled to enhanced protections under state law.
Attorney General Mark Herring praised the judge's decision, calling the confederate flag a symbol of pain, oppression and division for many Virginians.
ONE MAN'S MODERN DAY SECESSION MOVEMENT
The AP reported on this this week. As far as we can tell the story's subject is neither Southern nor is he Mormon. But as we all know, Secession is not, nor ever has been an exclusively "southern" issue.
SALT LAKE CITY - A New York man is building his own sovereign nation called Zaqistan on a remote piece of land in Utah.
Zaq Landsberg has created a yellow-and-red flag, official-looking passports and a border patrol gate guarded by a giant robot sentry for the realm, KSL-TV reported
Confederate Graves Discovered
Last week, archaeologist Bill Meacham discovered the graves of nearly 40 Confederate soldiers in the Riverside Cemetery in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Mr. Meacham has been searching for these graves for almost 16 years, and has spent thousands of dollars trying to locate them.
Hopkinsville had an encampment of around 2,000 soldiers primarily from Tennessee and Kentucky. Several hundred died of disease, as was the case with most encampments during the war. However, no one knew where these men were buried.
Historian William Turner said that an old ledger was discovered in a roll top desk drawer at a local bank in 1989. "That was a tremendous find, except you've got to know where to start," said Turner.
After several attempts, no graves were discovered. That is, until recently.
"We found totally about 40, but in the book, even row one has 21 graves in it, and we've only got 3 recorded. Row 2 has 27 or 28 and we got 11," said Meacham.
During the dig, one metal coffin with a nameplate was discovered. "It says William H Pate, found him in the census. He was 16-years-old when he died. He was from the 3rd regiment, Tippah County Mississippi," said Meacham.
An old gunpowder storage building was also discovered.
The remains will be reburied and given a special marker. And the area within the cemetery will be added to the National Register of Historic Places.
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