County Commission Says ‘No’ To Confederate Flag

20 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Greene County Confederate battle flag resolution fails by 20-1 vote.

A Tennessee county known during the American civil war for its close ties to the Union cause is to decide on Monday whether to raise the Confederate flag above its courthouse for the first time in its history. GREENEVILLE (WATE) – Greene County commissioners Monday night voted against a resolution to display the Confederate battle flag alongside the American flag at the courthouse by a wide margin. Local commissioner Buddy Randolph remained unconcerned when he commented to CNN affiliate WJHL that his proposal to fly the Rebel flag above Tennessee’s Greene County courthouse “has nothing to do with race or anything.” “Greene County Commission and the citizens they represent are proud to be Americans, but they are also proud to be Tennesseans and whereas, Greene County is conscious of its Heritage and loyalties; one that transcends the usual ties of national patriotism and state pride.

In Tennessee’s Ordinance of Secession referendum, which was confirmed on 8 June 1861, Greene County citizens voted against secession by a vote 2,691 to 733. To those who might take offense at the symbolic revival and reminder of deeply-ingrained racism, Randolph responded: “If people have a problem with it, it’s their problem. For another, Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Abraham Lincoln as president in 1865, was from Greene County and was the only southern member of the House or Senate to remain in Congress during the war. “Commissioner Randolph may not like this history, but it has the virtue of being factual. He should be celebrating Greene County’s heritage of resistance to the Confederacy, not propping up a grotesque distortion of ‘history’ that debases our true past and offends many, many of our own neighbors,” Hood wrote.

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