Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Civil Rights Leader Charles Steele Jr: Confederate names should disappear from streets and structures

The national president of a U.S. civil-rights group said Wednesday that Confederate symbols represent “treason” and should be removed from public objects, including the Mississippi state flag.
Debate about the prominence of Old South symbols reignited after the June 17 massacre of nine black worshipers at a church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Charles Steele Jr., head of the Atlanta-based Southern Christian Leadership Conference, said Wednesday at the Mississippi Capitol that Confederate names should disappear from streets and structures.
“The Confederacy and what it stands for is treason,” he said.

Steele said he believes if African-Americans had ever organized to overthrow the U.S. government, they would’ve been killed or deported, and the South needs to stop commemorating the Confederacy.
Standing with about three dozen Mississippi residents, including several black elected officials, Steele said Mississippi should remove the Confederate battle emblem from its flag. 

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