Artists and activists around a purported 13 Southern states followed through on a plan to burn and bury the Confederate flag on Monday, WTVM-TV reported.
“If you don’t see the hate that comes along with it, that has come along with it, if you don’t see the racism behind what has been founded with the usage of it, then you’re ignoring it,” said Terone Allen, who organized a ceremony in Atlanta as part of an exhibit by Sarasota-based artist John Sims.
Artists taking part in the various events shared “eulogies” they composed for the flag before burying it.
“You decided to fight for the wrong side of history,” said a speaker at the Atlanta ceremony, Egypt Robinson X.
WKMG-TV reported that a similar event in Orlando drew some protesters, including a man who carried a sign saying, “Obama go home give our USA back,” suggesting that the man supported the conservative belief — debunked many times over — that President Barack Obama is not a US citizen.
History professor Julian Chambliss, who organized the Orlando event, said he burned the flag at home over the weekend, citing regulations covering the event site, a local pond. However, he was one of several participants who scattered the flag’s ashes onto the pond.
“The Confederate flag means a lot of things to a lot of people,” Chambliss said. “But to a lot of people, it’s a repressive thing.”
Members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans at various event sites also criticized the demonstrations, with many of them arguing against holding it on Memorial Day.
“With all due respect to the men of the other wars, those men were, whether you like it or not, defending their homes,” said Scott Gilbert, who identified himself as a former “post commander” for the group.
According to WSMV-TV, Sims said Monday’s events were the final part of a series of projects involving the flag. He has previously recolored it red, black, and green — the colors associated with the black liberation movement — and staged a hanging of a flag.
Watch WTVM’s report, as aired on Monday, below.
We’ll ‘come out stronger’: Michelle Obama weighs in on Trump’s ‘surreal’ impeachment
Former first lady Michelle Obama went on NBC's "Today" on Monday to talk about the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
During her NBC interview, Obama described the Trump impeachment as "surreal" and predicted that the United States would come back stronger afterward.
"I don't think people know what to make of it," she said. "But do I think we can come back from it? Oh yeah."
Obama then put Trump's impeachment in historical perspective.
"We've seen tough times in this country," she said. "You know we've gone through depressions and wars and bombings and terrorist attacks, and we've gone through Jim Crow, and we've always come out stronger. And that's what we have to continue to believe because what's our choice? To ball up in a corner and call it a day? Well that's not fair to this next generation that's coming before us that are counting on us to get this right."
‘Pathetic weenie’ Ted Cruz buried by Morning Joe’s Donny Deutsch for latest suck-up to Trump
Members of the "Morning Joe " panel were both appalled and disgusted after watching a video of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) pushing Russian propaganda and defending Donald Trump over the weekend, recalling the ugly campaign the president ran against the Texas Republican in 2016.
Addressing Cruz's appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press," where he accused Ukraine of meddling in the 2016 election, host Joe Scarborough marveled out at how the senator debased himself in the service of Trump after what happened to him in 2016.
After the host brought up the interview, MSNBC regular Donny Deutsch had a few things to say about Cruz.
‘Not a well man’: Morning Joe panelists baffled by Trump’s latest bizarre rant
MSNBC's Donny Deutsch says President Donald Trump's bizarre rant about toilets is a clear sign of mental decline.
The president complained Friday that new toilets must be flushed 10 to 15 times to clear the bowl, and "Morning Joe" panelists tried to make sense of his rant about bathroom facilities.
"That's a lot of flushing," said co-host Mika Brzezinski.
"We asked the White House if they're having issues with the plumbing in the building," said Associated Press reporter Jonathan Lemire. "Perhaps the president is harkening back to his time as a developer, and maybe at Trump Tower they have high-flush powerful toilets. But we'll keep asking, we'll pursue this -- don't you worry."