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Many State Flags With Confederate Ties Are Still Flying

Many people call the Confederate flag offensive, but there are other flags with ties to the Confederacy that aren't being examined as closely.

By Jamal Andress | June 23, 2015

As details continue to emerge about Dylann Roof, who shot and killed nine people in a Charleston, South Carolina, church, another issue that runs deep in the history of South Carolina has taken center stage.  

"We cannot have the Confederate flag waving in the state capitol," NAACP National President Cornell Brooks said.

"A hundred fifty years after the civil war, the time has come," South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said.

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The flag of the confederacy flies high on statehouse grounds over a monument for Confederate soldiers and has done so since 2000. Before that, it was flown atop the South Carolina state capitol dome right below the U.S. flag and the South Carolina state flag.  

"It was not always flown in South Carolina at the capitol building. It was actually first raised in 1962 as a defiant response to civil rights," said East Anglia University professor Sarah Churchwell.

"What do you see when you see the Confederate flag flying?" asked Elaine Quijano.

"Rape, torture, terrorism, murder, subjugation,"  said Rev. Joseph Darby.

The Confederate flag is viewed by many as offensive and a symbol of hate, but there are other flags with similar ties to the confederacy that are not being examined as closely. 

A prime example comes from Maryland, where the white and red portions of the state flag are associated with Confederate supporters in the state. The Crossland Banner, arms of the Crossland family, were worn on Confederate uniforms during the civil war by Marylanders who fought for the Confederacy. 

The Mississippi flag is significantly less subtle, it has the confederacy battle flag in the left corner with a red, white and blue stripe. The Mississippi flag remains the only one in the country to actually feature the confederate battle flag in its design.

It's been that way since the 1890s, and as recently as 2001, it was approved by 65 percent of Mississippi voters. 

Georgia also had the Confederate battle flag flying over its state capitol as recently as 2001. Similarly to the confederate flag being raised in South Carolina, Georgia added the rebel flag to its official state flag in 1956 during the height of racial integration and just two years after the historic Brown v. Board of Education decision. 

It has since been changed to the First National Flag of the Confederacy, also known as the Stars and Bars, with the Georgia state seal in the middle. 

While Georgia and Mississippi have the most recognizable ties to the Confederacy in their state flags, some argue the state flags of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida and North Carolina all have subtle ties to the Confederacy. 

As it stands, there is a proposal in the South Carolina legislature to remove the rebel flag from statehouse grounds and put it in a museum. 

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