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Florida county commission unanimously votes to fly the Confederate battle flag again

Marion County officials had removed it after the shootings in Charleston


Scott Eric Kaufman
July 7, 2015 11:28PM (UTC)

Officials in Florida's Marion County have decided to buck the national -- not counting Mississippi -- trend of removing the Confederate battle flag from government buildings by restoring the one they took down after the June shootings in Charleston, South Carolina.

At the Marion County Commission meeting Tuesday morning, "several" members of general public argued that the flag ought to be restored, and the commission voted to do exactly that.

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Members of the commission assured the Ocala Star Banner's Kristine Cane, however, that the flag would be accompanied by an informative display that would outline its historical significance.

At the time of its removal, a spokeswoman for Interim County Administrator Bill Kauffman said that it was necessary because of "perceived connotations of displaying the flag at governmental agencies."

Kauffman has, as of this time, issued no statement about the arguments made to support its restoration.

Watch raw footage of the flag being raised below via WFTV.


Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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