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Southern Heritage <br>News and Views: March 2006

Friday, March 31, 2006

Girl sues school over Confederate clothes

Student Suspended For Waving Confederate Flag

Eatery protested for confederate flag ban

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Civil War Weekend woes

Memorial or painful reminder?

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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Battle flag won’t fly at Ringgold GA.

A number of members of the "we wants" community brought the issue before the City Council on Feb. 14, 2005. They described the flag as a symbol of hatred and said it should be removed...INFO HERE

Victim of Smear Campaign Gets Even With Morris Dees

Friday, March 24, 2006

Rebel yell

Burr Oak school officials enforce rule on displays of Confederate flag
Sturgis Journal, MI

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Battle brewing over Confederate symbol's removal from county seal

Sample Confederate History and Heritage Month Proclamation


Suffolk's Mayor Cancels Confederate History Month

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Mayor in Virginia refuses to sign Confederate proclamation

Monday, March 20, 2006


Stephens County sued for harassing Confederate Flag supporters

Anti-Southern Bigotry and Inbreeding

Column advocated a kind of racism

Flag rally leads to suit against Stephens Co. officials

Saturday, March 18, 2006

In Dixieland will we make our stand?

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Lee County needs to re-examine link to Confederate general

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Southern comfort?

Students and faculty discuss where the University stands in terms of the Mason-Dixon line; can the University be branded a 'Southern' school?

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Confederate Flag Supporters Sue Stephens County Leaders

Story HERE

Lawrence commission votes for Confederate Monument at courthouse:

Story HERE

Powhatan sets history month

Friday, March 10, 2006

Striking the Colors:

Confederate flag was flown about 10 years...Now gone.

Story HERE

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Oy ve’ Ozzie, where do you come up with this stuff??

Second Rebel-flag related suit filed

Students slap $10 million lawsuit On Blount County school

The Southern Legal Resource Center News Release
Wednesday, March 8, 2006

Students slap $10 million lawsuit on Blount County school officials

Complaint alleges teacher, principal harassed female student in retaliation for last week’s suit over Confederate flag ban KNOXVILLE, TN.

A lawsuit filed today in U.S. District Court seeks $10 million in damages from Blount County education officials for harassment of a female high school student. Both the lawsuit and a request for a temporary restraining order filed simultaneously allege that William Blount High School Principal Steve Lafon threatened the minor student and “took close up pictures of [her] thighs,” with no other students or school employees present, in a pair of jeans her teacher, Mark Williams, claimed violated the school’s dress code.

Williams has been named as a co-defendant in the suit, together with the entire Blount County School Board. The incident occurred on March 3, only hours after Lafon had been served with a lawsuit stemming from the school’s ban on images of the Confederate flag. The female student whom Lafon allegedly forcibly photographed is the girl friend of one of the student plaintiffs in that case, and today’s suit claims that Lafon’s actions against her were in retaliation for the first suit. Williamson had sent several other students to the office for reported violations of the dress code, but only the girl friend was subjected to being photographed, the suit states. Knoxville Attorney Van Irion filed both complaints and represents plaintiffs in both actions.

The Southern Legal Resource Center of Black Mountain, North Carolina, is acting as co-counsel. The SLRC is a nonprofit legal organization that specializes in cases involving Southern heritage and culture. The motion for temporary restraining order requests that the female plaintiff be transferred out of Williamson’s class at once, and that neither Williamson nor Lafon be allowed within fifty feet of her.

For additional information, contact:
Roger McCredie
The Southern Legal Resource Center
(828) 669-5189

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Actually, the Civil War was about slavery

Ozie Lee Hall, Jr.
March 07, 2006
Letter to the Editor, The East Carolinian, Greenville, NC

Read it HERE

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Sunday, March 05, 2006

Ceremony salutes flag and its cause

Friday, March 03, 2006

Flag of Dixie ignites new dispute

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Blount County school board, school officials sued over ban on Confederate flag

KNOXVILLE, TN – Three high school students and their parents are suing the Blount County School Board and two school officials in connection with the ban on Confederate symbols currently in effect there. The suit will be filed today at the federal courthouse in Knoxville.

The suit charges that the students’ constitutional rights were violated between May of 2005 and January of 2006, when they were subjected to disciplinary action for wearing items of clothing bearing the Confederate flag. The action taken against the students, as well as the ban on Confederate symbols itself, violates their First Amendment rights of free speech. The disciplinary action taken against them also violates Fourteenth Amendment principles of equal protection and due process, the suit alleges.

Knoxville Attorney Val Irion is acting as counsel for the students and their families, supported by the Southern Legal Resource Center of Black Mountain, North Carolina. The SLRC, as it is known, is a legal organization that specializes in civil rights cases involving Southern heritage and culture issues.

“In a school system that supposedly prizes diversity and allows students to wear and display all manner of ethnic and cultural symbols, these kids were discriminated against simply for taking pride in their own ancestry,” said Roger McCredie, the SLRC’s Executive Director.

On February 10, Irion sent a letter to William Blount Principal Steve Lafon, with copies to the school board, seeking a review of the school’s policy. He received no reply. “That means the taxpayers of Knox County now are going to have to fund a lawsuit that’s been made necessary by their refusal even to discuss this matter.”

Earlier this week the SLRC settled a case out of court on behalf of its client Jacqueline Duty, a Kentucky student who was barred from her senior prom for wearing a, evening dress patterned after the Confederate flag. That case in turn was based on another SLRC victory, Castorina v. Madison County Schools, in which an appellate court struck down a school board’s ban on Confederate symbols. The Federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, where the Castorina case was heard, includes Tennessee, McCredie noted. “The Blount County School Board’s legal counsel must surely be aware of that,” McCredie said.

Irion will act as lead attorney in the case, with SLRC Chief Trial Counsel Kirk D. Lyons acting as co-counsel, McCredie said.

For additional information, contact:

Roger McCredie
(828) 669-5189
(828) 301-5452 (cell)

County's removal of Confederate flag from seal stirs some

Confederate Suit Imminent

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Flag Flap

Confederate flag won’t fly over courthouse but will be displayed inside
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