NAACP vows stronger Confederate flag fight in SC

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COLUMBIA, S.C. - The NAACP will make a stronger push to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse, the president of the civil rights organization said Monday.

Benjamin Jealous wouldn't go into details, but said by the summer the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People would bring more publicity to its economic boycott of South Carolina. The campaign calls for blacks to not vacation in the state and spend as little money as they can within its borders.

Jealous was in South Carolina to speak at a rally by the state's NAACP chapter honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

While speakers also discussed education and health care, the rally in South Carolina continues to be entwined with the Confederate flag, which slowly waved in a slight breeze on a 30-foot pole on the front lawn of the Capitol.

It was moved from its perch atop the Capitol dome after the NAACP began holding rallies on the King holiday to protest the flag. For the first rally in 2000, some 50,000 people jammed Statehouse grounds to demand the flag be taken down. The flag was moved months later.

For 40 years, the flag had flown below U.S. and state flags. Supporters said it commemorated the state's valiant fight in the Civil War, while detractors said it was a thumb in the eye of the civil rights movement.

The NAACP didn't support the compromise that displays the flag beside one of Columbia's busiest streets, but there has been little effort to revisit the issue. Jealous hopes to change that in the next few years.

"Dr. King knew it was put there as an act of intimidation and hatred. Moving it from right up top to smack in front doesn't change things," Jealous said. "In some ways it worsens the problem. You stand there and look at that flag and see how big it is to you and you look up at the American flag and see how small it is."

Theron Foster has been to every King Day rally since 2000. Monday, he showed his 8-year-old daughter the African-American History monument less than 100 yards from the flag.

"I want her to know both sides of the story of South Carolina," Foster said. "I want her to see what an insult this state puts right next to the story of her people."

Foster has lost hope the Confederate flag will be taken off the Capitol grounds any time soon, but he said he'll keep fighting and make sure his daughter takes up the battle.

That is the NAACP's plan too.

"Time is on our side," Jealous said. "It's not on the side of those who would like to see it fly for a thousand years."

Thousands turned out for the rally and a march through downtown streets, where bomb-sniffing dogs checked every mailbox, planter and paper box along the route and dozens of police officers lined the streets, some keeping an eye on the crowd from the top of parking decks. It was one of the biggest turnouts for the event beside the 2000 rally and the 2008 event, which included Democratic presidential candidates.

The NAACP collected donations for earthquake relief in Haiti, encouraged people to register to vote, reminded them to participate in next year's census and asked them to stay politically active.

"Hold them as accountable as they expect you to be," said Lonnie Randolph, president of the state chapter of the NAACP, as he gestured to the Statehouse behind him.

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EdSimian
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EdSimian 01/19/10 - 05:34 am
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Bring it on, we're ready for

Bring it on, we're ready for the fight.

Crazy Irish
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Crazy Irish 01/19/10 - 07:13 am
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I worked at Bell Auditorium

I worked at Bell Auditorium and the bus driver for a black band ask me where MLK Blvd was. I told him and asked if there was a particular place he needed. He said no, we need some smoke "pot" and at any town we visit MLK Blvd or Dr is where I go to score.
I suggest you worry about the drug problem on MLK Blvd or Dr. and forget about a flag.
Flags don't kill people DRUGS do.

Notreally
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Notreally 01/19/10 - 07:43 am
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I can believe that... NOT...

I can believe that... NOT... the bus driver for a black band ask you where he can find some pot at LOL.... OMG... I guess if he would have said meth he would have been on your street or around the corner from your house. You posters here will say anything.

TheDeerhunter
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TheDeerhunter 01/19/10 - 08:09 am
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U should have told him to hit

U should have told him to hit up harrisburg womp womp womp

TheDeerhunter
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TheDeerhunter 01/19/10 - 08:26 am
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Here is an objective opinion

Here is an objective opinion by Dr. ed Cahsin about Georgia's adoption of the flag. http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/081498/opi_046-8646.shtml

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Little Lamb 01/19/10 - 08:59 am
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If the NAACP is boycotting

If the NAACP is boycotting SC, why are they holding their big rally and parade in Columbia?

seenitB4
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seenitB4 01/19/10 - 09:32 am
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Instead of worrying about a

Instead of worrying about a flag right now,, what about putting your money & efforts in Haiti & help some of the desperate people..put your money where it's needed now..

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samlongshaft 01/19/10 - 09:38 am
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NAACP, what a laugh. Might

NAACP, what a laugh. Might want to change the name tho, in light of NEGRO being non politically correct these days!

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InChristLove 01/19/10 - 10:34 am
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" he showed his 8-year-old

" he showed his 8-year-old daughter the African-American History monument less than 100 yards from the flag. I want her to know both sides of the story of South Carolina, Foster said. I want her to see what an insult this state puts right next to the story of her people." So let me see if I understand this correctly, it's okay to have a African-American History monument but it's not okay to fly the Confederate Flag on the same grounds.....and this father said he wants his daughter to know both sides of the story of SC. Seems to me he wants to irradicate one side of the story. The flag was moved as a compromise but that still doesn't make the NAACP happy.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 01/19/10 - 10:35 am
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"The campaign calls for

"The campaign calls for blacks to not vacation in the state and spend as little money as they can within its borders." Doesn't he realize NO ONE has extra money for vacations. We're barely making ends meet as it is much less have money for vacations.

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nadps53jrt 01/19/10 - 11:00 am
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I just wish that the NAACP

I just wish that the NAACP would remember that blacks fouhgt in that war to save the south. It had nothing to do with slavery.

KingJames
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KingJames 01/19/10 - 11:06 am
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InChristLove, that statement

InChristLove, that statement isn't exactly true. Some people are still making a decent living and taking vacations. I know I am. I decide where I want to spend my vacation time. I do agree with you that both sides of the story should be told, though. I don't think that either side understands the importance of the other. Anytime anyone mentions slavery most whites say that blacks should get over it. Whenever the Confederate flag is mentioned, most blacks don't want it displayed. How silly of both blacks and whites! I feel slavery was necessary in order for me to be here. No matter how cruel it was, blacks survived it. The Confederacy was also necessary because it shows the will of a people to fight a losing battle against change. Slavery and the Confederacy both contributed to make America the place that it is today. Learning about both should not cause hatred from opposing sides. It's really not a black story or a white story, but an American story that all people should be aware of. You can't have African-American history without slavery and the Confederacy. You can't have the Confederacy without African-American history.

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Ayetidiosi 01/19/10 - 11:19 am
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KJ: Outstanding perspective,

KJ: Outstanding perspective, thanks.

AWyld1
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AWyld1 01/19/10 - 11:22 am
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Maybe the NAACP's time would

Maybe the NAACP's time would be better spent keeping young black men out of prison and eradicating the problems that exist among blacks and black neighborhoods. The number one killer of young black males is young black males. Educate young black females to quit bringing fatherless babies into the world. Teaching them tradesso they canbe responsiblefor themselves instead of being a slave to the entitlement programs for generation after generation. Maybe if they fought as hard for these things instead of fighting against apiece of cloth they could make a difference in the world. I don't see howremoving theflag will advance colored people. I see it as a distraction for the NAACP leadersto line their pockets while doing nothing.Kind of along the lines of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton and our government. Smoke and mirrors while they rob the coffers.

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55 F-100 01/19/10 - 11:26 am
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The NAACP should concentrate

The NAACP should concentrate their efforts on raising the % of high school graduates and college graduates and discouraging the unwed teenage mothers who will be welfare recipients for life and will never contribute as taxpayers.

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fishman960 01/19/10 - 11:27 am
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I would like to know why the

I would like to know why the NAACP cannot get out in the streets and help the people that really need help. Why waste so much energy and time to a flag when there are so many other issues facing out of the streets. It's all about posturing. You don't see the group lifting the hopes of those who have no hope, no it is all about a flag.

fishman960
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fishman960 01/19/10 - 11:44 am
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Kinda like having your house

Kinda like having your house go up in flames and spending all your resources to make sure that the mailbox doesn't catch fire.

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stillamazed 01/19/10 - 12:03 pm
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GEt over it people, it is a

GEt over it people, it is a flag, it is unfortunately a part of our past history, it was a part of history that molded this country into what it has become today, I hate rasicm and will never understand it but it is just a flag. I see racist things all the time and not just from whites but I dont' let it bother me and one people can't try to control what we all see and hear. We all have to be accepting of each other good, bad, or indifferent.

fishman960
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fishman960 01/19/10 - 12:14 pm
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Ask the S.C.V.'s if it is

Ask the S.C.V.'s if it is "just a flag". This is their heritage. I never understood it until I talked to them.

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NANF 01/19/10 - 12:15 pm
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Well,why not worry about a

Well,why not worry about a flag and turn a blind eye to what the blacks people need. How about a little leadership to help curb crime and educate them. How about getting someone within the naacp with enough backbone to help them and not expect to be glorified for doing it. Take the old times leave them behind and go forward for a change.

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Chillen 01/19/10 - 01:24 pm
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Boy Augusta Chronicle. You

Boy Augusta Chronicle. You have 3 top stories today about race. What are you trying to do, pit Augustan's against each other? Give it a rest.

mrlonglelgs
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mrlonglelgs 01/19/10 - 02:02 pm
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Cry the race card get what

Cry the race card get what ever you want. Unless your white.

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CobaltGeorge 01/19/10 - 02:30 pm
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The race issue is still here

The race issue is still here but is a lot less than it was 20 yeas ago. Don't the NAACP and the muslin president realize that they are destroying the peace that was gained in the last 20 years between human race by always bring small things back into the limelight. Keeping the young generation inflamed about something that they really didn't know or are trying to forget is not the way to kill the race card.

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Notreally 01/19/10 - 02:39 pm
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lol...

lol...

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obx2019 01/19/10 - 02:45 pm
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CobaltGeorge Haven't you

CobaltGeorge Haven't you noticed that "keeping the young generation inflamed" is exactly how the current Administration keeps it's "little" followers.

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CobaltGeorge 01/19/10 - 02:57 pm
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I tried to imply that feeling

I tried to imply that feeling also. Thanks

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 01/19/10 - 05:15 pm
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the naacp should be in the

the naacp should be in the schools, projects inner cites encouraging self-sufficientcy and all abled-bodied men an women to get out and get a job....they need to be encouraging taking advantage of all the educational opportunities available, i have yet to see a confederate flag lynch anyone, the last i checked it is an inanimate object..and for all those who will say what it stood for..well you need to study your history...because at the height of their power the KKK MARCHED 40,000 STRONG DOWN PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE CARRYING THE AMERICAN FLAG AND MARCHED IN THE SHAPE OF A CROSS... so does that mean we should work to ban the american flag and the crucifix??? in these hard times with high rates of unwed pregnancies, dorp-out rates, black on black crime the naacp needs to spend it's time trying to reduce these and other high levels of detrimental activities that is killing the black community...it is organizations and others like these that hamstring and shackle the black community to the worn out, tired and out-dated beliefs of dependency and excusing any or all failing on color...hey naacp I DON'T KNOW IF YOU ARE AWARE, WE HAVE A BLACK PRESIDENT

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 01/19/10 - 05:17 pm
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newsflash naacp-racism in all

newsflash naacp-racism in all it's forms will never go away, but significant strides have been made and it's time your organization step into the 21st century by encouraging education, self respect and personal responsibility instead of constant co-dependency which your organization fosters

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DonnieJoe 01/19/10 - 07:23 pm
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We do not have a Black

We do not have a Black president!! He is Irish! (ck."No Ones as Irish as Barak Obama.com)

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corgimom 01/19/10 - 09:13 pm
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Well, considering the

Well, considering the "success" of the NAACP boycott of South Carolina, I don't see it happening any time soon.

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