Confederate flags placed outside MLK’s Atlanta church

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A Confederate battle flag flies at the grave of L.S. Axson, a soldier in the Confederate States Army in the U.S. Civil War, in Magnolia Cemetery in Charleston, South Carolina on June 22, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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A Confederate battle flag flies at the grave of L.S. Axson, a soldier in the Confederate States Army in the U.S. Civil War, in Magnolia Cemetery in Charleston, South Carolina on June 22, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Brian Snyder *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-CONFEDERATE-FAITH, originally transmitted on June 23, 2015.

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ATLANTA - Authorities have images of the men placing the flags outside Ebenezer Baptist Church; they say they have not ruled out hate crime charges.

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  • labman57

    As benign as a swastika on a synagogue.

  • “They have not ruled out a hate crime..”

    The placement of these flags on the church grounds is frightening, intimidating and disgusting. Some Americans still have a lot to learn, even the liberal ones.

    But in America people have the right to free speech. Offensive as it is, the flags are legal – they are just speech. It would be as if some Westboro protestors left their offensive placards against homosexuals on a gay man’s lawn.
    Ugly and intimidating for sure.

    So far, the only broken law looks like trespassing. But that is enough to arrest them and get their names for some public shaming.

  • Jack

    This appears to be some moral dwarf’s idea of how to combat the “Black Lives Matter” campaign, which was built on the perverse lie that big-city police forces are deliberately seeking to kill black people.

    The way to combat that campaign is by a broader campaign of all races together, in one large demonstration in our nation’s capital, called “All Lives Matter.”

    I’m sure that if a coalition of organizations put such a demonstration together, it would be at least as big as Dr. King’s famed March on Washington in 1963…..it would be a similarly beautiful expression of unity and love.

  • Jack

    Agreed.

  • Jack – I agree with you on the “moral dwarf” thing. However, you go on to build a straw man you can handily burn down with a mawkish reference to some multiculural chimera.

    The black lives matter movement is not predicated on the silly idea “that big-city police forces are deliberately seeking to kill black people.” No one says this, and it isn’t even implied. The facts are simple: people of color are disproportionately targeted for law enforcement, and encounters with police are more likely to lead to death or serious injury for a person of color. These are facts. No deliberately murderous police required.

    As for “all lives matter,” that’s a red herring. Just because someone says “black lives matter” doesn’t mean other lives don’t. Does fighting cancer, MS, or Alzheimer’s mean other diseases don’t matter? Of course not. Find me a leader within that movement who says ONLY black lives matter, to the exclusion of all others, and get back to me. I’ll wait.

  • Jack

    J.C., I’d agree with you if you were correct, because white racism has harmed people of color and our entire country for centuries and its legacy haunts us still.

    But the “black-lives-matter” movement is a fraud, plain and simple. It emerged out of a series of lies in which thugs getting into encounters with police were lionized by political preachers as heroes. People who pick fights with cops and then get killed aren’t heroes. The real heroes are those in poor areas who stand up to gangs, stand up to drug dealers, stand up for civility and truth, and risk their lives for it.