Thursday, July 2, 2015

Let's Get Ready To Rumble: Group Behind Confederate Flag Controversy Wants A Rematch

Posted By on Thu, Jul 2, 2015 at 5:57 PM

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Despite still licking their wounds over their loss at the hands of the nation's top court, the organization behind the growing national controversy over the Confederate flag will not quietly fade into the sunset.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans, the Tennessee-based group that maintains it does not embrace nor encourage racism and merely seeks to maintain historic heritage, led a years-long legal fight for the right to defend its use of the Confederate Battle Flag.

That modern-day struggle started right 'ere in Texas, when the group was denied use of the flag by the state DMV for a specialty license plate.

And it ended in defeat last month, when the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the DMV,

The decision had repercussions way beyond the Supreme Court steps and even in Austin, as state lawmakers across the country continue to push for removal of the flag from flying at their capitol and while national retailers like Wal-Mart stop selling anything bearing the Confederate flag.

Locally, former mayor and current Obama cabinet member Julián Castro wants a name change for Robert E. Lee High and Dixie Flag, while not actually planning to change its name, also decided to stop making and selling the troubled flag.

You'd think that maybe after causing such a fervor, you'd want to ever-so-slowly get out of dodge and stay out of the limelight for a while.

Not the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

As they see it, they may have lost a major battle, but the war is not over.

"We haven't lost anything," Gary Bray, the group's commander for its Texas division, told the Dallas Morning News this week. "We are going to come back with another design for our license plate. And our battle flag is not going anywhere."

That's right. It's back to the drawing board and then try the whole thing all over again – petition the Texas DMV, with a redesigned specialty plate concept.

Maybe this time they'll sign Michael Buffer of "let's get ready to rumble" fame to usher the new bout.

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