Battle Lines Being Drawn Over Confederate Flag in Roanoke Parade

In early July we tipped you off to the issue of Confederate flags becoming a flash point for Christmas this year. This has not been hard to foresee given the difficult summer stories of the Charleston black church shootings.

That early July story focused on a Christmas parade in Brunswick, Georgia. Georgia has been mentioned as a target by some activists for the Civil War monuments at Stone Mountain, Georgia.

But we are hearing of a bigger battle brewing in Roanoke, Virginia and their “Dickens of a Christmas Parade”. The annual parade has long featured the Sons of Confederate Veterans and they have long featured the now-controversial Confederate flag.

What all this has to do with Christmas is not the issue.

The issue is race and the appropriate use of the flag in a city-sponsored event, which just happens to be a Christmas parade. Local media tells the story of the controversy, the plans of officials from the Sons of Confederate Veterans not to give in and now a counter protest in the works that will make the Dickens of a Christmas Parade a Dickens of a Mess.

Locals are afraid they will become the lead story on Fox News the day of the parade. It is a valid concern.

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