NATCHITOCHES MAYORIAL UPDATE ON DECISION REGARDING CONFEDERATE FLAG

PRESS CONFERENCE 11/16/15 (TODAY) AT 4:00 P.M. 

Rebel Flag

NATCHITOCHES – Mayor Lee Posey will hold a press conference today, November 16, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. at the Natchitoches Arts Center located at 716 Second Street in Natchitoches. The press conference will be in response to the decision made regarding the Confederate Flag.

Contact: Samantha Bonnette, City of Natchitoches
Phone:(318) 352-2746
Email: sbonnette@natchitochesla.gov
11/16/15
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

24 thoughts on “NATCHITOCHES MAYORIAL UPDATE ON DECISION REGARDING CONFEDERATE FLAG

  1. Granted this is an Arklatex parade, Natchitoches isnt exactly the poster child of progression. Its a sleepy city with contaminated water, a high cancer rate, a like minded population, and is super conservative. It just FITS that the confederate flag would be fought over for keeping in a parade that overly spends on fire works and laser shows.

    • Miss Katrina,

      It would seem that you have several reasons for not liking Natchitoches; however, if the good folk were so like-minded and so super-conservative, as you claim, we would not be fighting over the Battle Flag; and we certainly would not have elected some of the politicians who are now in office. The issue of the Battle Flag is not limited to “non-progressive” Natchitoches. I certainly hope that you are not living in this “awful place”!

  2. Americans fighting each other on US soil. Think about it people we’re killing our country. We’re falling right into their trap. It’s exactly what they want. We’re killing and fighting each other now! Wake up, smell the roses, the coffee, and figure it out. Our great land of freedom will be no more, it’s being taken over and you stupid people are falling right into their hands! Wake up and stop fighting each other over stupidity!

  3. The Confederate Battle Flag has had a prominent place in the Natchitoches Christmas Parade for over twenty years. The core of the men carrying the flag has been in the parade for over twenty years. Each year, the crowd, black and white, has cheered as the men with the flag went by. Why now, this year, has it become an issue? The Confederate Battle Flag was the military flag of the Confederacy which lasted only four years, from 1861 to 1865. The U.S. Flag which is also flown at the parade flew over slavery in some form from 1776 to 1866. The French Flag flew over slavery from 1699 to 1767. It is also in the parade. The Spanish Flag flew over slavery from 1500 to 1803. It, too, is in the parade. The Union Jack which flew over slavery from about 1600 to 1844 also flew over slavery. The plantation homes which every one is so proud of are the direct result of slavery. One begs a little consistency in the “outrage” which seems to have come out of nowhere!

    • Thank you, Dr. Peters, for injecting some intelligence and knowledge into the debate over our Battle flag. We have some who use their “being offended” as a political tool to attack our southern heritage. Do not offend you but it is fine for you to heap abuse and hate to us! And we are to compromise with you and take down our flag? What is your part of the compromise, find another reason to be offended? I always thought “we shall overcome” stood for demanding to share equally in all things. READ IT AGAIN.
      Robert E. Porter

  4. Anyone who thinks the Battle Flag is anything but honorable needs a long series of history lessons to remove their ignorance. This flag is a soldiers’ flag, nothing more. Its design is based upon the ancient and honorable religious symbol of the Saint Andrews Cross. Here’s Pastor John Weaver to explain the truth to you and confirm this flag’s unwavering honor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDpAB7mycNc

  5. Good or bad… NONE of us alive right now has ever fought for the flag or against it. Si I say if we can not have our flag that we have loved all of our lives then NO other race, belief , etc. should be able to have their flags, shirts, etc. All for one and one for all or nothing and each mind their own business and wear/fly each his own !

  6. I think it is time to put this flag in its place of history and not in the parade. That being said, we need to look at many of the other groups that that have been in the parade in the past and are still invited that offend people. Ive said this before and will again, I don’t attend this parade anykonger because in the name of “Dance” even some “Bands” offend me by the way they move their bodies in a manner that leaves nothing to the imagination and is just “Nasty”. I wouldnt want my child or Grandchildten watching such perverse actions. Lets examine all of our entries snd make this truky a “Family” Christmas Festival event that all people can enjoy! We All Matter!

  7. Comparing confederate soldiers to nazi soldiers is the biggest bunch of PC bullshit I’ve ever read. Slavery no where near touches the holocaust. You Left nut jobs make me vomit.

    • Are you stupid? Do you know how many people were enslaved? Do you know how many atrocities were committed during and after slavery? Do you know how many years slavery lasted in this country? You are very very ignorant!!

  8. Just as our American flag is soaked in blood also but I don’t see you jumping on that subject under our flag we shoved the native people of this land into reservations or death under the american flag we put the Chinese into concentration camps because of WWII but that’s nothing right. Yea it flew for the Confederate soldiers who fought for the southern way of life but you should also note that the emancipation proclamation was for the south only and that the north under the American flag didn’t release there slaves till after the war…… All this crap over a flag that was ignored until a shooting well how about the shooting under the gay flag but wait I forget we put those aside and take away rights for one flag because that’s fair. I mean it’s not like black people also support the Confederate flag also known as the rebel flag which has been modified since the war because it was originally the bars and stars…….

  9. This post may offend some people but this is on my mind. Up until recently I’ve never given much thought about the Confederate Flag and what is symbolizes but now the issue has come to my hometown and I have given it some thought and here is how I feel about it. The Confederate flag is America’s Swastika!
    The Germans in WWII fought for what they thought was right but they fought for genocide and their cause was still an evil one. Because the cause was evil you don’t see Germans celebrating the valor of the Wehrmact and for good reason. Valor in the service of evil is not something to be revered or memorialized. The Confederates fought for slavery and the history of the south is soaked in the blood and sweat of blacks whose culture and human rights were systematically denied by whip, rape and the lynching tree. But hey, Heritage is Heritage!!
    The justification for the confederate flag is based on the honoring of the ancestors of many southerners who fought for the confederacy and lost their lives and in that same respect many Germans were conscripted or volunteered to fight for the Nazi’s under the banner of the swastika. But here is the difference between the Germans and the Confederates, the German peoples reaction has been to regard the swastika as a symbol of a shameful past. Preserving many concentration camps as museums throughout the country to make sure they never forgot the horrors committed in their name. The history is taught in depth so that they never forget. The South needs to embrace the atrocities committed during slavery and seek redemption and reconciliation. No one in Germany would ever think of waving a swastika flag with the excuse of nostalgia and heritage. The confederate flag should be regarded as a symbol of a shameful past where people either actively participated or were apathetic about the cruel and inhumane acts that occurred.
    Under the banner of “heritage” the claim is that the Confederate flag has nothing to do with fighting a war to defend 300 years of human trafficking and the genocide that entailed and everything to do with a noble history of Southern culture and States’ rights. The Civil War was not about States Rights; it was about maintaining slavery. The South saw slaves as nothing more than “property” and feared the decrease in wealth if slavery were abolished. African Americans view the Confederate Flag as a symbol of this type of thinking and some are deeply offended by and see the individuals who display it as potential racist. Some of you may not understand this but some of you know this to be true.
    Correct me if I am wrong but the confederate flag started to be used as a symbol of white supremacy right around the time of the Civil Rights movement and still up to this very day its still a symbol of white supremacy and hate of another race as well as the Swastika. Some of you know that as well!

    The following came from an article in the Washington Post:

    In 1863, as the Confederate flag was discussed at the Rebel congress in Richmond, a racist newspaper editor — William Tappan Thompson of the Savannah Morning News — weighed in. His idea: Put the battle flag on an expanded field of white to make “the white man’s flag.”

    “As a people, we are fighting to maintain the heaven ordained supremacy of the white man over the inferior or colored race; a white flag would thus be emblematic,” Thompson wrote. He added in another article: “As a national emblem, it is significant of our higher cause, the cause of a superior race, and a higher civilization contending against ignorance, infidelity, and barbarism.”

    So even from the beginning the confederate flag has been seen as a symbol of White Supremacy so if this is your Heritage and you are not ashame of it then embrace it and really understand it. Be honest about who you are and what you stand for. I can respect that because I’d rather deal or not deal with a person that I know hates me openly than a person who hates me and hides it.

    Ignorance is Bliss!!!!! Know your history! Know what you are defending!!

    • Just as our American flag is soaked in blood also but I don’t see you jumping on that subject under our flag we shoved the native people of this land into reservations or death under the american flag we put the Chinese into concentration camps because of WWII but that’s nothing right. Yea it flew for the Confederate soldiers who fought for the southern way of life but you should also note that the emancipation proclamation was for the south only and that the north under the American flag didn’t release there slaves till after the war…… All this crap over a flag that was ignored until a shooting well how about the shooting under the gay flag but wait I forget we put those aside and take away rights for one flag because that’s fair. I mean it’s not like black people also support the Confederate flag also known as the rebel flag which has been modified since the war because it was originally the bars and stars…….

    • d. barber, you are very blissed with the ignorance of history. the history you are talking about is only partial truth. not all Confederate Soldiers fought for slavery, my ancestors (great grandfather and 4 great uncles) did not own slaves. they along with 90% of Confederate Soldiers fought to protect the land the called home. they fought against an army who invaded the south. you should tell people how the slaves were forced to the south when they could not be taken care of when the textile mills in the north stopped working because Lincoln imposed a 46% tax increase on products going to the northern mills. why don’t you read what Lincoln said in his presidential campaign prior to being elected president. the one that he said, quote: the negro will never be equal to the white man and should remain slaves. if the war between the states started in 1861 and was fought to free slaves, then why in the hell did Lincoln wait to sign the proclamation of emancipation until 1863? answer: because the northern people started questioning his reasoning for the war and he had to have an reason.

      • Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation as a war measure, the reason given in his own words. He hoped that it would initiate a slave uprising, turning the slaves into terrorists, so that Confederate soldiers would abandon their posts to protect their families. He also hoped to curry favor with the Europeans. The slaves, of course, did not rise up; and his proclamation freed no one slave. What is did do was cause mass desertions in the Union army, draft riots and the murder of blacks in northern cities such as New York. It was the one act which almost caused him to lose the election of 1864 nearly two years later.

    • They didn’t fight for slavery. Please learn YOUR history. The North nor President Lincoln didn’t care about freeing slaves. In fact Lincoln is being quoted as such.

  10. I don’t know if I can get away to be there, but know that you have so very much support for removing that hateful symbol from a parade that, theoretically at least, is supposed to honor the birth of the Prince of Peace. Having a military presence in any form there seems an affront to the being whose birthday is celebrated, but having a battle flag that celebrates the cause of slavery makes our entire city look like throwbacks to the pre-Civil Rights era.

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