Confederate Flag Supporters Protest Across the Street from President Obama

As President Barack Obama was set to speak at Taylor Stratton Elementary School in Madison, Tennessee on July 1, protesters flew the Confederate flag from across the street. Rick Martin was one of the protesters who stood in support of the “Stars and Bars” Confederate flag. The flying of the Confederate flag has been highly debated since the racially motivated shooting of nine African-Americans at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, on June 17.

Martin said he drove two hours to protest next to the school. He said that he was not protesting the president, but he was making a statement that the flag was about heritage and history as opposed to race. He added “Black people and white people fought under this flag. It would be my pleasure to meet the president of the United States. I served under him in the Marine Corps."

Another demonstrator said “We just want him to understand that this is heritage, that there is not any bit of hate coming from these flags. We can't be held accountable for one man making that mistake and shooting up that church."

Photo: Alternet, Local 8 News

The protesters drove for hours to show their support.

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