GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – The group requesting the elimination and relocation of the Accomplice flag exterior the Marshall County courthouse in Albertville is as soon as once more searching for allies from different native authorities teams.
Reclaiming Our Time members and different activist teams have been coming to Marshall County for nearly a whole 12 months demanding the county fee convey down the Accomplice flag.
They’ve attended fee conferences however the situation has but to be mentioned.
In hopes of getting different native authorities entities to again them, activists stopped by the Guntersville Metropolis Council assembly Monday asking the council to signal two resolutions.
The primary saying the council will encourage the county fee to take away the Accomplice flag.
“The underside line although everybody says it was a states’ rights situation. It was states’ rights are personal slaves and never a lot else, so that is actually why so many are offended once they see the so-called Accomplice flag nonetheless exhibiting after the warfare ended and Union troopers and the Accomplice troopers made peace with one another. So, I feel it’s time now to neglect this misguided historical past that so most of the Southern colleges have been educating. Slavery was unconscionable then. The ancestors of the slaves nonetheless really feel that the flag continues to be unconscionable,” mentioned Grant resident Herb New.
The opposite decision would provide a spot inside the town cemetery to accommodate the Accomplice monument at the moment sitting subsequent to the flag if and when the county decides to relocate it.
“All we’re asking is for our elected officers from any metropolis to take a stand and say, ‘You already know what, we’ve got realized from the historical past of the Confederacy and the whole lot that has been offered to us from our constituents and the petition that this is a matter that must be addressed,” mentioned Reclaiming Our Time founder Distinctive Dunston.
Others on the metropolis council assembly mentioned the council ought to maintain off till the county decides.
“This request is to not clear up an issue however to create one. This isn’t about options, that is about energy. That is pure political pandering. That is placing the cart earlier than the horse,” mentioned Dr. Pete Sparks.
Dr. Sparks made an instance by requesting some resolutions of his personal.
“I would like an ordinance to ban giraffes as pets on this metropolis. I don’t desire a giraffe leaning over my fence consuming my shrubs so simply in case any individual’s excited about getting a giraffe, I’d like so that you can go forward and ban that,” requested Sparks.
Reclaiming Our Time hasn’t put a deadline on when they want the council to go resolutions as a result of Dunston says she desires them to assume it by and educate themselves on why the Accomplice flag shouldn’t be on county property.
She tells Information 19, although, that they’re prepared to maintain up their arduous work for so long as it takes to get it eliminated.
Protesters had been exterior the Albertville Metropolis Corridor earlier than the council assembly and had been hoping to ask members as soon as once more for help.
Nonetheless, group members had been unaware of a protocol change the place permission to talk at a council assembly have to be submitted beforehand.
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