Confederate flag in Carrollton

Carroll County Supervisor Claude Fluker, the only Black member on the board, was met with silence when he made a motion at the Aug. 3 board meeting to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the Carroll County courthouse in Carrollton.

Carroll County supervisors are still planning to fly a Confederate flag on the grounds of the courthouse in Carrollton even after they removed the Mississippi flag with the Confederate emblem.

Carroll County Supervisor Claude Fluker, the only Black member on the board, made a motion at the Aug. 3 board meeting to take down the Confederate flag.

The motion died for lack of a second, with no discussion from the other members.

Rickie Corley, board president, said the county has no plans to remove the Confederate flag, according to the Clarion-Ledger.

Corley said the flag is flown at the Confederate monument — an obelisk sculpture with a Confederate soldier — and has been there for as long as he can remember.

When the paper asked why the county continues to fly the Confederate flag, Corley replied that the flag is “colorblind.”

Contacted by the Commonwealth, Corley said, “I don’t have anything to say.” Fluker and other board members couldn’t immediately be reached for further comment.

At the meeting, Fluker said that the Confederate flag may be a sign of violence. He also brought up points from state officials about why they decided to vote for the state flag’s removal and said these points relate directly to the flag on the courthouse lawn.

The county did remove the former Mississippi flag after state legislation was passed to change it. The next state flag must not include the Confederate symbol, and it must include the words “In God We Trust.”

Contact Adam Bakst at 581-7233 or abakst@gwcommonwealth.com. Twitter: @AdamBakst_GWCW

(3) comments

mulberry

Yup cuz they racist..

ampcan1969

Definitely trying to hold on to their racist heritage. I'll come take it down myself

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President

Someone in the community should erect a flag pole and have a Black Live Matter flag flying next to the Confederate flag. That should unite the Community.

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