In a historically black neighborhood in South Carolina 20 miles from where the Civil War began, Annie Chambers Caddell has flown a Confederate flag from her porch for years.
Caddell’s flag is just the latest example of a Confederate flag sparking neighborhood or national controversy this year. At times, the flag has flown in places you’d last expect. Below, we round up five places the flag has caused controversies this year:
1. At a fire department.
In January, a fire department in Long Island was accused of using the Confederate flag in its logo. The fire department’s commissioner insisted the logo was an American flag, citing the department's long tradition dating back to 1924.
2. At a Kid Rock concert.
In May, Kid Rock used the Confederate flag during an on-stage performances, but later said it had nothing to do with how he feels about African Americans. “I love America. I love Detroit, and I love black people,” he said.
3. At Nikki Haley’s state house.
South Carolina had already been the center of flag controversy in July, when Gov. Nikki Haley said she wouldn’t take down a Confederate flag at the state house as part of her “agenda” that year.
4. At a cemetery.
A group of protesters called for a Confederate flag to be removed from an Atlanta cemetery this month, though the president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference retorted: “The cemetery is the proper place for the dead. And since the Confederacy is dead, thank God, it belongs there.”
5. In Palestine.
Palestine, Tex., that is. When a Confederate flag was removed from a flagpole in front of the courthouse in Palestine, some two dozen protesters gathered in front of the courthouse carrying signs that read: “heritage not hate” and “remembrance not racism.”