Confederate flag controversy continues
Controversy over Confederate flags displayed on the Historic Courthouse lawn continues as county commissioners reviewed a proposed policy on the flags and other displays on county property Monday evening.
Earlier in the day, protestors were present on the sidewalk in front of the courthouse showing their support for the display of the Confederate flag, and what they believe to be the larger issue at stake — freedom of speech.
“We feel this is a violation of the first Amendment, and that it’s just blatantly wrong,” said Thomas Willis, a spokesperson for the Western North Carolina Flaggers.
The group has objected to the removal of the small Confederate flags frequently placed in front of the Confederate memorial on the courthouse lawn since the debate began this summer.
“It sets a chilling ...