Among the many state and local governments to consider removing Confederate battle flags from public property was Florida’s Walton County.
Commissioners recently voted unanimously to replace one displayed on the courthouse lawn. Board member Sara Comander explained:
The soil of Walton County has been enriched with the blood and sweat of the people who came before every one of us, some who fought and died in the war between the states. I want to honor all of those who came before us, but I also want to be cognizant of those that the present flag seems to offend.
Replacing the outgoing flag, commissioners decided, would be another divisive banner – one bearing the Confederate States of America’s first official design.
“It’s perplexing how this is perceived as any compromise,” said local activist Daniel Uhlfelder, who said local leaders “replaced a symbol of segregation with a symbol of slavery and secession.”