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A Confederate flag at the Citadel military college in Charleston, South Carolina has drawn criticisms from some, but the state’s attorney general’s office approved the flag on Tuesday.
One official had called for the flag, which has flown at the school’s Summerall Chapel since 1939, to be take taken down or the school to be stripped of public funding.
The Solicitor General Robert D. Cook decided that the flag is protected by the “Heritage Act” and will remain exactly where it has been for decades.
“It’s just still as if they are trying to preserve the Confederacy,” said Charleston County Councilman Henry Darby, who protested the flag being flown at the entrance to the chapel.
“As the flag in the chapel is on public property and we are a state institution, we have a duty to follow the law,” retired Lieutenant General Michael Steele, a Citadel board member, said. “We understand and respect that any flag brings up strong emotions.”
The Confederate flag is not only stirring controversy in South Carolina, but Virginia as well.
A group of Confederate sympathizers called The Virginia Flaggers posted their second Confederate flag along a Virginia highway.
Even though the group’s first flag raised the ire of at least 24,000 Virginians who signed a petition in opposition to it, that didn’t stop the group from erecting a second flag on I-95 along the route to Richmond.
“We have no problems with people who have different points of view, but we also want them to respect our views,” said Barry Isenhour, a spokesman for the Confederate group.