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If you’re driving through Virginia near Fredericksburg, then you should probably brace yourself for an eyesore. A group of Confederate sympathizers called The Virginia Flaggers have posted their second Confederate flag along the highway.
The second flag is on Interstate 95 near Richmond, according to The Raw Story. Even though the group’s first flag raised the ire of at least 24,000 Virginians who signed a petition in opposition it, the group has remained headstrong in its decision to support the Confederacy in a war fought well over 100 years ago to protect slavery.
“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.
The flag is near Richmond and is bound to stir controversy since African-Americans are the majority in the city. Richmond was once home to the largest slave market in America and the Flaggers don’t intend on allowing blacks to forget that painful history.
Isenhour says the flag honors the Confederate soldiers who died near Fredericksburg, but opponents fail to see how reminding people of the war that almost tore this country apart is good for Virginia.
The flag was funded by donations and since it’s on private property, the state has no jurisdiction over it.
The Flaggers say they may post another flag along the interstate and they’re also involved with other projects that may involve flying even more Confederate banners sometime in the near future.