We’re going to do our best to get this right, but Nathan Deal’s position on the Confederate flag seems to be spinning like a top.
Better Georgia and more than 2,000 Georgians have called on Gov. Deal to remove the Confederate battle flag from state-sponsored license plates in the wake of the brutal massacre in Charleston last week.
Today, your voice made a difference – but there is more work to do.
As a national tide led governor after governor today to rebuke state-sponsored placement of the Confederate battle flag, Gov. Deal took a different approach.
Just a few hours ago, the governor called a press conference to tell reporters that he stands by the Confederate flag and doesn’t want any changes at all.
“My position hasn’t changed,” he told them.
The reporters left and wrote their stories. And then the governor called them back. His position had changed!
Gov. Deal should have been thinking about this issue that has gripped the nation for nearly a week, but it turns out he may not have been. Or maybe he needed just 30 extra minutes to think it over.
In the second press conference, Gov. Deal called for a “redesign” of the state license plate. But instead of pledging to remove the Confederate battle flag for good, he said he may want to remove just one of the two flags currently on the license plate.
So after doubling down on the Confederate flag in one news conference, he went with half measures in the next.
Better Georgia: Nathan Deal still wrong on Confederate flag license plate
There’s no wonder Gov. Deal is struggling with this decision. He has a long history of being on the wrong side of civil rights issues.
Gov. Deal has referred to African American women as “ghetto grandmothers,” refused to support Wilcox County’s first integrated prom and said he is proud that he fought against The Voting Rights Act.
He also told one crowd that his wife can “look at her sixth-grade class and tell which ones are going to prison and which ones are going to college.”
So with this history, plus today’s stunning double press conferences, and in the face of a national tidal wave of opposition to this old symbol of hate, Gov. Deal seems to be trying to have it both ways.
But, when it comes to state-endorsed symbols of hate, there can be no middle ground.
At this critical moment, when Gov. Deal is on the fence, we must all urge Gov. Deal to completely remove this flag — a divisive symbol of hate — from all Georgia’s license plates.
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Thank you for getting us this far. Your actions — and the actions of thousands of your neighbors — have the governor at least thinking about making a change.
Let’s finish this now. Tell Gov. Deal to remove the Confederate flags — both of them — immediately.