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15 July 2013

Does Mary Squires Believe Fellow Democrat DuBose Porter is a Racist?

With tears streaming down her face, state Sen. Mary Squires told colleagues Thursday that Gov. Sonny Perdue was a racist because he is pushing a referendum that could reinstate the flag dominated by the Confederate battle emblem.

That sentence is how an Associated Press article began in 2003.

"The governor is a racist, and these freckly white legs are headed down to the second floor to teach him a lesson," Squires said before leaving the Georgia Senate chamber and calling then-Governor Sonny Perdue a racist to his face.

Mary Squires is now running for Democratic Party of Georgia chairman.

At the time Squires' confrontation with Gov. Perdue occurred, the Georgia Senate was debating legislation designed to give voters a say in which flag should represent their state.

Former Governor Roy Barnes pushed through a change in Georgia's state flag with little or no public input in 2001. Sonny Perdue made the flag controversy an issue in the 2002 gubernatorial election, pledging to allow a referendum on the state flag. Perdue defeated Barnes that year, and Georgians rejected the Barnes-backed flag by wide margins in the 2004 statewide vote.

(Georgia state flag
DuBose Porter, a former state Representative who is also a candidate for Georgia Democratic Party chairman, sponsored a bill to designate the 1956 state flag (shown right) as the "Georgia Memorial Flag." Porter also wanted the so-called "Georgia Memorial Flag" to fly over the state capitol on Confederate Memorial Day and Robert E. Lee's birthday.

WSB-TV reported, in 2003, that "most blacks consider the rebel cross a painful symbol of oppression." Blacks constitute a majority of Democratic primary voters in the state of Georgia.

Mary Squires called Governor Perdue a racist, in 2003, for simply fulfilling his promise that the people should vote on the state flag. Compare that to DuBose Porter, who wanted to bring back the flag that featured a "painful symbol of oppression" and fly it over the state capitol.

One is left wondering if Mary Squires would tearfully call Porter a racist for his sponsorship of House Resolution 1442.

Inquiring minds want to know.