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11 July 2013

DPG Chair Candidate Signed Bill to Fly 1956 Georgia Confederate Flag Over Capitol Twice a Year

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For forty-five years, a flag that featured the Confederate battle emblem prominently in its designed represented the state of Georgia.

The 1956 Georgia state flag (pictured right) was called a symbol of racism and hatred by black politicians, and they demanded a change in the official state banner.

"That 'X' has been in the face of people who have been at the end of a rope or in front of a burning cross," state Senator Ed Harbison said in 2003. "We know we have a history, but bringing that 'X' back was totally unacceptable to us" [Associated Press (25 April 2003). Georgia legislature approves new state flag. USA Today. Retrieved on 11 July 2013.].

The NAACP threatened economic boycotts if the 1956 Georgia state flag was not replaced; and in 2001, after intense lobbying from the organization, the state legislature changed Georgia's flag.

Three years later, DuBose Porter sponsored a bill to designate the 1956 Georgia flag, complete with its Confederate battle emblem, as the "Georgia Memorial Flag."

DuBose Porter is now a candidate for Georgia Democratic Party chairman.

Porter, who served in the state House from 1983 to 2010, put his name by House Resolution 1442. In addition to identifying the 1956 flag as the "Georgia Memorial Flag," H.R. 1442 also required the flag be flown over the state capitol building on Confederate Memorial Day and Robert E. Lee's birthday.

House Resolution 1442 never made it out of committee.

In Georgia, blacks make up a majority of Democratic primary voters. A 2005 Mason-Dixon poll conducted in said 71% of blacks in Georgia viewed the Confederate flag as a symbol of racism.

It's highly doubtful that blacks have changed their mind since then.