Lexington, Va. Leaders Consider Limits On Confederate Flag | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Lexington, Va. Leaders Consider Limits On Confederate Flag

Play associated audio
Lexington, Va. leaders are considering banning the flying of the Confederate flag on city flagpoles.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/akasped/
Lexington, Va. leaders are considering banning the flying of the Confederate flag on city flagpoles.

Leaders in Lexington, Va. are considering limits on downtown flag-flying, including the Confederate flag, angering defenders of the divisive Southern symbol.

Lexington, the city where confederate leaders Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson were buried, may vote tonight on new rules about what flags can be flown on the city's downtown flagpoles.

They're considering limiting flags flown downtown to the U.S., Virginia, and Lexington flags.

Lexington's city manager says complaints convinced leaders that flying the Confederate flag in downtown may not be appropriate, since many view it as a defense of slavery.

He says the new rules would not prohibit individuals from flying the flag elsewhere in town.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans have organized a rally ahead of Thursday's public hearing and expected vote. The group is offering free hot dogs and music, and have distributed a flyer with a drawing of General Lee with a tear rolling down his cheek.

The head Virginia's ACLU, which has defended the right to fly the Confederate flag in Lexington in the past, says he is watching the situation in Lexington closely.

NPR

'American Crime' And 'The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' Highlight The TV Revolution

Tina Fey co-created the quirky comedy The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt for Netflix; John Ridley made the emotionally raw drama American Crime for ABC. TV critic David Bianculli says they're both good.
NPR

Dump The Lumps: The World Health Organization Says Eat Less Sugar

WHO says there's strong evidence that excessive sugar is bad for us. So it's recommending that we cut back significantly.
NPR

House Approves Amtrak Funding, Rewrites Rules To Allow Furry Riders

The bill freezes funding at current levels for four years, and lets some pets ride the rails with their owners. It also separates the high-ridership Northeast Corridor from the rest of the system.
WAMU 88.5

Transportation App Bridj Has Bus-Sized Ambitions For D.C.

It works similar to other ride-sharing apps, in that you establish a location and destination, and order a ride. But you'll be shown where to catch a Bridj bus, instead of getting a vehicle at your door.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.