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July 02, 2020

Thompson Demands U.S. Coast Guard Ban Confederate Flag

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to Admiral Karl Schultz, Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, demanding the Coast Guard prohibit public displays of the Confederate Battle Flag at all Coast Guard installations, cutters, boats, aircraft, and government-owned housing. The U.S. Navy and the Marine Corps have already decided to prohibit displays of the flag from all of their military facilities

Chairman Thompson writes: “The Confederate battle flag is a symbol of hate, bigotry, and division—plain and simple. A Service truly committed to recruiting and retaining African Americans and fostering a culture of justice and equity simply cannot continue to allow the display of such a symbol. That is why I urge you to immediately prohibit the public display of this flag within the Coast Guard.”

Link to letter

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