Confederate heritage organizations weigh in on Crestview's flag issue

Published: Friday, September 27, 2013 at 02:34 PM.

Smith said “hate groups” that “twist and misrepresent” the flag's meaning pain his organization.

Sabu Williams, speaking as president of the NAACP’s Okaloosa County chapter, said he had been among delegates raising concerns over the flag 11 years ago.

"The issues haven't changed. Feelings haven't changed. People still feel very offended by the flag," Williams said.

"It's so offensive to me because it's a battle flag. It represents Americans going into battle to kill other Americans."

Community activist Mae Reatha Coleman raised the issue during the Sept. 9 city council meeting when she said she wants the flag to come down because it divides the community.

Council president Robyn Helt said the issue will be officially raised during a future council meeting when city staff have prepared a report on the memorial and ownership of the property it stands on.

Contact News Bulletin Staff Writer Brian Hughes at 850-682-6524 or Follow him on Twitter @cnbBrian.

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