Governor orders flags lowered for South Carolina shooting victim | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Governor orders flags lowered for South Carolina shooting victim

Posted By on Thu, Jun 25, 2015 at 8:29 PM

Statement tonight from Gov. Asa Hutchinson's office:

Governor Asa Hutchinson has issued a proclamation ordering the flag of the State of Arkansas to be flown at half-staff on June 26, 2015 to coincide with the funeral service of Reverend Clementa Pinckney and in memory of the other eight victims of the horrific acts of violence that occurred at the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina.

Well. That's nice. It's better than Hutchinson's equivocal remarks about the Confederate flag. You remember: He said that to some people it's a symbol. To others, "it's history." Indeed. A history of slavery and, in his own state, repeated support for slavery at the secession convention from people up to the governor. In 1861, Gov. Henry Rector said the issue was slavery, period. The rest was window dressing.

Hutchinson has the touch, apparently. A Bob Jones U. grad who came up at a place where interracial dating was banned and who refuses to flatly acknowledge the ill of Confederate flag symbolism, can get away with seeming "moderate" by lowering flags for a day for a black elected official slain by a racist who wrapped himself in a Confederate battle flag Hutchinson can't bring himself to consign to the refuse bin.

Will Hutchinson also defend the Robert E. Lee holiday? Do you really need to ask? Some people think it's a symbol. To others, it's merely "history."  That it was a product of a South-shall-rise-again culture is of no moment to the Republican base that Asa slavishly serves.


Tags:


Favorite

Comments (5)

Showing 1-5 of 5

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-5 of 5

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Is Arkansas in or out on Kobach voter data effort?

    The Washington Post has published a map that counts Arkansas as among states that will "partially comply" with a sweeping request for voter data by the so-called election integrity commission set up by Donald Trump in an effort to cast doubt on Hillary Clinton's 3 million-vote popular defeat of him in 2016.
    • Jul 2, 2017
  • Rep. Mary Bentley's website now supports gay rights

    Somebody has cybersquatted on Republican Rep. Mary Bentley's website, replacing her messaging with a call for equal rights for LGBTQ people.
    • Jul 18, 2017
  • Sarah Huckabee Sanders becomes White House press secretary

    Sarah Huckabee Sanders, daughter of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, is the new White House press secretary.
    • Jul 21, 2017

Slideshows

Most Recent Comments

 

© 2019 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation