Skip to comments.Motel's choice of flag upsetting to some
Posted on 12/01/2008 11:13:21 AM PST by fella
Motel's choice of flag upsetting to some
by Kyle Mooty Madison County Record Editor
The owners of a Huntsville motel insist their decision to replace the United States flag with a Confederate flag following Barack Obama's victory last week in the Presidential election had nothing to do with race.
In a written statement to The Record, the owners of the Faubus Motel did say that the reason for the change in flags was politically driven.
The motel is not associated with its former owner, Alta Faubus, who sold the motel in the 1980's. It has been owned by James and Linda Vandiver since 1996.
Ellen Kreth and Fara Faubus, Alta Faubus' grandchildren and owners of The Madison County Record, stated that they have no association with the Faubus Motel and do not agree with the Vandivers' political views or the flying of the Confederate flag at the motel.
A Fayetteville television station reported the motel's choice of flags following Obama's victory. The station inserted interviews from Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former Secretary of State Colin Powell into the story, talking about the historical significance of Obama being elected.
Some neighbors of the motel have complained to The Record and to the TV station of what the flag symbolizes.
James Vandiver said he had flown the flag before and that he had not heard any negative comments, then said he would only respond to questions in a written statement. The Vandivers issued the following statement to The Record on Tuesday morning:
"On election night, we lowered Old Glory from our flag pole because we are no longer the land of the free and the home of the brave (except for our military)," the letter stated. "The sound principals for which Old Glory stood have been abandoned. We raised the rebel flag of the Old South in protest. Since political correctness forces people into a limited frame of reference, we wish to say this loud and clear, this was not about race. We resent having a Marxist in the White House no matter color he is. If Mr. Obama had tried to enter the White House as an ordinary citizen, he would not qualify for a security clearance because of his past associations. We decided if Obama can refuse to properly salute the flag and his buddy, Bill Ayers, could stand on the American flag in a trash-filled alley, then we could take Old Glory down in honor and respect.
"We are angry with a biased, agenda-driven media. We are angry that for the past eight years President Bush and the Republican Party have been blamed by the Democrats and their cohorts in the media for the incomplete and irresponsible way that the group A.C.O.R.N. let down potential voters in the state of Florida in 2000. A.C.O.R.N. has used our tax dollars to carry out, contrary to the law, a partisan "get out the vote" effort of scandalous proportions. The other arm of this nefarious organization bullies and harasses banks and lending institutions to make the risky loans that have jeopardized our nation's financial security. We are outraged that the Democrats, who portray themselves as the great defenders of the night to vote, did not feel compelled to ensure the rights of our military to be guaranteed their full privileges during the election.
"Old Glory is still displayed on our American owned and operated sign. So far, the response from our clientele has been supportive and positive."
Huntsville Mayor Larry Bates had not heard of the motel's choice in flags until Monday.
"I don't have any comment other than to each his own," Bates said. "I wouldn't tell Jim not to do it. It's strictly up to him. It's on his property. The city won't be flying (a Confederate flag)." The motel, located next to Pizza Hut, has a standing sign in front of its offices that reads "American Owned and Operated."
Jessie Bryant, an African-American from Fayetteville who is ending a 14-year run as a member of the Washington County Quorum Court, grew up through the segregation era. Bryant, born in 1926, was asked about her reaction to the Confederate flag being flown at the Huntsville motel.
"It's just his way of expressing his dislike for what happened. If that's his way of protesting what happened, he has the right," Bryant said. "He has the privilege of changing the flag. It's his way of expressing how he feels. It's obviously a dilemma with him. He feels a little bit of his heritage has been taken away, which is not true at all. In America, he still has the same privileges of anybody else. There is nothing we can say or do about it."
Bryant's son, Arkansas State Trooper Louis Bryant, was killed by Wayne Snell during a traffic stop in 1984 on U.S. Highway 71 between De Queen and Texarkana. That stretch of highway is now known as the Trooper Louis Bryant Highway.
Don't forget that Zero himself refused to salute the Stars and Stripes or wear a lapel pin.
The Confederate flag should come down. That flag and what it stood for resulted in 618,000 soldier deaths and thousands more injured by hideous wounds and losses of limbs. Few today fully appreciate that the second worst thing that can happen is to have a war fought in your native land.
Confederate flag is also Southern Heritage and is nothing about race! I wear a small confederate flag on a neck chain when I am assured it will be appreciated in the RIGHT company.
ok so they are upset about the rebel flag and they do not understand history then.
ever since the supposed reconstruction southerners have been told not to fly their flag.
over am couple of hundred thousand have died for that flag,.
The NAACP are just too thick to understand the flag and have to make it a race issue but they forgot the biggest race riot was not in the south, it was not the south or the rebel flag which flew over slave ships and it was not that flag what went west to take lands away from certain people and kill them ..
I fly the flag on my car and at my house outside and I hope others will and it is not because of obama winning but I know I never want my children joining the military under obama, ever .
People have died for it and the least I can do is put up with a few ignorant dumb arse comments though I have yet to hear one here in north Florida
The VanDivers were able to get out information on ACORN, Obamas marxist ideas, etc. through a mainstream media vehicle.
More power to them.
Yep, and if it took flying that flag to get people’s attention as to what is happening in this country, that’s fine with me.
I’d bet that if Thomas Sowell was elected POTUS, they’d have no problem with that.
I don't normally point our an error; however, here I must.
“sound principals” above must read “sound principles.”
The real question is will the owners have the right to fly this flag come December of 2009?
I fly mine now and it was before obama, there is one on my car too and if some ignorant no history educated northern liberal feels insulted then I am insulted about their lack of history and they can go back up north .
I will gladly pay for their gas too to help them go back up north from Fl
The statement from the owners make it clear that they have a good idea of what it represents and are fully aware of the significance of their action.
You don’t do something like this unless you actually stand behind the action and are ready for the repercussions.
His property, he can do what he wants.
That flag and what it stood for resulted in 618,000 soldier deaths and thousands more injured by hideous wounds and losses of limbs. Few today fully appreciate that the second worst thing that can happen is to have a war fought in your native land.
It takes two to tango. Someone had to fight the CSA. Whom was that and what flag was it? Obviously that one should come on down too.
fly the battle flag and northern liberals and the NAACP show their ignorance , have a stars and bars they have no idea what the flag is
one rich rich stinking liberal no knowledge of history rich guy once asked me in new york what the flag sticker was on my car, so I told him it was an historical flag, he replies he looks good.
LOL the funny thing is that he had no idea
here here and I fly it with pride
Anyone who is offended by it can bite me. I'm offended by their ignorance and stupidity and the fact that they have turned the USA into a socialist nation.
I am a member of the Society of the Descendants of the Signers of the Constitution, and thank you for your feistiness, sir.
If you like senic drives the ride up "The Pigtrail" from Ozark to Eureka Sprigs is real nice and goes right past the Faubus in Huntsville. Governor Faubus was the one who stood the door of the Little Rock Highschool a few decades ago.
should not come down ever and mine will not.
first I do not know what you mean what it stood for but if you know history then you would know it was over tax’s and not the liberal northern dumb uneducated view point of slavery.
Even Lincoln made that very clear.
as for war in this country the there was more than one, remember the Apache, Cherokee, infact the 6 nations for the confederacy, Sioux, lakota etc etc.
that was not the battle flag
plus the battle flag was flown to distinguish the two sides in battle, it was not used at first nor was it even made up at that time.
I wished they taught more history , proper historical history in schools.
I had a child who went to school in Boston for a couple of years not too long ago and I was disgusted by the lack of knowledge of people in the north over the war between the states
The people who complain about the flag show themselves up over the issue, as one bumper sticker said in the south I saw,
if you are insulted by my flag then I am insulted by your lack of history
when I say about history being taught in schools or lack of . most people in this country think it was revere who warned people the red coats were coming, most people think it was a massacre in Boston, etc etc.
how many times up north do they ever teach about the supposed reconstruction and how some whites were not allowed to vote for 10 years but blacks were, southerners were killed for singing dixie and flying their flag meanwhile they had lands taken away
, women and girls raped, men killed, farms robbed etc etc
so sad that teachers or most anyway are just too PC
When NASCAR would come to town there would be a sea of rebel flags and then something happened.
I’ll try to get a photo of it. I need to remember to grab a digital camera.
To Southerners, the Confederate flag represents states’ rights. The fact that the right of secession was denied to the South will insure that there is no right of secession to anyone for any reason anytime, anyplace, anywhere, EVER. - The true reason for the Civil War was $$$$$$$$$$$$, not for the now touted “slavery” as the real reason. (Lincoln only freed the slaves in the South, not the North in the Emancipation Proclamation.)
uneducated northern liberal
there changed it to read what I meant.
what dale JR won?
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