Skip to comments.Confederate flag supporters declare truce, for now, over policies of South Carolina utility
Posted on 08/25/2002 7:56:45 PM PDT by stainlessbanner
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Leaders of the Sons of Confederate Veterans backed off plans for a campaign against the state's largest utility Friday, saying they are satisfied for now with the company's rebel flag policies.
"I am guardedly optimistic about our future relations with big business in South Carolina," said Don Gordon, a local leader of the group, said during a news conference outside the downtown headquarters of Scana Corp.
A newspaper report last week said Scana, parent company of South Carolina Electric & Gas, had prohibited employees from parking cars with Confederate emblems on company property. It also reportedly barred them from driving company vehicles to the barbecue restaurants owned by outspoken flag supporter Maurice Bessinger.
Scana later clarified its position, saying employees could display Confederate symbols, including bumper stickers and license plates on their personal property. The company said it would address displays "on a case-by-case" basis if there is an "intent to harass, intimidate or provoke other individuals or groups in the workplace."
Gordon said that given the company's latest stance, SCV would pull back on plans for a concerted protest. The campaign, he said, "at this time does not seem to be required."
SCV officials were unable to withdraw a previously purchased ad announcing the campaign that is to appear Saturday in Columbia's The State newspaper.
A Scana spokesman said Friday afternoon the company had no comment on the news conference.
Earlier this year, eight black employees sued SCE&G claiming racial discrimination in promotions and said the company ignored racial insults by white workers.
After reports about the Confederate symbol ban, Scana found itself in a battle with flag supporters, including state Senate President Pro Tem Glenn McConnell, R-Charleston.
Scana Chief Executive Bill Timmerman wrote to McConnell saying there never was a written policy on Confederate emblems.
Bessinger, who attended Friday's news conference, said he likely will discuss that issue with Scana officials himself in the near future.
In the meantime, he said he would offer free lunches to SCE&G employees who show up at his restaurants in company cars. He also offered half-price meals to SCE&G employees who showed their company ID.
One flag supporter at the news conference Wednesday said he is a Scana shareholder and doesn't like the policies of the Fortune 500 company.
"We're not really happy with the actions they've taken up here," said Rob Honeycutt. "They need to stick to the power business and stay out of local stuff like this. Get off Maurice's back, too."
Translation: "Looking for a better time to stick in the knife."
it's called PAYBACK!
free SC & dixie NOW,sw
Whereas the Republican party of the 1860's gave us the screwing of our freedoms, the Democratic party of the 1990's/2000's has taken their place. I would sooner vote Republican than to ever vote Democrat because the damn DemocRATs are nothing but Socialists, leftist Commies masquerading under the guise of being about "liberty", and caring about America. They are the ones who want an elitist group running our lives. They want bigger government, and more control. They are the ones who initiated the Civil Rights crap of the 1960's! They are the ones who over the last decade launched several attacks trying to gut the 2nd Amendment (our most important Amendment), and they are still attempting to do so.
No sir, I will NOT vote for a damn DemocRAT!!!!
I understand those folks in Texas are getting set up to have their *UN Blue Helmet Taerget Shoot* on UN day. Might make a nice touch if a similar event was put on in the Carolinas...indeed, in ALL the former Southron states....
[Joe, I swiped your pic!]