The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 19, 2001 · Page 4
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M THURSDAY. APRIL 19, 2001 NATION THE SALINA JOURNAL T CONFEDERATE FLAG Flag divides Mississippians Confederate banner to remain, but there's no end to controversy By EMILY WAGSTER The Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. —The ban. ner that led Confederate troops into battle will remain on Mississippi's flag, now that voters turned aside complaints the symbol is racist and an obstacle to economic development. State NAACP President Eugene Bryant said Wednesday he plans to meet with national and regional leaders of the civil rights group to decide whether it will lead to an economic boycott of the state. "That flag has never been my flag nor will it ever be my flag nor the flag of black people in the state of Mississippi who really understand the reason behind the Confederate flag and all of its history," Bryant said. By nearly a 2-to-l margin, Mississippi voters decided Tuesday to keep their current state flag, defeating an alternative that would have replaced the Confederate emblem in the upper left corner with a cluster of 20 stars. Mississippi is the last state to prominently display the emblem on its flag. With all precincts reporting, 488,630 voters, or 65 percent, favored keeping the 1894 flag. While 267,812 voters, or 35 percent, wanted to replace it. "What people have to understand is that Mississippians resent the heck out of the constant drumming on the part of the media and others, day after day, that something's wrong with you if you support the old flag," said Kirk Fordice, who served two terms in the 1990s as the state's first Republican governor since Reconstruction. "You have to change hearts, not the flag, if you want racial reconciliation." Counselor faces 30-year term By The Associated Press NEW YORK — A man who ran a drug gang even while counseling troubled youngsters was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years in prison. Irving Mason, 32, was convicted last year of racketeering and conspiracy for heading the 148th Street Organization, a Harlem drug gang. Mason was a.supervisor at Children's Village, a home for emotionally troubled boys. Rickie Daniels, a director at the home, described Mason as a model employee who regularly cared for 17 children and "tried to teach them right from wrong." "(Mason) has a great deal to contribute to the world and especially to children." The Keyboard Carriage Has Arrived! One lime Only Yamaha Clavinova Truckload Sale! tt^; $1,595 ^ ^^vs_-^ 825-6273 / South St. & Clark, Salina / 1-800-875-6273 Isis SHRINE TEMPLE PRESENTS: Circus Maximus, Inc. The Associated Press William Earl Faggert, a state Sons of Confederate Veterans leader, addresses members of the organization Wednesday and thanks voters for their overwhelming support of the 1894 state flag. Opponents continued their criticism of the Confederate symbol. "The flag — outside of a symbol of racism — is an advertisement," said Tony Gaylor, an attorney who was one of about a dozen people at Hal and Mai's Restaurant in Jackson for a post-election gathering. "As long as the state continues to advertise itself as racist, it will be seen as racist. "We can only hope that one day the state of Mississippi will be dragged into the 21st century, into progress." Gov. Ronnie Musgrove, who supported changing the flag, issued a statement saying: "It's important that we accept the majority vote and move forward with the business of bringing new jobs and better opportunities to all Mississippians." 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