Confederate Memorial Day NOT noted by Hillsborough County Commmission

04/18/07 Mitch E. Perry
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The Hillsborough County Commission was chastised today by a citizen unhappy that the Board decided NOT to acknowledge Confederate Memorial Day, which will take place next week.


On a 4-3 vote, the Board opted NOT to sign a proclamation which would would have been presented at the beginning of the County’s Bi-Weekly meeting this morning.


Tampa resident Marion Lambert, who referred to himself as from the ‘ Southern Heritage Community ‘ called out the 4 Commissioners who opted not to recognize the divisive proclamation, saying they ougta to be ashamed for doing so(roll tape#1 o.q.”Kevin, Kevin White”)


Lambert was referring to Commissioner Kevin White, one of the 4 votes against recognizing Confederate Flag, who took over Thomas Scott’s District 5 seat last Fall.  Both are African –Americans.


The County Commission angered parts of the black community in Hillsborough County back in January, when they issued a proclamation recognizing the bicentennial birthday of Confederate General Robert E. Lee – on the same day they honored a black community activist Jim Hammond.


That act led to this scolding at the January 18th meeting by 1 angry citizen (roll tape#2 o.q.”what you did”)


Joining White this week in opposing the proclamation were fellow Commissioners Rose Ferlita, Al Higginbotham, and Mark Sharpe. 


This is the first time the Board has used a new policy to reject a proclamation request.  That policy was enacted in part because of the controversy back in January.


For many African-Americans, the Confederate flag is a painful reminder of the country’s racist past.  But for Marion Lambert, the Commissioners move was devisive and hurtful, (roll tape#2 o.q.”these commissioners “)


Earlier this year, The Sons of Confederate Veterans announced that they had collected 30,000 signatures from citizens , and raised over $60,000 to immortalize the Confederate Flag on A Florida speciality license plate.  It is not clear at this time if any legislator has sponsored such a proposal.



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