Anti-Defamation League Calls For Confederate Flag To Be Stripped From Alabama Highway Patrol Emblem

| by Maura Turcotte

The debate over the Confederate flag persists: The Anti-Defamation League now calls upon Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley to remove the Southern flag from the state trooper uniforms, reports Talking Points Memo.

The emblem of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency currently features the Confederate flag alongside the British Union Jack and two eagles. In a letter written by the ADL Southeast Regional Director Mark Moskowitz, the group demands that the governor issue an executive order to remove the controversial flag.

"Removing the Confederate flag from the Agency's emblem would convey a resounding message that your administration is sensitive to the concerns of the African American community and committed to the public safety of all," the letter states, according to Talking Points Memo.

The group sent the letter and subsequently filed a lawsuit in response to the "hate crime at Emanuel AME Church allegedly perpetrated by an individual who embraces the Confederate flag as a symbol of his white supremacist beliefs," Talking Points Memo reports.

The flag controversy also surfaced recently when President Obama visited Oklahoma to tour a federal prison. A group of Confederate flag supporters waved the banner as the president drove through the city of Durant. Speaking to station KFOR, the group believes that the message of the flag has been misinterpreted.

“We’re not gonna stand down from our heritage. You know, this flag’s not racist. And I know a lot of people think it is, but it’s really not,” Trey Johnson, a Texas resident who drove three hours just to join the protest, explained to KFOR. “It’s just a southern thing, that’s it.”

Another supporter, Stephanie, expressed a similar sentiment.

“I believe that it is a flag that should not come down. It is about history. It’s not about racism at all because both black men, as well as white men stood side by side. They fought together for the beliefs that they believed in. And this is our heritage,” she told KFOR.

Sources: Talking Points Memo, KFOR / Photo Source: Martin Swant/AP via Talking Points Memo