Sen. Taylor calls on Walker to clarify his position on racist confederate battle flag
Walker’s flexible position on racism includes signing a bill that makes it easier for public schools to depict offensive mascots.
(MADISON) – Today, State Senator Lena C. Taylor (D-Milwaukee) called on Governor Scott Walker to clarify his stance on southern states flying the confederate battle flag, a flag that was later embraced by the Ku Klux Klan.
In 2000, then State Representative Scott Walker voted for a resolution calling on South Carolina to “immediately stop flying the confederate flag in an official capacity.” The resolution later added Mississippi and Georgia to the list, a move Walker also supported. Yet, after nine people were murdered at a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina last week, Walker claimed placement of the flag on the capitol grounds was a “state issue.”
“This issue is pretty clear. Just like the swastika is offensive to Jewish people, the Confederate battle flag that represents slavery flies in the face of all that America stands for, and it should fly no more,” said Sen. Lena Taylor. “This is too important to deliver mixed messages about. Slavery is abhorrent and so is a flag that symbolizes slavery.”
After recently calling it a state issue, Walker later praised South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley on Twitter for her decision to remove the flag from that state’s Capitol building.
“This isn’t an issue just for South Carolina. Black people throughout America are offended by the Confederate battle flag,” said Taylor. “In case Governor Walker has forgotten, he represents a large Black population right here in his home state. Governor Scott Walker should have the integrity that Representative Scott Walker had on this issue, stop pandering to the far right and immediately call for the removal of the Confederate battle flag from all public buildings throughout America.”
Walker’s flexible position on racism includes signing a bill that makes it easier for public schools to depict offensive mascots. Walker even sent a letter to Wisconsin’s Native American tribes justifying the law as “free speech.”
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