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Man unfurls Confederate flag at Ohio school board meeting

Published: Tue, July 16, 2013 @ 3:10 p.m.

SPRINGBORO, Ohio (AP) — A southwest Ohio man who unfurled a Confederate battle flag at a school board meeting says he was trying to make a point about history. Others say his move was offensive.

Sonny Thomas insists his message was misinterpreted, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported. He showed the flag at a recent Springboro board of education meeting in response to the board’s backing off an earlier plan to offer a constitutional class with a religious theme. He says the flag means heritage to many people in the South and that he meant to educate and inform.

“People automatically skewed it to being racist,” Thomas said.

The Rev. Damon Lynch Jr. of Cincinnati, a civil-rights leader, said Thomas’ use of the flag without considering its racial overtones shows his ignorance.

“The flag represents slavery, and he needs to inquire a little more into what the flag has meant,” Lynch said.

Kelly Kohls, president of the Springboro school board and a Warren County tea party leader, said she was surprised by Thomas’ actions and comments at the meeting last week.

“I didn’t get his message, if he had one in there,” she said, adding that the board couldn’t restrict public comments in meetings.


11970mach1(1005 comments)posted 9 months, 1 week ago

Nit wit.

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2gdog4766(1255 comments)posted 9 months, 1 week ago

The vindy seems to have deliberately left out that this guy is one of the top tea party leaders in Ohio. Not made up check the Internet. This scumbag tea party filth waved the flag around while shouting (LEARN YOUR HERITAGE)! Funny a defeated battle flag belonging to an enemy of our nation is supposed to teach us something about our heritage. The tea party is just a front for the KKK.

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3Sparky(152 comments)posted 9 months, 1 week ago

He's a precinct chairmen in Springboro, Ohio which has a population of 17,000 people so it highly unlikely he's a top tea party leader in Ohio.

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4bumbob(123 comments)posted 9 months, 1 week ago

It's often a sad affair when the oblivious attempt to "educate" others.

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5kurtw(770 comments)posted 9 months, 1 week ago

So what if he belonged to the Tea Party. Every Political Movement has it's share of marginal people (mentally impaired or deranged). I wish I had a Buck for every member of the Democratic (sic) Party that belonged to the Klan. I would be a Rich Man!

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6kurtw(770 comments)posted 9 months, 1 week ago

Also, I'd like to know how many Southern Democrats during Jim Crow (a program they started) participated in the Lynching of Black People. And yet, Blacks vote overwhelmingly for the Party that persecuted them all those years. What is that all about?

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7gdog4766(1255 comments)posted 9 months, 1 week ago

Sparky, I checked several reports on this scumbag and some say he is a top leader and others do say just in his area so I am not sure now. But anybody who defends the tea party is just as big a scumbag as they are. After WWII the KKK tried to come off as a political party, it didn't work then it won't work now. And it's nice of Kurtw to point out that over 150 years how the dems evolvedfrom a racist party to what they are today. And how the republicans have regressed into the racist, middle class hating, false patriots they are today.

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8kurtw(770 comments)posted 9 months, 1 week ago

The Dems haven't changed- they're still racists. And the Republicans haven't changed either- they're still the Pro-business, Progressive Party they always were.

Republicans support Free Enterprise (for everybody who can do the job) and that benefits us all.

The Steel Industry in the Mahoning Valley- and the Industry we now have- was largely started by Entrepreneurs who were Republicans.

Also, Southern Blacks (were they were routinely tormented and occasionally Lynched by Southern Democrats) flocked North to work in places like Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Youngstown in industries run by Republican Entrepreneurs who treated them equally- only qualification was: Could They Do the Job. And, Guess what, in all those places who opposed the newcomers as threats- the Organized Democrats.

So, not much has changed, the Wolf is wearing Sheep's Clothing- that's all.

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