CNN’s Cuomo asks if southern states should redesign Confederate-inspired state flags

While controversy continues over the Confederate flag outside of South Carolina’s capitol building, CNN’s Chris Cuomo decided to zero in on official state flags in the South that supposedly have “strong Confederate references,” asking his guest on Monday if the flags should be redesigned.

“Do all of these flags have to go?” Cuomo asked CNN contributor Bakari Sellers in reference to the state flags of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee.

Sellers said each flag “deserves its own separate consideration,” and that obvious Confederate imagery should not be flying above any state capitol.

“I don’t think there’s any doubt about what the flag in South Carolina stood for,” he said. “I don’t think there’s any doubt about what the flag in Mississippi stands for.”

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Cuomo’s segment seemed to echo an article that ran in the Washington Post on Sunday about Confederate imagery on state flags.

“With all the focus on South Carolina, it’s easy to forget that Confederate symbolism still adorns many official state flags in the South,” Christopher Ingraham wrote in the Post. “In other states, the references are subtler.”

Even the red St. Andrew’s Cross on Alabama’s flag was enough to be targeted by both Cuomo and the Post.

Ridding South Carolina’s capitol lawn of the Confederate flag might be a bipartisan issue, but redesigning the state flags of half a dozen Southern states for the sake of “political correctness” will likely see more resistance.

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Michael Schaus

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