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US George Floyd's uncle pushes to strip Confederate flag from police logo in Gettysburg, S.D.

22:35  30 june  2020
22:35  30 june  2020 Source:   startribune.com

Confederate flag emblem removed in South Dakota community

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George Floyd ' s uncle lived in Rapid City for 20 years before moving to Gettysburg in central South Dakota three years ago and becoming a business Lynn Hart, a black man and Native American, said he’ s offended to see the Confederate flag on the police department’ s logo in Gettysburg .

An uncle of George Floyd has called on his local police force in South Dakota to remove the Confederate flag from their logo , in light of a nationwide reckoning following the killing of his nephew by Minnesota police . Selwyn Jones, 54, owns a motel in the town of Gettysburg - named after the

Azar Lawrence et al. looking at a cell phone: George Floyd uncle Selwyn Jones of Gettysburg, S.D., and his aunt Angela Harrelson of Minneapolis spoke to the media outside of the Hennepin County Public Safety Facility on Monday morning in Minneapolis. © Star Tribune/Star Tribune/Jerry Holt/Star Tribune/TNS George Floyd uncle Selwyn Jones of Gettysburg, S.D., and his aunt Angela Harrelson of Minneapolis spoke to the media outside of the Hennepin County Public Safety Facility on Monday morning in Minneapolis.

A relative of George Floyd said now is the time for police in his little South Dakota town of Gettysburg to remove an image from their logo that he feels belongs on the trash heap of history — the Confederate flag.

Selwyn Jones, as one of a handful of black residents in the prairie town named for the most famous battle of the Civil War, promises to make his voice heard when the City Council on Monday takes up the fate of the logo bearing the signature symbol that Southern troops flew in their mission to preserve slavery.

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A South Dakota town where an uncle of George Floyd lives is seeing renewed calls to change its police logo that features a U. S . flag alongside a Confederate flag . Floyd ’ s uncle Selwyn Jones told the Rapid City Journal that he would like his hometown of Gettysburg , named after the Civil War

Jones, whose late sister is Floyd’s mother, made his vow Monday as he drove back to South Dakota from Minneapolis, where he sat in the hearing for the four fired Minneapolis police officers charged in Floyd’s May 25 death.

“ ‘Bill, we really have the Confederate flag on our police uniforms?’ ” Jones recalled saying three weeks ago in a phone call to Mayor William Wuttke on the same day he attended his nephew’s funeral in Houston. “ ‘Man, that’s got to go.’ ”

Jones said the mayor responded with, “ ‘We’ll see about it.’ ... That’s what a white guy in control and power says. We’ll see about it ... Whatever.”

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Watch: Activist burns Confederate /Nazi flag in Gettysburg . Hanover Evening Sun. In the wake of George Floyd ’ s murder at the hands of a brutal white police officer and his complicit fellow But in Gettysburg , where the tide of the Civil War changed and the American moral high ground of abolition

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On Tuesday, Wuttke told the Star Tribune that the Police Department is “working on something different,” but it’s happening against his wishes, the will of most everyone in his town of roughly 1,200 and is being pushed by outside forces.

“We’re not wanting the liberals and the press telling us we have to change it,” Wuttke said. “People here do not feel it’s racism.

“It’s so ridiculous; 99% of the people don’t have any idea [that the Confederate flag is on the insignia]. It’s just something that’s there. I’ve had more local people in favor of it than against it.”

Two days after speaking with the mayor, the 54-year-old Jones wrote a message on Facebook to the community, where he and his wife are raising two children and where he runs a motel, expressing confidence that the insignia will be changed by the two-person police force.

“I know my neighbors will listen in order to understand the history of hurt that African-Americans and other people of color have experienced,” wrote Jones, who moved to Gettysburg three years ago. “I am also sure that the flag issue in Gettysburg will be resolved because the killing of my nephew George Floyd is offensive to all lovers of freedom.”

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The insignia as currently designed has been on the police vehicle, uniforms and elsewhere on department property since 2009. It is comprised of an American flag on the left and an equally sized Confederate flag on the right, with a cannon below where the flags’ poles cross.

Wuttke, who’s been involved in local politics for more than 20 years, said the council was presented two redesign options by the police chief at the time, Gayle Kludt.

Quite simply, Wuttke said, “She was asked which one you like, and she chose that one.”

This 21st century battle of Gettysburg in the town about 350 miles straight west of Minneapolis comes as disputes across the country flare up over the display of the Confederate flag and monuments named for prominent figures in American history who supported slavery, pushed Native Americans off their land or espoused racist viewpoints.

Police Chief Dave Mogard could not be reached for comment, but at a special council session called on June 12, Mogard said a redesign is needed to the patch he has worn on his uniform since took over the department in 2018.

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“I am not against the current patch, but I am not for the current patch,” Mogard said. “My opinion is this: Would you put the Confederate flag on your business or your home? If you are not willing to put the Confederate flag on your business or your home, then why is it being forced upon our agency?

“I feel that we can do much better by making it a patch based off the entire United States. Whether it be a South Dakota flag and an American flag, or something of that nature, I would like to see us all work together to get something figured out that is for the good of everyone.”

After the meeting that night, Mogard started the transition process on his own, albeit in a small way.

Television reporter Ryan Martin, on assignment for DakotaNewsNow.com, said Mogard told him outside the police station, “ ‘Well, what I’m going to do is remove the [emblem] sticker from our door.’ ”

Martin said he was working on his laptop in preparation for a live report, and “when I looked up, it was off the door.”

In 2015, city leaders were resolute in their defense of the insignia five years ago amid debate over the Confederate flag after the deadly shooting in South Carolina at a historically black church by a racist infatuated with the Civil War South.

“This patch has no racist intentions,” a posting by the city on its Facebook page read at the time. “It is meant to be another way that we, as a city, represent our heritage. ... The Chief of Police, Bill Wainman, the Mayor, Bill Wuttke, and the City Council have no intentions of changing the police patch.”

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The insignia’s designer, Scott Barksdale, backed up the city’s argument and explained the crossed Confederate and American flags are meant to show how Civil War survivors came together in South Dakota and “put the past behind them.”

The Gettysburg on the prairie was settled in 1883 by veterans on both sides of the War Between the States among others and named for the battle “to honor their fallen comrades and to acknowledge those men who had survived,” according to the city’s website.

The historical rationale behind the insignia’s design isn’t flying with a newfound friend of Selwyn Jones, 19-year-old South Dakotan Caitlin Kroemer. She has collected more than 4,000 signatures on change.org in the campaign to rid the Confederate flag from the police emblem.

“South Dakota did not exist until 24 years AFTER the Civil War,” her petition points out. “The confederacy was a blatantly racist organization that is not a fundamental part of our state’s history. ... This heritage is not ours, it has no place here.”

Kroemer, a political science and journalism major at the University of South Dakota, said she and Jones have been in touch about how to approach the council next week, and “he’s encouraged me to keep going.”

With the cause of justice for his nephew as inspiration to take up the fight for the Confederate flag’s demise in his city next week, Jones said, “Let’s lock it in. ... We have no other choice.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Paul Walsh • 612-673-4482

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Mississippi gov. signs bill removing Confederate emblem from flag .
The flag was the last in the country to display the emblem.Mississippi's legislature voted on Sunday to remove the flag, which was the last in the country to display the battle emblem. The bill passed 91-23 in the House and 37-14 in the Senate.

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