CRESPOGRAM REPORT
JUNE 19, 2015
BARRED FROM NUMEROUS GOVERNMENTAL COMPUTER NETWORKS FOR TELLING THE TRUTH
THE CONFEDERATE FLAG IN SOUTH CAROLINA

In July of 2000, as part of my long-term photojournalism project about protest in America that led to my book PROTEST IN THE LAND OF PLENTY, I traveled to Columbia, South Carolina to cover the protest by folks who opposed the efforts to remove the Confederate Flag from the flagpole atop the dome of the State Capital. 


There were upwards of 10,000 people who showed up, many dressed in various uniforms of the Confederate Army, and others in period costumes from the Civil War period. Many of them carried guns and even more of them carried flags.


That protest, and the continued debate over the Confederate Flag and it’s place today has once again been ignited by the senseless killings of the 8 folks in the historic Black church in Charleston.


A desire to hold on to one’s heritage through pageantry and dressing up in uniforms does not automatically make people into racists, but over the years I’ve spent enough time driving the backroads of South Carolina and other states in the Deep South to understand that the dynamics of race and class in the South are in many ways still deeply rooted in a pernicious racism that continues to be passed on from one generation to the next as evidenced by the acts of the murderer in Charleston.


Here are just a small collection of photos from that protest.

A PLACE WHERE TIME STANDS STILL

Alberta Martin was the Last Confederate Widow, and perhaps one day I’ll get off my butt and put together an e-book of the photos that I took of her lying in State at the Confederate White House in Montgomery, Alabama, and her funeral and procession to her grave befitting a leader of the Confederacy.


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