Man seen holding Confederate flag inside U.S. Capitol during riot arrested
Two Delaware men, one of whom was seen in a viral photograph holding a Confederate flag inside the U.S. Capitol during last week's riot, have been arrested on federal charges, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia. Kevin Seefried, whom WDEL reports is the elder Seefried, was photographed a short time later with the Confederate flag, according to the U.S. Attorney's office. According to court documents, Kevin Seefried said he brought the flag from his home in Delaware, where it is usually displayed outside. Mike Theiler / REUTERSWDEL reports Kevin Seefried, of Laurel, is expected to appear at a virtual court appearance Thursday. Federal authorities are investigating more than 170 people — more than 30 of whom now face federal charges — in the January 6 Capitol assault that left five dead.cbsnews.com
Descendant of Robert E. Lee says Confederate flag at the Capitol was "attack on our democracy"
Descendant of Robert E. Lee says Confederate flag at the Capitol was "attack on our democracy" When violent rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6, many could be seen carrying the Confederate flag. Reverend Robert W. Lee IV, the great-great-great-nephew of Confederate general Robert E. Lee, joins CBSN to discuss the flag's legacy, and condemned those who carried it during the deadly Capitol assault.cbsnews.com
‘Step in the right direction’: Bedford schools officially ban Confederate imagery
BEDFORD, Va. – When the Bedford County School Board decided Thursday to no longer allow the Confederate flag on school property, Bedford NAACP President Robert Carson called it a step in the right direction. Carson believes the flag is intertwined with segregation and intimidation, which he says he experienced growing up in Bedford. “It brings up a lot of memories.”Those feelings of discomfort became a reason why school board members approved the ban, four votes to two. The conversations concerning Confederate imagery in Bedford County kickstarted last year, when a picture featuring Jefferson Forest High School students holding Confederate flags spread through social media and among parents. “I don’t think they understood.
Signs of the South or symbols of oppression? Debate over Confederate flags, monuments intensifies
ROCKY MOUNT, Va. – The Confederate flag is light enough to fly freely in the Virginia breeze, but it carries a heavy emotional weight for some. Virginia Tech professor Dr. Wornie Reed believes Floyd’s death spurred people to remove symbols seen as dehumanizing black people, such as the Confederate flag. Marlin Friel moved to Rocky Mount from New York 30 years ago, and said she always equated the Confederate flag with Southern pride. That’s all it is.”A Confederate monument stands outside of the Franklin County Courthouse in Rocky Mount, Virginia. “The main symbol of the Southern resistance to blacks being a part of this society is the Confederate battle flag," Reed said.
NASCAR bans Confederate flag, saying it ‘runs contrary’ to its industry
CHARLOTTE – NASCAR has banned the Confederate flag from all its events and properties. The organization tweeted out its announcement on Wednesday afternoon, ahead of Martinsville’s night race. Here’s the full statement from NASCAR:The presence of the confederate flag at NASCAR events runs contrary to our commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all fans, our competitors and our industry. Bringing people together around a love for racing and the community that it creates is what makes our fans and sport special. The display of the confederate flag will be prohibited from all NASCAR events and properties NASCARBubba Wallace, the sport’s lone black driver, announced on Sunday that he wanted Confederate flags banned at NASCAR events.
Franklin County Public Schools ban Confederate flag from dress code
FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. The Franklin County School Board banned the Confederate flag in the districts dress code in the midst of a renewed Black Lives Matter movement across the country. The ban passed during a virtual school board meeting on Monday night. Blue added that, to her, the Confederate flag represents hate. County residents like John Glasgow and Shirley Lester said the Confederate flag is part of history and banning it wont erase the past. "That we can all come together in Franklin County and really make Franklin County a wonderful place for everyone to live.
Roanoke Rescue Mission raises white flag as temps drops
ROANOKE, Va. – Pass the Roanoke Rescue Mission and you may see the white flag waving. The flag goes go up when it’s 42 degrees and dry or 48 degrees and wet. The shelter encourages people who need to get out of the weather to use the shelter. Whether it’s case management, addiction services and anything like that,” said Kevin Berry, the community outreach with Roanoke Rescue Mission. Even if the shelter is at full capacity workers there are prepared with additional mattresses to accommodate as many people as possible.
Woman takes down Confederate flag at South Carolina Statehouse
For a short time, the Confederate battle flag didn't fly on the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse after Bree Newsome climbed the flagpole and took it down. She was subsequently arrested. The flag can only be removed by a two-thirds vote in the legislature.cbsnews.com
What does the Confederate flag represent in pop culture?
The Charleston shooting has sparked an intense debate over the Confederate flag, and pop culture is taking note. USC marketing professor Jeetendr Sehdev joins CBSN's Elaine Quijano and Contessa Brewer to talk about the flag's removal from the "General Lee" car from TV's "Dukes of Hazzard."cbsnews.com