A bipartisan 265-164 vote of the US House of Representatives, eighty-four Republicans joined almost all the Democrats in proposing to ban the confederate flag from mass display in all Veterans Administration cemeteries. The bill, which still needs to pass the Senate, would allow small, individual flags on individual graves but would not allow confederate flags on flagpoles or large confederate flags displayed in those cemeteries. The small flags would be allowed on Memorial Day and Confederate Memorial Day only. See stories here, here, here, here, here, and here. If it becomes law, it would affect 134 National Cemeteries in 40 states and Puerto Rico, and 33 Soldiers’ lots and monument sites.
The Washington Post claims this is evidence the US is ending its relationship with the confederate flag. ” ‘Over 150 years ago, slavery was abolished,’ said Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) who proposed the amendment. ‘Why in the year 2016 are we still condoning displays of this hateful symbol on our sacred national cemeteries?’ ”
While 84 Republicans supported the measure, 159 voted against it, setting it up as a probable issue in this year’s election cycle. While the Senate remains a major hurdle for the bill, as the Post story tells us, the House is generally seen as being more reflective of the nation’s popular mood. If that’s the case, the Post may be correct in predicting the end of our nation’s affair with the white supremacist rag.