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The Changing of the Georgia State Flag

UPDATED May 16, 2001
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New Georgia Flag 
2001 - ????

Prior Georgia Flag
1956 - 2001

Other Georgia Flags (based on information gathered from State of Georgia's Secretary of State


 

Pre 1879

1879-1906


1906-1920


1920 - 1956

First National Flag of the Confederacy
(notice similitarity with Georgia State Flags from 1879 to 1956?)

The CHANGING of a FLAG

Now that the dust has settled from the Battle of the Georgia Flag, what was obvious to many is becoming a reality.  To enlighten those not familiar with the events taking place prior to the change, the following is a brief summary.

The State of Georgia has on several occassions attempted to redesign the flag.  The latest true attempt in 1991 with the guidance of then Governor Zell Miller.  The state legislature had heated debates and killed efforts for the redesign.  Many of the legislative advocates were not re-elected to office.  Thus the issue had been quashed for fear of another voter retalliation.

In late 2000, black leaders in the Atlanta area threatened to boycott events, including the NCAA basketball tournament to be held in Atlanta until the Confederate stars and bars are removed from the state flag.  Some have estimated the lost revenue of this single event as $50 million.  The NCAA responded by querying different cities as to their ability to host the event.  This enlivened the business leaders into an active campaign to redesign the flag.

Shortly after the first of the year, Governor Barnes met behind closed doors with a few select business owners, blacks, and whites of the area.  Their purpose - to design a new State Flag.  Within a couple of weeks the proposed flag design was revealed to legislators and public alike.  For some unknown reason, state political leaders were not privy to the closed door meetings and witnessed the unveiling simultaneously with the public.  The governor declared the new design as a great compromise allowing all Georgians to unite and to put the flag issue behind them.   The strong arm tactics of the governor and reportedly political favors forced the State House of Representatives to debate, vote, and subsequently approve the flag within one week of the unveiling.  The House had hoped to force the Senate to vote later in the week, but due to details in state law, the vote was postponed until the following Tuesday.  After about 2 hours of debate, the Senate approved the new design 34 Yea to 22 Nay.

So what was obvious to many?  The methods used by the governor to expedite approval raised many questions.  First of all, why not use a systemmatic approach?  Determine if the voters should decide the issue in a state wide referendum.  If not, have the legislature vote on whether the flag should be redesigned.  If passed, the legislature would then establish a design committee to receive input from the voters of the state.  Provide a few designs that can be reviewed and then finalized based on public comment.  Could it be that the governor was afraid that the public did not want a redesign?  Could it be that governor had other ulterior motives?  Perhaps...

According to at least one state senator, numerous deals were being finalized prior to the vote.  Many promises for endorsing new legislation, aid to localities, and other such behind the door meetings had been taking place.  One instance of such a possibility has already surfaced.  According to a newspaper article, the state will have to fund approximately $250,000 for replacing the old flag at all government buildings, schools, and other related facilities.  The current flag manufacturer, The Flag Place, has been contracted to produce the official state flag until November 2001.  On the Monday prior to the flag vote, the flag manufacturer was notified by the state that his company could continue producing the flag if he submitted a letter stating that the company would maintain the same terms and conditions of his current contract.  Such letter was then forwarded to the state.  Two days after the company's initial contact with the state procurement manager and the morning following the flag redesign approval, the company was notified by the state procurement manager that the contract to produce the new flag will be opened up for bidding.  It will be interesting to see what company is awarded the new contract.  It will also be interesting to see how the state can justify voiding the contract with The Flag Place.

Another obvious issue was the black leadership's role in the redesign.  If the stars and bars were so revolting to them, why would they endorse the new design?  The stars and bars are still there, only much smaller.  However, the stars and bars remain.  Prior to the vote on the design, Martin Luther King, III stated that the new flag was a great start.  What did he mean by that?  Most true southerners knew exactly what he meant.   This is step one in a very calculated effort by the NAACP to rid the South of all references to the Old South.  Remember the South Carolina flag situation?  The stars and bars must be removed from atop the State Capital Building the black leaders demanded.  A compromise was reached allowing the flag to be raised adjacent to a Confederate Memorial.   But now there is a movement to remove the flag from the grounds of the Capital.  A similar scenerio has already occurred in Atlanta.  Shortly after the passage of the redesign of the flag, Martin Luther King, III stated in a television interview that he now hopes that someone will begin the campaign to remove the small stars and bars.

It is unfortunate that our state legislators have been duped.  Hopefully the voters of this great state will wake up and insure that our ancestors' sacrifices are not discarded.  Many streets have been stripped of their names, being replaced with black leaders' names.  Schools are being renamed; even some towns' names are being targeted.  Unite everyone before it is too late!!!
 

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