Confederate flag debuts the day Obama becomes presumptive nominee





They are two events linked mostly by a single, jarring coincidence.

On the same Tuesday that Barack Obama became the first African-American to win the Democratic nomination for president, local activists raised a Confederate flag the size of a semitrailer truck at the intersection of Interstates 75 and 4.

Some might suggest an indirect connection — that supporters of Confederate history, angry that their heritage has been overlooked in the rush to celebrate multicultural achievement, wanted an in-your-face way to grab the area's attention.

And they would be right.

"We've been marginalized and put off and ostracized for the last 20 years," said Marion Lambert, a Tampa member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. He said he didn't plan specifically to raise the flag on Obama's big day but doesn't mind the juxtaposition. "We're using this ultimate weapon we have been given by a society which ostracized it."

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Randll Reese Besch - 6/8/2008

These Southerons have won most of the elections and have gotten certain things for themselves. They just haven't gotten all that they want. A white, christian theocratic kind of racist country. That is still their dream.

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