FREEDOM’S GATE: Will removing the Confederate flag change GOP message

Will republicans push to recognize the Confederate flag as a symbol of black oppression change how the GOP appears to black voters


WASHINGTON, June 23, 2015 – Was the Confederate flag at the core of Dylann Roof’s motivation for shooting and killing nine black worshippers?

In response to the shooting deaths at the Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and Sens. Tim Scott and Lindsey Graham (Republican one and all) have demanded that the Confederate flag at the state Capitol complex be removed.

Many public officials in the state as well as across the nation have indicated that the Rebel flag represents a relic of the past that should be placed in a museum. Others have tied it to the words of the white 21-year-old, who, according to CNN, said he shot “the black worshippers in hopes of sparking a race war.”

Gov. Haley: The right side of history – Confederate flag must go

Liberals have pounded the media airwaves with denunciations of gun violence and increased calls for gun control. Is this truly an issue over a flag or gun control, or is the tragedy being used as political fuel by President Obama, who could not get his way on gun control? Are liberals going to attack presidential candidates Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Rick Santorum for accepting thousands of campaign dollars from the racist white separatist group, Council of Conservative Citizens (CofCC)?

Roof has allegedly credited the CofCC with helping to radicalize him against black people before the murders, according to the Guardian Should the GOP and the Republican presidential candidates react with a message that heals the racial divide created by Obama and professional race baiters and race haters like Roof?

Join host Kevin Fobbs and Linda Lee Tarver, a Michigan Civil Rights Commissioner, organizational psychologist and director of Community Affairs & Election Integrity Liaison for the Office of Michigan Secretary of State as they discuss whether taking down the Confederate flag will result in an end to a century and a half plus symbol of segregation and bring about one America.

Find out on the next Standing at Freedom’s Gate podcast live every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. on Communities Digital News. This broadcast no available on demand.

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Kevin Fobbs
Kevin Fobbs began writing professionally in 1975. He has been published in the "New York Times," and has written for the "Detroit News," "Michigan Chronicle," “GOPUSA,” "Soul Source" and "Writers Digest" magazines as well as the Ann Arbor and Cleveland "Examiner," "Free Patriot," "Conservatives4 Palin" and "Positively Republican." The former daily host of The Kevin Fobbs Show on conservative News Talk WDTK - 1400 AM in Detroit, he is also a published author. His Christian children’s book, “Is There a Lion in My Kitchen,” hit bookstores in 2014. He writes for Communities Digital News, and his weekly show "Standing at Freedom’s Gate" on Community Digital News Hour tackles the latest national and international issues of freedom, faith and protecting the homeland and heartland of America as well as solutions that are needed. Fobbs also writes for Clash Daily, Renew America and BuzzPo. He covers Second Amendment, Illegal Immigration, Pro-Life, patriotism, terrorism and other domestic and foreign affairs issues. As the former 12-year Community Concerns columnist with The Detroit News, he covered community, family relations, domestic abuse, education, business, government relations, and community and business dispute resolution. Fobbs obtained a political science and journalism degree from Eastern Michigan University in 1978 and attended Wayne State University Law School. He spearheaded and managed state and national campaigns as well as several of President George W. Bush's White House initiatives in areas including Education, Social Security, Welfare Reform, and Faith-Based Initiatives.