‘Salt Lake Confederates’ cruise to State Capitol to show support of flag

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SALT LAKE CITY — A crowd of self-described ‘Salt Lake Confederates’ cruised the streets of Salt Lake City bearing the Confederate Flag and other banners Saturday, and they made their way to the stairs of the State Capitol for a rally in support of the controversial battle standard.

According to an email from event organizers, the rally was put together by a group on social media called “The Salt Lake Confederates”, and the cruise and rally was to show support of the “confederate/rebel flag.”

The group planned to cruise from Sandy to downtown via State Street, and photos from the event show several trucks and participants along the route as well as at the State Capitol.

Event organizers described the rally as a peaceful movement aimed at supporting the history of the flag. A man who spoke during the rally, who identified himself only as Bryan, spoke ot FOX 13 News about  the group’s purpose.

“Basically just to say we support the Confederate Flag, we support the American Flag, we support America,” he said. “This is not about racism. This is not about hate. We’re just tired of all the political corruptness that we have to go through in this country. We’re also here to say that we support the families and the victims of Charleston, of the reporters in Virginia, of everything that’s going on. That we’re just proud Americans. We’re patriots, and we’re just out here to support our country.”

Bryan said many in attendance are friends, and they spread the word of the rally on social media to increase the size of the rally. He and others who spoke to FOX 13 News declined to provide their full names, saying they feared potential repercussions for their involvement.

“There’s people all across the country who are losing their jobs for coming out and, you know, supporting the flag, and it’s… while we are here to support: We also need to be realistic, and it’s not worth getting fired over, and  going through all the trouble that we’d have to fight, you know, for the First Amendment. It’s happening all across the country.”

Bryan said he is a southerner and “doesn’t hate anybody” and that they came to the State Capitol to hold their rally because it is a symbol of democracy.

The Confederate Battle Flag has been at the center of a resurgence of mainstream controversy in recent months, as the flag was removed from the Capitol grounds in South Carolina in response to criticism that drew strength in the wake of the fatal shooting at a church in Charleston, where Dylann Roof allegedly killed nine people in a racially motivated attack. Soon after Roof was arrested, photos surfaced of the man holding a pistol and the Confederate battle flag, which he reportedly revered as a white supremacist symbol.

34 comments

      • Wick

        Hahahha I concur with you Bob. I am a southerner, and it’s ridiculouse due to an accent that society finds us uneducated. Some of the best schools are in the south. Our mannerisms are looked highly upon since we moved to Utah, with my children saying “yes mam” and “yes sir” or asking to “may I please be excused from the table”. Some of our neighbors are even picking up the courtesy of calling adults by Mister Anthony or Mrs. Amber. (These names are just examples)
        As for the battle standard. Well, history is written by the winners. The north needed money and cheap labor during the Industrial Age, and we’re doing not a one, any good by paying them almost nothing to work there fingers to the bone. Let’s face it folks, that war was clearly fraught not over slavery but over money, and the need for cheap labor.

  • bob

    It’s the battle flag of a general who opposed both slavery and secession.

    This week a g a y, black racist murdered two white people, and put it in writing exactly why. When are we banning the rainbow flag? It’s a symbol of hate.

    • michael

      Please read before you speak, clearly we can’t be racist. Considering we all have friends and families of different races. We are a human race. When will that be understood and the division of our country end

    • D7

      Yep. As long as the NAACP is still fanning the flames, they’re getting paid.
      God forbid Al Sharpton missed the part about ending racism in the Creed.

  • Ddd

    Please don’t stop flying that flag!! It lets the rest of us normal people know which TRUCKS to avoid!! The argument was, just don’t fly it over government buildings we all pay for!! If a private company chooses to fire an employee for a flag, that the employers choice

  • TT

    That flag was created by a German man who believed himself to be heavenly ordained superior to the African slaves. It is racist the same as displaying the Nazi symbol. Patriotic ppl don’t take such pride in their nations mistakes.

    • bob

      Any symbol means only what the person displaying it intends it to mean. No more, and no less.

      The Civil War was not about slavery. Slavery was legal under the laws of the United States, as upheld by various Supreme Court decisions, and was not under any serious threat in established States.

      According to 1860 Census data, free blacks in the South were more likely to own slaves than whites. About 4.5% of white households owned slaves. Of the 10,000 free blacks living in New Orleans, 28% owned black slaves. Some of the most notorious Southern plantation owners were black.

      Even fewer Confederate soldiers were slave owners. And many NORTHERN officers were slave owners.

      Slavery is a West African tradition. You can to go Mauritania TODAY and buy a black slave from the same auction blocks that have been in use for centuries. The buyers, today, are invariably black and Arab.

    • Wayne Engle

      Yes, I know what you mean. Never could understand why some guys (and I’m not talking about these Confederate Flag supporters — just in general) will insist in appearing, sometimes, in public without shirts. I mean, in circumstances where it’s not appropriate. Do they think it makes them look like big bad he-men?

  • gah

    Let millions of Confederate flags blossom across the land, North, South, East and West as the new symbol of the fight against the tyranny of Political Correctness.

  • jpegorino

    The flag you worship is the battle flag of the national army of Tennessee and later adopted Robert E.Lee. wake up, there is NO heritage in utah associated with that flag. Utah was NEVER a confederate state. Duh, learn your history before waving around a flag that has NOTHING to do with utah. Idiots.

    • miles (dave)

      i was borne and raised here in utah and i love the west but i also spent many years in the south traveling around mostly georgia, and i have family in the south, and i love the south too. i display a confederate flag proudly in my home. as a man divided it is a symbol of a people, culture, traditions, and family that i love.

      id bet most of the people who attended this rally and who feel the way i do have similar stories as i do, and that is respectable.

      • Babatunde

        A symbol of the north kicking the snot out of your useless, bigoted ancestors? Whatever floats your boat.

    • D7

      You don’t have to be born in the south to support it.
      Just like you don’t have to be born in America to defend it.

  • Michael Williams

      “…I tried all in my power to avert this war. I saw it coming, for twelve years I worked night and day to prevent it, but I could not. The North was mad and blind; it would not let us govern ourselves, and so the war came, and now it must go on till the last man of this generation falls in his tracks, and his children seize the musket and fight our battle, unless you acknowledge our right to self government. We are not fighting for slavery. We are fighting for Independence, and that, or extermination we will have…”

    President Jefferson Davis, Confederate States of America, From An Interview Published In The Atlantic Monthly, Page 379, September 1864.

    Jefferson Davis Papers 1863-1864

    “….It is stated in books and papers that Southern children read and study that all the blood shedding and destruction of property of that conflict was because the South rebelled without cause against the best government the world ever saw; that although Southern soldiers were heroes in the field, skillfully massed and led, they and their leaders were rebels and traitors who fought to overthrow the Union, and to preserve human slavery, and that their defeat was necessary for free government and the welfare of the human family. As a Confederate soldier and as a citizen of Virginia, I deny the charge, and denounce it as a calumny. We were not rebels; we did not fight to perpetuate human slavery, but for our rights and privileges under a government established over us by our fathers and in defense of our homes….”

    Col. Richard H. Lee- An Illustrated Guide to Virginia’s Confederate Monuments, by Timothy S. Sedore, page 10.

    • wick308

      I read these same quotes in high school. The U.S. Has perverted the truth. I have journals from my ancestors concerning the war between the north and the south. The battle standard is a historical flag. It truly saddens most that it has been adopted by slack jawed racists. Hitler adopted many Scandinavian symbols and perverted a culture. Let’s not let the racists win. They succeed every time we fight over these things. What ever happened to humans working hard to turn over a perversion, and seeking the truth regardless of what idiots changed pages in history for their own gain. To demonize the entire south, and to make them look unintelligible. Sad really how I can go in a dodgey place in the north and still find idiots and slack jaws, yes this personification is always placed in the south and clearly becomes a stigma for sheeple to entertain themselves and come to the self illusion that they are better than others. I guess if that’s what you need to make yourselves feel better than so be it. Just know that the rest of society sees you as pompous and foolish.

  • wick308

    Earlier Michael Williams wrote this comment. When do we seek the truth, and not become sheeple (humans that follow the masses regardless of the validity of the subject matter) I read these quotes in high school. I also have read my ancestors journals. I seek the truth, not the opinions of the masses.
    Michael Williams wrote:

    MICHAEL WILLIAMS
    “…I tried all in my power to avert this war. I saw it coming, for twelve years I worked night and day to prevent it, but I could not. The North was mad and blind; it would not let us govern ourselves, and so the war came, and now it must go on till the last man of this generation falls in his tracks, and his children seize the musket and fight our battle, unless you acknowledge our right to self government. We are not fighting for slavery. We are fighting for Independence, and that, or extermination we will have…”

    President Jefferson Davis, Confederate States of America, From An Interview Published In The Atlantic Monthly, Page 379, September 1864.

    Jefferson Davis Papers 1863-1864

    “….It is stated in books and papers that Southern children read and study that all the blood shedding and destruction of property of that conflict was because the South rebelled without cause against the best government the world ever saw; that although Southern soldiers were heroes in the field, skillfully massed and led, they and their leaders were rebels and traitors who fought to overthrow the Union, and to preserve human slavery, and that their defeat was necessary for free government and the welfare of the human family. As a Confederate soldier and as a citizen of Virginia, I deny the charge, and denounce it as a calumny. We were not rebels; we did not fight to perpetuate human slavery, but for our rights and privileges under a government established over us by our fathers and in defense of our homes….”

    Col. Richard H. Lee- An Illustrated Guide to Virginia’s Confederate Monuments, by Timothy S. Sedore, page 10.

    AUGUST 30, 2015 AT 6:47 AM

    I concur whole heartedly, and believe in educating the free thinkers of this our United States.

  • Laurie Zarkou

    So you say you don’t want to mention your last name because you do not want to take the chance of losing your job, but there you are standing on the steps of the Capitol with out your shirts on byt the way that was really classy might I add, and you do not think that your boss is going to recognize you on the local News? Or if he has the new link on his Facebook? Wow not too bright there are you?

  • Curtis Jensen

    So did any reporter even bother to ask any of these protesters what they thought the Confederate flag stands for and why they thought supporting it was showing support for the United States? The disconnect in knowledge, history and logic needed to consider the Confederate flag in any possible way supportive of the United States or any expression of patriotism for the United States is astounding. It’s literally the symbol of a rebellion against the United States.

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