SUMMERDALE, Ala. (WALA) - The Summerdale City Council chose not to make a motion to vote on the Confederate Flag controversy Monday, April 8. A local man said he wanted to fly the third national Confederate Flag at the city's 'welcome to' sign off Highway 59.
Ray Harris said he wanted to purchase and install the flag. He said he'd pay to maintain it and purchase replacements.
The council, however, took its own stance.
"That's not the kind of notoriety we want," said councilwoman Norma Giles. "Even though the Confederate Flag is not bad in and of itself, groups have adopted it, groups that are racist, that are white supremacist."
Harris disagrees, saying his stance comes from his southern roots.
"There's no race, no slavery, nothing. I won't even discuss that. It's a historical, heritage thing with me," Harris said. "I think they should've at least had the courage to vote on it, whether they voted it up or down- that was their decision- but I think it was a little disrespectful to me that they didn't even take a vote on it."
FOX10 News got the other side, asking if the council felt its decision was disrespectful.
"Somebody would've had to have made that motion, and I guess if a person makes a motion it's assumed that person is going to probably vote for it," Giles said. "That's why I didn't make a motion."
Mayor David Wilson admitted he doesn't know if the council made the right decision is not opening the floor for a vote.
"I feel that we do have a Confederate heritage here, but I also feel that this type of flag would create some type of controversy," Wilson said.
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