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Santa Cruz: Confederate flags are why I refuse to walk in the Tucson Rodeo Parade

"The Confederate flag is a symbol of slavery, oppression, and white supremacy. Yet, year after year, the Tucson Rodeo Parade Committee embraces the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and displays it with the color guard leading the parade." — Tucson Councilwoman Lane Santa Cruz... Read more»

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Feb 27, 2020, 6:48 pm
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Thank you, Lane, for standing up for those you represent!

Feb 28, 2020, 3:43 pm
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Thank you for voicing how a lot of us feel!!!

Feb 28, 2020, 5:57 pm
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Thank you for objecting. My family on both sides are Southerners whose ancestors fought in the Civil War. We don’t fly the battle flag or any other flag except the American flag.. The war was a tragedy that would have been an even worse tragedy, if the South had won.

How clueless do you have to be to fly the Battle Flag of the Army of Northern Virginia in Arizona?

Make the parade sponsors show historical justification for using that flag in Arizona!

Feb 28, 2020, 10:02 pm
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Flags, plural?  Was one on a float too?

Feb 29, 2020, 8:51 am
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Yes, it is appalling and offensive that the Confederate Flag is being flown anywhere in this nation in 2020!

Equally appalling and offensive is the animal cruelty perpetrated at the rodeo each year, including and especially the Tucson Rodeo. Investigators for SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK) have documented and exposed outrageous abuse in Tucson, including the shocking of horses to make them buck and appear wild. You can see the shocking of the horses for yourself here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hE_VrUuckms&feature=youtu.be

Due to the abuse, animals are injured, and some killed while rodeo officials lie about it. In 2019, Tucson Rodeo Manager Gary Williams claimed that no animals were injured in 2019. Our video documentation proved him wrong. See for yourself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLmzIUWqlO0&feature=youtu.be

Williams never responded to the evidence, demonstrating that rodeo is not just cruel, but cowardly and corrupt.

White supremacy and animal cruelty are both un-American. The Tucson Rodeo should be replaced with a true family friendly event that does not involve or encourage violence to humans or animals!

Mar 2, 2020, 8:20 am
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That was a very untrue and nasty article.  You obviousl flunked history and civics too.  You are a slave to thinking that saying “White Supramacy” is not a racist hate comment. 

In a truely free country we can have our opinions and our symbols.  The war was not about slavery sorry you interpeted those sentence to be a promotion of rather than a defense of the freedom to have even that until changed by law not the sword of the yankees. 

But you obviously have an agenda.  Of exclusion.

Mar 2, 2020, 12:24 pm
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Mopaint, you might want to read the Constitution of the Confederacy. “The war was not about slavery”—absolutely wrong. Even my dog knows that.


Mar 2, 2020, 3:58 pm
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I have read them and the individual state constitutions. that means nothing other than they are declaring that after the attacks on them by Northern State who also had slaves they are responding saying we will do what we want.  It really means nothing in regard to why the war was fought.  Now for the institution of slavery that was a multi-color proposition it had nothing to do just do with whites.  The marxist mouth of hate and separation “white supremacy” is nonsense.  There were blacks who sold and owned slave in the U.S.  You need to do more research and the lady that wrote this article is just ranting about many things that just are not true and putting one racist bow on it.  That is divisive.  Remove the Mexican flag they had slaves.  Actually don’t in a free country they can fly it.  Now “offended?” too bad get a real reason to not like especially is you are offended selfishly on ignorance and a self serving agenda.  This article can be published but is disgraceful and bigoted.

Mar 2, 2020, 4:19 pm
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Slavery was outlawed three years after Mexico declared independence from Spain. One reason Anglo newcomers in Texas revolted against Mexico was that slavery was illegal—and they wanted to keep their slaves. *You* need to do more research, though I’m sure you won’t—you seem like one of those people who’s very happy to know what they think they know and don’t dare add a fresh or correct idea to the roster.

Mar 2, 2020, 4:31 pm
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Oh my, you seem to think you know me, and you don’t.  You actually seem to be what you projected as who I am. That was is a classic and chronic behavior of the left.  Borderline personality disorder, not curable.  I will not see people in the 21 century judge people of the past with their liberal Ideals.  You are the single focused.  Want to read something that might wake you up?  Read “Out of America” by keith B. Richburg.  I added a fresh idea to this roster bet you didn’t know blacks owned, sold and promoted slavery?  That the Emancipation Proclamation didn’t free one slave in the South and left slaves in the north in slavery.  Why would some one like Marxist Lincoln do that?  Bet you never thought about that.  What right did he have to invade a sovereign country and if not sovereign attack his own citizens.  He was 1860’s Bernie Sanders.

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A Confederate flag, center, was flown last week by the honor guard at the front of the Tucson rodeo parade, along with a U.S. flag, and the flags of Arizona and Mexico and a variant of the 'castles and lions' Spanish royal standard.


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