Sunday, June 05, 2005

NAACP boycott over Confederate flag fizzles

The Associated Press is reporting that the NAACP's boycott of South Carolina is not having much effect.

"The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People started the boycott in 2000 to get the Confederate battle flag off the South Carolina statehouse dome. That goal was achieved in July of that year, but the organization continued the sanctions when the flag was moved to a memorial on the statehouse grounds a place of honor the group feels the flag doesn't deserve.

"But judging from the columns of black motorcyclists zooming up and down the Grand Strand during the recent "Black Bike Week," few are heeding the call.

"'I spend my money wherever I want to,' [Marquita] Jackson, a stay-at-home mom from Fayetteville, N.C., said defiantly as she headed for the beach Memorial Day weekend. 'They don't give it to me.'"

Ms. Jackson is one of the two ladies pictured in the accompanying AP photo.


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