DPG First Vice Chair Nikema Williams on Congressman Lynn Westmoreland’s Confederate Flag Remarks

Release:  Thursday, July 9, 2015                                                                                          

 

DPG First Vice Chair Nikema Williams on Congressman Lynn Westmoreland’s Confederate Flag Remarks

 

 

Atlanta, GA – Democratic Party of Georgia First Vice Chair Nikema Williams issued the following statement regarding Congressman Lynn Westmoreland’s out of touch remarks during today’s U.S. House debate on the Confederate flag.

 

“Congressman Lynn Westmoreland’s comments are absolutely repellent. Sadly, Lynn has a track record of offensive behavior. During the 2008 presidential race, he hurled a derogatory term toward President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Now, he’s defending the Confederacy and asks Congressman John Lewis—who shed his blood fighting for civil rights—to consider his ‘point of view’ on race relations.

 

“Lynn Westmoreland owes his constituents and the people of Georgia an apology. Today.”

 

 

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Background

 

AJC – Lynn Westmoreland on Confederate battle flag ‘I don’t think it’s a racist symbol’

Among Westmoreland’s thoughts:

“There’s a lot of Confederate flags. You talking about the battle flag? I think it was just — I don’t think it’s a racist symbol. I think people have misused it, but I’ve never really given it that much thought, because in the South you kind of grow up being around it, just seeing it in different venues or whatever. But I have never thought of it as a racist flag.”

Westmoreland was asked if he could see the point of Rep. John Lewis, D-Atlanta, when he talks about the flag’s racist history during the civil rights movement. Westmoreland replied: “Well, if I believe it comes from heritage, does he understand where I’m coming from?”

 

Jonathan Weisman, NYT