Local woman advocating for keeping state flag

An advocate for keeping the current state flag shared with News 25 today her reasoning behind supporting a state flag with a Confederate emblem.

Deborah Simpson is an African-American woman that believes this battle between keeping the current state flag is too emotionally driven. While some argue the flag’s design is a part of heritage and pride, others say that it is a matter of racism and discrimination.

Simpson says it is a matter of honoring the vote for the state flag made in 2001. “I was sitting with a group of people and they were state flag supporters. One of the people told me that they voted on it. And I said, ‘wait a minute what? I’m with y’all.’ That’s all I needed to hear. I’ve spoken many times in years past about how important our vote is to me. Our vote is our 18th birthday present to each citizen from our government. It came at a very high price tag that somebody else paid.”

State leaders are continuing to weigh options on how to move forward with this debate.

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