South Georgia lawmaker calls Gov. Haley couragerous

South Georgia lawmaker calls Gov. Haley couragerous

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A South Georgia lawmaker said Governor Haley's new stance on the Confederate flag is courageous.

Representative Winfred Dukes said while the flag is a symbol of southern pride and heritage for some, others see it as a symbol of discrimination, slavery, and racism.

He believes South Carolina leaders are right to call for it to be removed from the state capitol.

" That flag is one that really deserves to be in a museum. Because one thing it does it divides the people of that state and the people of other states and anything that divides us should not be there to represent all of us," said Rep. Windord Dukes, Democrat, Albany.

Georgia had its own Confederate flag flap.

The battle emblem was part of the state flag from 1956 to 2001 when the flag was changed to include just a small version of the flag with the Confederate symbol.

It was completely removed from the state flag two years later.

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