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Legislator Calls for End to Confederate Memorial Day

Rep. Boyd Brown says holiday is inefficient.

Today, public schools remain in session, municipal employees are at work, no stores are closed, but the S.C. General Assembly and thousands of state employees are on break, observing Confederate Memorial Day.

It's a problem for State Rep. Boyd Brown, D-Winnsboro, because legislative work is piling up.

"We have important issues that need our attention, but instead, the Legislature is taking a day off to observe an archaic state holiday," Brown said. "I’m not suggesting that South Carolinians stop celebrating the holiday, but I am asking that from this point forward, they observe it in their hearts and minds. State offices should be open today."

Nine states of the former Confederacy observe Confederate Memorial Day, albeit at different times. A handful of battle reenactments in South Carolina are planned today to note the death of Gen. Stonewall Jackson, who died in 1863.

Last week, political parties were forced to purge hundreds of candidates from South Carolina ballots after a court ruling found them ineligible due to a paperwork snafu. Brown said legislators need to be at the capitol working on a solution.

"Unlike some colleagues, I didn’t know any Confederate veterans personally, but I am sure they would appreciate us doing the job we were elected to do," said Brown, 26, one of the youngest legislators in state history. "Instead of doing our jobs, the Legislature is taking the day off to observe a holiday that most people don’t even know exists."

In South Carolina, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired, the Civil War still stirs emotions. Brown won't face political fallout, however.

stanley seigler May 13, 2012 at 02:08 PM
@Tonto: "...we are headed for another civil war with communist Oblamer..." have missed yo tonto...agree we should look into the possibility of a civil was with BO the muslin communist...oh/and i hear the brits are going to invade america and take back their colony...and are forming an alliance with BO promising to make him king BO...but not worry we all have our anti-tank guns...
Robert Kelly May 13, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Stanley, are you sure about the UK-USA alliance with BO as king? What will that do to the much-anticipated Prince Harry and his beautiful princess who were expected to be king and queen? By the way, since we all have our anti-tank guns, and we would no doubt use them as well as everything else in our arsenal if Russia sent tanks to patrol our streets...why are people so surprised that Iraqis and Afghanis do the same?
John H May 14, 2012 at 02:18 PM
To Stanley; I was born and raised in the south....Southern Ohio. Does that count?
James M Whitehead May 20, 2012 at 11:44 PM
We will never lose site of what the true meaning of that war was. Some of you still dont get it. aas a real southerner we do!
James M Whitehead May 20, 2012 at 11:46 PM
God bless the south and honor my ancesters whom fought for states rights.

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