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11/06/02

Pro-Flag Supporters Win Latest Skirmish

One day after 57% of the voters decided the Confederate battle flag should stay, it still flies high over the Harrison County beach. So what's next?

Members of some of the business groups that took stands against the southern symbol say it's time to put aside the emotion and move on.

"We have a lot of substantive issues that we need to be dealin' with and the Board of Supervisors are dealing with those and this is one issue that we've been through every angle of it. I think it's time to put that issue behind us and move forward on the really important issues," says Gulfport Business Club member John Harral.

Robert Barq of the Biloxi Business Club says, "In this case you don't get your way, you don't win. A lot of candidates didn't win, what are ya gonna do about it? We voted, the majority spoke. So let's move on, let's all join each other's hands and work together, be a community, unite and hope everybody can be friends."

Some people didn't want to talk about the flag. Others told us whether it flies doesn't impact their daily lives. Still others don't like it.

"I think it should be kept up in a museum, yes, that's okay but with all the controversy with it I think they should have just took it down and let it be at that," says one woman.

A man we talked to says, "I don't care about it, one way or the other, on that flag."

Another woman says, "I've just found it's a flag. It means a lot to a lot of people both good and bad. I think you should find the positive in it and keep your head up regardless and God Bless America, ya know. Why be negative over a flag issue?"

James Crowell of the Biloxi NAACP says they too are disappointed over the flag outcome. But Crowell says it is encouraging that so many white citizens voted to take it down. The NAACP's state conference is in Mobile this weekend. Crowell says he's sure the flag referendum will be discussed.

By: Marcia Hill

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