It looks like the Confederate battle flag may be removed from Georgia’s state flag. The current flag, which has flown since 2001, is ugly and still has a tiny rebel emblem, satisfying virtually no one. Governor Roy Barnes Sonny Perdue advocated restoring the 1956-2001 flag during the campaign but has backed off. Now, a slight variant of the 1920-1956 flag will face the current one in a non-binding referendum. I must say, while I understand the desire of some to pay homage to their Confederate heritage, the divisiveness of this issue and the time wasted on it over the last several years is just absurd.

See all of Georgia’s flags here. (There are more than six, although Atlanta nonetheless has a Six Flags amusement park.)

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  1. Barnes is the ex-governor who changed the flag to the current(?) monstrosity (not that the Southern Cross-based flag that preceded it was any better–although at least it wasn’t butt-ugly, just divisive). The current governor is Sonny Perdue.

  2. James Joyner says:

    Oops–I knew that.