Well, here is an interesting dilemma facing the owner of an Ice Cream shop.
Confederate flag can’t be removed from lawn of ice cream shop, despite owner’s wishes
Published June 26, 2017
” A South Carolina restaurant owner says he cannot remove the Confederate flag that flies over his establishment, even though he desperately wants to.
Tommy Daras, who owns Edisto River Creamery ice cream shop in Orangeburg, S.C., wants to remove the flag in a town that is more than 75 percent African American, but claims he cannot because the property’s former owner sold the land surrounding the flagpole to a Confederate Veterans rights group who refuses to remove it, according to Fox 8.
“That flag needs to be moved and if there’s any possible way that I can do it, it’s going to be done,” Daras said. “Right now, we’re gridlocked.”
Daras bought the establishment in 2015 from the family of Maurice Bessinger’s family, a politician and restaurateur who owned Maurice’s Piggie Park, a barbecue restaurant chain.
During his life, Bessinger was critical of the Civil Rights Act and called Brown v. Board of Education — the 1954 Supreme Court case that ended race-based segregation in American public and private schools — a “really bad” decision.
“I raised the flag out here on the flagpole to protest the taking down of our heritage flag,” Bessinger said in 2000.
Bessinger died in 2014, but wrote that the flags that fly outside of his establishments “will stay.”
“I will fight on because this is what God wants me to do,” he added.
Before his death, Bessinger sold the small section of land that surrounds the flagpole to the Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 842.
“And we’ve been trying ever since to … honor the Confederate soldier,” Buzz Braxton, commander and member of the group, said. “He put it in the hands of people that he trusted because he loved his Confederate ancestors and his Confederate history just like we do. So, there was nothing sinister.”
However, Daras said the flag needs to be removed, especially following a 2015 mass shooting in which a young white man, Dylann Roof, opened fire and killed nine black parishioners inside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, a historically black church in Charleston, S.C. (Pictures found after the assault showed Roof posing with the Confederate flag.)
“From that day forward, all hell broke loose for me,” Daras said. “My windows were broken out, my phone was ringing off the hook, my employees were harassed. I was fist-fighting with people in the parking lot. Everyone in town assumed it was my property because it looks like it’s attached to this building.”
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The Sons of Confederate Veterans said there is no way they will remove the flag. ”
The above was copied and pasted from a recent online from a FOX NEW’S article.
Now, I certainly agree with the Son’s Of Confederate Veterans, who are both exercising their rights as the ” LAND OWNER ” and ” Following the wishes of the man who donated the land to them.”
I marvel at the statements by Mr. Daras who say’s the area is 75% Black, SO WHAT, THEY ARE CITIZENS, COLOR SHOULD NOT MATTER, THEY SAY THIS ALL THE TIME, EVERYONE IS EQUAL THEY SAY, SO GET OVER IT THEN.
Mr. Daras also brings up Dylann Roof, as if his maniac actions were caused by the CONFEDERATE FLAG. WHY NOT SEE WHAT BRAND OF SHOES HE WORE, MABY IT WAS CAUSED BY HIS PF FLYERS, OR PERHAPS HIS BRAND OF FIREARM WAS THE REAL CAUSE, OR PERHAPS THE LATEST VIDEO GAME OR MOVIE THAT DEMONSTRATED VIOLENCE AS THE BEST WAY TO GET WHAT YOU WANT.
So you see, we could add on reason after reason, and it would never end. Try this on for size, people on drugs and or alcohol and or mentally ill and or evil, do these things, NO FLAG HAS EVER BY ITSELF HARMED ANYONE, EVER.
So, get reasonable, and honest Mr. Daras, I am sure you get harassed by many of your black customers, they are at fault for doing this, and I am not happy, but enlightened again how blacks react, how the public reacts and uses the wrong reasons for issues like this. An American citizen, a man who owned the property, in the U.S.A. and decided to fly a Confederate flag because he had/has the FREEDOM to do so, is now being made to look like a criminal low life when he is none of those things.
So to the Sons Of Confederate Veterans CAMP 842, I Salute you and ask that you stand your ground and keep the colors waving on the John C. Calhoun Highway.