Southerners not whistling Dixie over flag flap
June 14, 2001: Any doubts Southern pride still beats in the breasts of the great-great-grandsons of the Confederacy were put to rest when heritage groups came to the defense of a Florida man told he could not park his pick-up truck in the parking lot of a public utility because it had a Confederate flag license plate.
Officials with the Orlando Utilities Commission reportedly told Randy Jones, a former OUC employee of 28 years and now a subcontractor for a private firm doing business with OUC, that he had to either remove the plate, cover it up or park his truck across the street. If he failed to take any of those steps, reports said, OUC officials threatened to have his truck towed.
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"Jones has had the Confederate flag plate on the front of his pick-up truck for 13 years. It was a Father's Day gift from his son," said Ron Holland, editor of the Dixie Daily News. "Southerners are outraged about this attack on Southern heritage, free speech and the First Amendment."
"We're behind this case a thousand percent," added a spokesman for the Southern Legal Resource Center.
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