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MO residents show support for confederate flag, while others disagree

(Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS) (Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS)

Around a hundred people came out to support the Confederate Flag at a fundraiser at Hanners Wholesale in Cape Girardeau County on Saturday. 

At the event, many placed their Confederate Flags on their vehicles to proudly show their support and to promote the history behind the flag and not hatred toward anyone. 

One by one, they lined up in their vehicles and paraded into the town of Jackson into the uptown area led by a General Lee of Dukes of Hazzard replica car.

The Confederate flag controversy over the last few months has swept across the nation.

The image has remained controversial lately.

"The people that get angry need to understand that they have the right to fly what flag they want to fly and do the things they want to do," says David Novak. "We don't get upset about all that so they should show us the same courtesies that we show them."

Some see it as an icon of slavery that represents black oppression and should come down everywhere, while others say it identifies their heritage and identity. 

That's the outlook for all at this fundraising event on Saturday.

They feel it's a part of their history, their heritage and not a racial issue. 

"It's not about black or white or red or green or yellow, it's about a part in history where blacks and whites together died for a cause and that needs to be understood," says Novak.

People at the event say it shouldn't cause this much chaos and don't understand why people need to be hateful towards others about their beliefs in the Confederate Flag.

"If you're here for America, you're here for America. If you want to be free, you want to be free. But that's what this flag stands for," says Keltsie Metcalf.  

People here say there is freedom of speech and everyone has the right to believe what they want. 

We talked with others around the Jackson area who didn't want to go on camera.

They did share their opinion on this matter and disagree with showing support for this flag in general.

They feel this shouldn't be an issue and needs to be left alone, regardless what your beliefs are.

They feel displaying your beliefs in this flag won't fix anything and will continue to cause animosity with the people of our nation, which will continue violence in this nation that seems already unbalanced. 

For people at the event, they feel it's important to show their why they support their beliefs in this flag and will continue to fly the Confederate Flag regardless. 

"It actually was represented as to free. So it's about freedom. If you want to take it the wrong way, take it the wrong way but we're here to show you that it's meant for freedom," says Metcalf.

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