Skirmish At Hibernia 393 originally uploaded by Darryl Moran
Last week’s poll asked how you felt about this year’s winter season. The overwhelming majority of respondents said we definitely deserve this winter after the last few. While some are upset about it, they’re just insane and can safely be ignored by all. Yay for warm weather.
This week’s poll comes from this article in the Pioneer Press which covers a West St. Paul City Councilmember who is flying a Confederate in his backyard. Residents and fellow councilmembers alike are not happy about it and while nothing can really be done about it the councilmember’s response to the hoopla is that the flag is “cool”.
From the article:
West St. Paul City Council member Ed Hansen has a Confederate battle flag hanging off the back deck of his house and says “it’s cool.”
Others, including the city’s mayor, have a different opinion of the flag, which is visible off busy Butler Avenue and to visitors at nearby Thompson Park. Written on the flag is the word “redneck.”
“I’m not a racist, and I don’t think it’s racist,” he said. “People like to play the race card, though, when they don’t get their way.”
There is a simple poll question here: are Confederate flags “cool” or are they “racist”? However there are many other questions such as: do you think it’s appropriate for a city councilmember to fly a Confederate flag? If you were one of his constituents wold you be upset? If you were a neighbor of his would you ask him to take it down? Would you simply shake your head and think he’s a d-bag? Do you think he’d be more respectable if he admitted he was a bigot and wasn’t timid instead? Whatever you have to say about this one vote on the sidebar and then comment on below. After you do both of those things feel free to check out our expired polls in the archive or read through the previous posts about polls here.