Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal Erases Confederate Holidays From Calendar

The Confederate flag is seen flying on the Capitol grounds a day after South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley announced that she will call for the Confederate flag to be removed on June 23, 2015 in Columbia, S.C. JOE RAEDLE/GETTY IMAGES
The Confederate flag is seen flying on the Capitol grounds a day after South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley announced that she will call for the Confederate flag to be removed on June 23, 2015 in Columbia, S.C.
JOE RAEDLE/GETTY IMAGES

In a move filled with more symbolism than actual substance, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has announced that Confederate Memorial Day and Gen. Robert E. Lee’s birthday have been erased from the state’s official 2016 holiday calendar, according to AJC.

Both days were replaced with the more neutral term “state holiday,” according to emails to state employees last week, writes the news outlet.

But in a measure of how polarizing the debate over confederate commemorations have become, a spokesman made clear that Georgians were free to pay tribute to soldiers who fought on behalf of the confederacy on the more neutrally labeled state holidays.

On the 2015 state calendar, April 27 is listed as a Confederate holiday and Nov. 27 as Lee’s birthday, the report says.

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Source: The Root | LYNETTE HOLLOWAY

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