Arthur Dowdell steals from the dead

Arthur Dowdell steals from the dead

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United States

#1 Apr 24, 2009
AUBURN, Ala.(AP) Several Confederate flags placed on the graves of Civil War soldiers got pulled up by a black Auburn city councilman, who called them symbols of racism and hatred.
Mary Norman, president of Auburn Heritage Association, said she was at her family's burial plot in Pine Hill Cemetery when Councilman Arthur Dowdell removed the small Confederate flag from her great-grandfather's grave Thursday afternoon.
"He pulled up the flag, snapped it in two and put it in his car," said Norman, who is white.
Dowdell said Friday he did not break the flag's stick intentionally. Instead, it broke when he pulled it out of the ground. But, he said, "I should have broken them all. They are offensive to me. They represent racism and the Ku Klux Klan."
Dowdell, who was elected to the City Council in 1995, said he was motivated to act when he went to pick up his daughter Thursday afternoon from her school near the cemetery. He said some parents complained to him about small Confederate battle flags being on graves throughout the cemetery in downtown Auburn.
Dowdell said he drove to the cemetery and saw it decorated "like a Klan rally or a skinhead rally."
"It's intimidating to black folks, and it's intimidating to me as a civil rights leader," he said. Dowdell said he pulled up four flags and left.
Norman, a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, said other UDC members placed the flags on the graves of Confederate veterans because Sunday is the official day for Confederate Memorial Day and Monday is the state holiday for it. She said the flags marked the graves of 75 known Confederate soldiers in the cemetery and a monument for 98 unidentified Confederate soldiers also buried there.
She said putting the flags on the graves of Confederate veterans for a few days around Confederate Memorial Day has nothing to do with race or hatred. "This has been a tradition in Auburn for over 100 years," she said.
Mayor Bill Ham Jr. said the city of more than 43,000 residents had never had any problems with previous Confederate Memorial Day observances. "This was a shocker," he said.
Ham said he was troubled that anyone would remove an item from a grave without permission. He said he had received more than 20 phone calls about the removal by Friday afternoon and all were opposed to what was done.
Norman said she and a friend were in the cemetery doing research for a book about the historic burial ground when Dowdell pulled up the flags. Her friend took a photo of him leaving the cemetery with the flags.
"I don't think you can go and desecrate graves, and he desecrated graves," she said.
Dowdell said other city cemeteries have restrictions on what can be placed on graves, but Pine Hill Cemetery does not. He said he will ask the City Council to pass an ordinance allowing the flags for only 24 hours on Confederate Memorial Day and requiring a sign explaining their presence.
"We don't have anything like those flags flying four days before Martin Luther King Day. We celebrate it on that day," he said.
Can this asshole be recalled, or maybe fired? What gives him the right to desecrate these graves?
A Reader

Newport News, VA

#2 Apr 28, 2009

Since: Jun 08

Augusta, WV

#3 Apr 28, 2009
I wish I could find an African flag, so I could crap on it, and set it on fire.

Griffin, GA

#4 May 1, 2009
Notice the moron who made the above racist statement about an African flag calls himself "nashville 1", but his location is listed Rochester NY. Is this a dumbass Yankee bigot trying to stir up a little anti-Southern hostility? Looks like it to me.

This is the kind of stuff we have to deal with folks.
War Eagle

Auburn University, AL

#5 May 21, 2009
Pine Hill has CSA slave-owning Dowdells. They liked to bring young girls up from the quarters, so it's possible that Councilman Dowdell was taking the flag from the grave of one of his ancestors.
bangin in little rock

North Fort Myers, FL

#6 Jun 4, 2009
Nice. He should be ousted. He had NO RIGHT.

Bloomfield Hills, MI

#7 Aug 31, 2009
I agree with Straightshooter. We really need to stop seeing things in color, and look at things for what they are. Most incidents are acts of something stupid, or not clearly thought thru. Mr. Dowdell indeed acted stupidly, and should be reprimanded for his actions. He saw a Confederate flag and acted on an impulse seeing it as offensive based on his account on what the flag represented. However, the Confederate flag, regardless of what people used it to represent, is a part of our Nationís history and should be preserved as any other artifact from our Nationís past. Soldiers that died during the civil war should be allowed to show as a part of history, that they were a part of that history, and should be remembered for that. It is far too easy to look at things based on race, and more than not the media contributes to it, seeing it as an opportunity for better ratings. The color or our nation is represented by Red, White, and Blue, not black, white, hispanic, chinese, etc. Letís focus on the things that truly represent the great Nation we are. The UNITED States of America

Naples, FL

#8 Sep 1, 2009
Have you seen this a5 5 holes suits?? He thinks he's a pimp or some chit.

Opelika, AL

#9 Oct 8, 2009
Just a typical chimpout
Glenn Green

Pecos, TX

#10 Feb 27, 2013
Typical Detroit scum , people like Dowdell made Detroit into the hell on earth it is today and now they can not take living in their own crap so they have moved to other areas of the country spreading their hatred. Guranteed = no place in Heaven for scum like this.
Supercalafradgel istic

Valley, AL

#11 Apr 25, 2013
Dowdell is just like many other leftist Democrats that want his views to be respected; but refuses to respect the views of others.

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