God Bless Sheriff Rick Clark
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“Seven Days In May”
Since: Oct 13
#1 Dec 9, 2013
PICKENS, S.C.(AP)— Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark said he won’t lower the flag outside his sheriff’s office to half-staff to honor Nelson Mandela because the South African civil rights leader was not a United States citizen.
Clark first announced his decision Friday on his Facebook page, writing “Nelson Mandela did great things for his country and was a brave man but he was not an AMERICAN!!!”
The sheriff confirmed his decision in several interviews Friday.
Clark said the sheriff’s office American flag was at half-staff Friday to honor a Florence County deputy killed in a wreck and Saturday for Pearl Harbor Day, but will fly at full staff on Sunday and Monday.
Mandela was imprisoned for nearly 30 years while trying to bring racial equality to South Africa, then became the country’s president and a civil rights leader. He died Thursday. President Barack Obama ordered flags in the United States flown at half-staff in honor of Mandela through sunset Monday.
Clark pointed out Obama’s order was a proclamation and does not have the force of law. He said he would have made the same decision if he was in office in 2005, when President George W. Bush ordered flags flown at half-staff after the death of Pope John Paul II.
Clark became sheriff this year.
Pickens County officials said while Clark is free to do what he wants to do with the flag outside the sheriff’s office, American flags at other county offices will remain at half-staff to honor Mandela.
#3 Dec 9, 2013
Would that be the Confederate Battle Flag?
#4 Dec 22, 2013
Sheriff Rick Clark had every right to stand up for his beliefs. I salute his courage of convictions. But by that same token, I would refuse to lower my flag for Pearl Harbor. I believe minorities should only love the America that has existed after the Civil rights era. In those days the country did not care about our lives or our rights, so Pearl Harbor was not our concern.
I equally salute the courage of black athlethes in 1968 at the Olympics in Mexico City who turned their backs during the national anthem and instead gave a Black Power salute. FREE SPEECH, the right to dissent, is what I am defending.
#5 Dec 22, 2013
I suppose you would not salute the TUSKEGEE AIRMEN from WW@ either. Shame, alot of blacks served in that war as well as Korea, all deserve our honoring them.
#6 Apr 3, 2014
I would most certainly honor the Tuskegee Airmen, the Navajo Windtalkers, and the Nisei infantry in Italy. However, I would not honor the country they defended as it was in those days. I have the same Jekyll And Hyde attitude toward the United States that a Jewish citizen of present-day Germany has regarding his country. He really loves the Germany in which he has a happy home today. And he really hates the country that Germany was in its anti-Semitic past.
I have no grievance toward white people of the present generation, just as I have witnessed aged WW Two vets being very friendly with young Germans and young Japanese who grew up after the War. They had nothing to do with all that fascist business. But I hate the majority of Anglo-Saxon whites in the old days of racism, imperialism and segregation. And if anyone gets angry with me for admitting that bluntly, that's their problem.
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