Just wanted to thank all the wonderful folk of Beeville and Bee County who called or wrote to thank us for standing up to the majority of the Bee County commissioners over their illegal and unconstitutional attempt to ban Confederate flags from the recently concluded Western Week.
Although the commissioners’ now claim they were “misunderstood” and only meant to ban the flag from an (inoperable) county flagpole, the contract they imposed on the Western Week Committee says: “Bee County Commissioners Court... reserves the right to reject any offensive language or displays including the Confederate flag...and will not (be) permitted to be displayed at any part of the Expo grounds...(emphasis added).”
We note that the contract language says what it says and does not mention a flagpole. No one seems to be fooled by the commissioners’ volte-face. But we send our thanks to the Bee County commissioners. We didn’t have to sue them and our clients, Texas Military Images, donated their Western Week booth to the Sons of Confederate Veterans, who reported a wonderful outpouring of support by Western Week attendees.
Thanks to you Bee County commissioners, Bee County will be getting a new Sons of Confederate Veterans chapter in the very near future. But, happy as we are with the outcome of this serendipitous event, the illegal Expo contract language remains on the books. The SLRC staff hopes to attend the new Beeville SCV Camp’s chartering, so we look forward to meeting our new friends then and maybe revisiting the county’s bigoted and illegal contract edict regarding the Confederate flag.
Kirk D. Lyons, Esq. Chief Trial Counsel, Southern Legal Resource Center, Inc.