Confederate symbols, such as the Confederate flag, are uncommon in Nevada, which became a state during the Civil War.
There is little connection to the stars and bars on public grounds in the state. No battles were fought within the borders of Nevada. About 1,200 Nevadans fought for the North, and the state helped finance the Union war effort, according to the National Park Service
In the aftermath of the June 17 shooting deaths of nine churchgoers in in Charleston, South Carolina, many have demanded for the removal of Confederate flags in public places across the country. Photos of the accused shooter with the Confederate flag surfaced.
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Retailers like Wal-Mart have stopped selling Confederate flags, and TV Land announced earlier this month that it would no longer air re-runs of the 1970s show, "The Dukes of Hazzard," because of the Confederate flag painted atop the iconic 1969 Dodge, dubbed "General Lee." That decision didn't sit well with actor John Schneider, who played Bo Duke, Entertainment Weekly reported
One retailer, Sparks, Nevada-based Alotta Signs, still offers the Confederate flag. Sales were brisk in the weeks following the South Carolina shooting and ongoing controversy, according to Nevada Public Radio
"I think the people that look at the flag as sending a message of racism and slavery and hatred and white supremacy, I think those people don't know their history," Alotta Signs owner David Pearson told the radio station. "I don't necessarily know my history very well, either. But I don't see it as that, from what I've read about the flag. There's a lot more to it."
Nevada Republican Assemblywoman Michele Fiore entered the flag debate, arguing in early July that the stars and bars should remain atop the South Carolina statehouse, according to The Associated Press
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"The flag is (a) trivial item that represents a part of our history, but it's just that, OUR HISTORY!" Fiore wrote in an email. "You can't pick and choose which parts of our history you want to remember because without all of it, the good and the bad, we would not live in the USA we know today."
On July 10, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley signed a bill to lower the flag from the Statehouse grounds.
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