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Where You Can Find Confederate Flag Flying in New Mexico

By    |   Thursday, 06 August 2015 09:39 AM

Flying the Confederate flag in New Mexico has caused contention in recent years. A political group sparked controversy by displaying the flag during a 2012 parade in Las Cruces, while an Otero man was ticketed in 2013 after he flew the Confederate flag next to an American flag.

The June 17 shooting of nine people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Carolina has triggered widespread efforts by government officials to remove the Confederate flag or other references to the Confederacy. Critics contend the flag is a symbol of racial intolerance.

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The Confederate flag has long drawn ire in New Mexico. In 2012, the flag brought about a negative response when it was part of a float introduced by the Las Cruces Tea Party, which won a $1,000 prize for being chosen as best in show in a July 4 parade, according to KRWG-TV/FM.

Las Cruces Mayor Ken Mayagishima responded by apologizing to residents of Las Cruces and the rest of New Mexico, KRWG said. He promised to review the rules and procedures for future parades to ensure the same thing didn’t happen again.

The Las Cruces Tea Party argued that New Mexico’s history began before it achieved statehood in 1912, and “includes a brief period in 1862 when the Confederate flag flew over the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe,” according to the Las Cruces Sun-News.

In January 2013, Otero, N.M., resident Scotty Brown was ticketed in connection with a misdemeanor count of the improper use of official symbols after he flew a Confederate flag next to the American flag, according to The Alamagordo Daily News.

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Brown was accused of flying the Confederate flag too close to the Stars and Stripes, according to The Christian Science Monitor. The law involved, which had been in effect since 1963, made it illegal to insult the U.S. flag.

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