SPRINGBORO, OHIO: A Southwest Ohio man who unfurled a Confederate battle flag at a school board meeting says he was trying to make a point about history. Others say his move was offensive.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Sonny Thomas says his message was misinterpreted. He showed the flag at the recent Springboro board of education meeting in response its backing off an earlier plan to offer a constitutional class with a religious theme. He says the flag means heritage to many people in the South and that he meant to educate and inform.
Civil rights leader the Rev. Damon Lynch Jr. of Cincinnati says that Thomas’ use of the flag without considering its racial overtones shows his ignorance.
Thomas was criticized three years ago for slurring Hispanics on social media.