OCALA, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Marion County commissioners unanimously approved a proclamations designating April 2016 as "Confederate History Month."
Last year, Marion County received national attention when commissioners voted to take down a Confederate Flag, then put back up again, at a government complex. Later, nearly 2,000 people showed up for a "Southern Pride Ride," sparking some tempers to flare over the flag. Reactions from residents we spoke to were mixed.
"To me, it kind of has a little racial stuff in it," said Carlton Edwards. Cassie Leavel agreed, saying "Everybody has their right to have their own flag and stuff, but that's kind of a…to me ... it's just racial." "The Confederate Flag is a big part of history, Southern history especially," said Cole Davis. "I don't look at it as a racial issue."
Marion County spokesperson Stacie Causey said similar Confederate History proclamation were approved by commissioners in 1996 and 2002.