Greg Stewart led the charge in 2001 for a referendum to let Mississippi voters decide whether to keep Mississippi’s flag. Now as executive director of Beauvoir, the last home of Jefferson Davis, he is defending the Confederate Battle Flag as a symbol of the state’s history and heritage.
He calls the attacks against the flag since nine people were murdered in a South Carolina church “a perfect storm,” and said the outrage against the Battle Flag is being driven by emotion and political agendas.
The alleged killer was “obviously a lone wolf,” he said, adding the media and the early presidential primary in South Carolina are behind the flag controversy.
The flag means so many different things to people, “just like a cross does,” he said. The rush to condemn the flag should be disturbing to the public, said Stewart, a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Instead of a knee-jerk reaction to an event, he said changing a state flag should receive thorough debate.