Man Waives Confederate Flag At School Board Meeting

Jul 16, 2013

A  man who unfurled a Confederate battle flag at a recent Springboro school board meeting says he was trying to make a point about history.

Others say his move was offensive. Sonny Thomas says his message was misinterpreted. He showed the flag in response to the board's decision to delay a plan to offer a constitutional class with a religious theme. The class would be sponsored by outside conservative groups, and the board says it wants to take more time to hear from the community before making a decision. Civil rights leader Reverend Damon Lynch Junior of Cincinnati says 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.