Arizona Sonora News Service – Tombstone, formed 13 years after the Civil War ended, opened its city streets to a parade of Confederate flags in the first week of March, bringing criticism that racism is alive and well in town.
Much to the chagrin of local African-Americans and advocacy organizations, nearly 20 Confederate enthusiasts took to the streets, stars and bars raised high, shouting “Glory to the Confederacy!”
And yet, despite the potential controversy this parade posed, Tombstone officials unanimously approved the parade.
“It was brought before the council, and under the First Amendment, we couldn’t refuse them,” said Dusty Escapule, mayor of Tombstone. “And to be honest, there are a lot of people that fly the Confederate flag in Tombstone. …