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Confederate flag display in Memphis yearbook draws criticism

When local schools were shut down in March due to COVID-19, districts had to scramble to re-work plans to formally recognize their senior class.

What appeared in the Memphis High School 2020 yearbook was a surprise to many and has caused debate in the small town that straddles the Macomb and St. Clair counties line.

On page 22, two seniors are pictured together, one wrapped in a Confederate flag and the other wearing a hat with a similar symbol. The page, tagged as “Memorable Moments” features seniors who were recognized with unofficial awards such as most athletic, best smile, class flirt and the duo with the flag are listed as class rednecks.

A large confederate flag was also draped across a truck in a parade honoring the senior class in June.

The incidents have upset some members of the community who characterize the actions as appalling and atrocious while stating how bad they feel for the African American students who attend school in the district. None wanted to be identified for fear of retaliation.


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