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Congressman Brown: “The Display of the Confederate Flag and Related Racist Symbols Have No Place in our Military”

Washington, July 1, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Anthony Brown (MD-04), released the following statement on the passage of his amendment to prohibit the display of the Confederate flag on Department of Defense property and across military branches in the FY2021 National Defense Authorization Act:

“Recent, tragic events have underscored how much farther we have to go to heal the racial divisions that have plagued this country since our founding. Prohibiting the display of the Confederate flag - a symbol that for so many represents white supremacy, oppression and terror - on Department of Defense installations is an important step in that reckoning. Our armed services must foster a diverse, inclusive and welcoming environment for all Americans to serve the country they love. The display of the Confederate flag and related racist symbols have no place in our military.”  

The Marine Corps and Navy have banned the Confederate battle flag from all installations, ships and aircraft. This amendment codifies those bans and expands to all services and the Department of Defense.

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