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Missouri woman puts up billboard in response to Confederate flag

Missouri woman puts up billboard in response to Confederate flag

ELDON, Mo. (KMIZ)

Driving up Highway 54 on the way to Lake of the Ozarks, visitors are greeted by an old symbol waving high above the trees: a Confederate flag.

The Confederate flag has long been a divisive symbol of the Civil War. While some say it stands for history and patriotism, others say it stands for hate and racism.

Amanda Burrow of Tuscumbia falls in the latter category. Burrows was upset this flag may be all some people remember about driving through her corner of Missouri. She decided to buy the billboard next to the flag and have it say "Equality, bigger than hate."

Burrows started a Go Fund Me page to raise money for the billboard. The initial goal on the fundraiser was set at $3,850, which would cover the cost of the art, vinyl and price of keeping the billboard up for six months. As of Saturday evening, the Burrows has raised over $28,000.

The fundraiser and billboard have gone viral since receiving media attention on Friday. In the 24 hours after Friday, the fundraiser received over 400 new donations, with donors from around the country. Comments on the fundraiser show donors from outside of Missouri in places such as California, Arkansas, Pennsylvania and Guam.

In the description of the fundraiser, Burrows said she chose to put up a billboard because "voice and images matter."

"I didn't think it was fair and even though it's everyone's right to express their opinion and free speech which I respect," Burrows said. "I don't want that flag to speak for me."

Mary Ratliff, president of the Columbia NAACP chapter, commends Burrow for standing up in what she believes.

"If I were to speak to her, I would tell her how courageous it was for her to do this thing, and how much it means to how much it can mean to the community for her to be standing up there and letting folks know that this is not the way that all the people in the area feel," Ratliff said.

The flag is on private property, so no one can make the owner take it down.

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Hannah joined the ABC 17 News Team from Houston, Texas, in June 2021. She graduated from Texas A&M University. She was editor of her school newspaper and interned with KPRC in Houston. Hannah also spent a semester in Washington, D.C., and loves political reporting.

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34 Comments

  1. Did you know the Confederate army was integrated, and the US army was segregated? Yes, there were a substantial number of blacks voluntarily in the Confederate army.

    1. Wow… slavery is a good thing crowd really for it’s act together

      They even say it’s integrated… We’re you homeschooled?

      Because you have no idea what you are talking about junior

      You remind me of junior and his daddy…

      There’s no way, *no* way that you came from *my* loins. Soon as I get home, first thing I’m gonna do is punch yo mamma in da mouth!

      Confederate government wanted to enslave people

      Color of skin
      Debt
      And maybe just because it made them feel good about themselves

      GFY

  2. I’ve seen that flag. It is surrounded by a razor wire fence to keep the anti-Free Speech crowd from taking it down. How sad that so many liberals are ready to silence anyone who does not agree with them. Liberals used to be the first to protect Freedom of Speech. Not anymore.

    1. No one is trying to take away your “freedom.” Be as hateful, bigoted, and ignorant as you want. Just don’t expect other people to hold the megaphone for you.

  3. Thank God we still have the Second Amendment to protect the First. Someone wake up President* Biden and tell him we don’t need nuclear bombs or F-15s either.

  4. I live by this flag and never once have felt it is offensive. The flag doesnt stand for racism or slaves. It stands for going against a tyrannical government. Maybe that’s why the owner put it up after the big lie in November and the big lie in January?

    1. well, that’s an ignorant take.

      how could a flag flown by an army fighting to own people as livestock and then resurrected to counter civil rights be anything but a symbol of racism?

  5. So Harry D, based on your comments I’m sure you support the free speech symbolism of kneeling during the national anthem to protest police violence against black people, right?

    1. Kneel all you want, just don’t block public streets while you do it.

      Kneeling during the National Anthem is certainly free speech. I always support millionaires who have been wronged by the systemically racist society.

  6. “The red represents the blood of Christ. The white border represents the protection of God. The blue ‘X’ represents the Christian cross of Saint Andrew, the first disciple of Christ Jesus and patron Saint of Scotland. The 13 stars represent the 13 Southern states of succession.” just so it’s clear! For those misusing the symbol and those misjudging

  7. Great story – but there’s no need to treat every viewpoint as valid.

    The confederate flag is a sign of violence and hate. Period.

    Anyone claiming it has other meaning is at best being naive. Further, no other claimed meaning changes that the flag is a symbol of violence and hate.

    1. The symbols of “hands up don’t shoot” is based on a lie. Anyone claiming it was based on facts is at best being naive but more likely they are anti-American socialists pushing an agenda. The media and useful liberals pushed this narrative as hard as they could until the facts came out.

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