Minnesota City Councilman Weasels Out of “Redneck” CBF Fooferraw
That didn’t take long.
Ed Hansen, the West St. Paul City Council member who caught some flack over the weekend for flying a Confederate Battle Flag with the word “REDNECK” on it at his home, collapsed like a dollar-store lawn chair when faced with his constituents at a council meeting Monday night. Of course, he didn’t admit he’d made a mistake, and instead went off on a self-absorbed whinge about people being “thin-skinned and. . . so easily offended.” He also insisted that
the flag had become a distraction because people “wanted to get into debates about Civil War history.”
Funny how that happens.
Personally, I think the other Confederate-redneck-flag guy, Ken Webber in Oregon, has chosen a wrong path in (first) his refusal to remove the flag from his truck when it was parked at his private employer’s lot, and (second) in pursuing a legal case he’s likely to lose. But I’ll give Webber this much: he’s got more stones than “One-and-Done” Councilman Ed Hansen of West St. Paul, Minnesota.
Original Image Caption: “This is a question of personal liberty. It has nothing to do with racism,” said West St. Paul City Council member Ed Hansen, photographed Monday outside his home in West St. Paul. In addition to the Confederate flag hanging on his deck railing, Hansen is brandishing the Gadsden flag with a coiled rattlesnake, which has been adopted by the tea party movement. Since the photo was taken, Hansen decided to remove the Confederate flag. (Pioneer Press: Richard Marshall)