You all know the expression, “Lead, follow, or get out of the way.” When it comes to deciding what to do with the Confederate flag in front of the Walton County Courthouse in DeFuniak Springs, the BCC has decided to do none of the above.
Two years ago, the Confederate battle flag that flew in front of the courthouse was a hotly debated topic. A few residents, some of whom were descendants of men who fought for the South during the Civil War, felt the flag was a way of honoring their ancestors. Others disagreed, arguing the flag was offensive because it’s a symbol of racism and slavery. The BCC decided to replace the Confederate battle flag with another Confederate flag they thought was less offensive.
Now the issue has come up again. And what has the BCC decided to do? They decided not to decide. They think the voters should decide by a referendum.
The members of the BCC were elected to lead, but some of them don’t want take a stand on tough issues. If the decision is put to the voters in a referendum, the commissioners, especially two who are up for re-election next year, Cecilia Jones and Sara Comander, can tell the voters they had nothing to do with the flag decision, no matter which way it is decided.
If you want to be a leader, lead. If you don’t have the courage to decide, then step aside. Lead, follow, or get out of office.
Suzanne Harris, Miramar Beach