The Bank of America in Spartanburg, South Carolina, has lost the money from the Cherokee County Council that it had in accounts. The reason that the Bank of America lost the money was that it refused to allow flags to be flown in front of its bank. The flags were for a fallen Marine killed in Afghanistan, Lance Cpl. Chris Fowlkes. The flags that were being flown were in front of the Bank of America on the sidewalk.
Brenda Earls put some flags on the drive where the fallen soldier’s grandparents lived. She also put some downtown ands some were placed in front of the Bank of America. These flags were not on the bank’s property but on public property.
Bank of America bank manager Brandy Tate took it upon herself to remove the flags in front of the bank.
The important thing is to hear her reason for doing it. She said that she was afraid that the flag would offend some customers. You mean the American Flag is a possible embarrassment? I say the Bank of America is.
The Cherokee County Council not only closed their accounts with the Bank of America but is enlisting the support of other entities to pull their money out as well.
Only one council member had questions and he wanted to know if there were costs to closing the accounts. He was quickly silenced by another council member who said that how could you talk about costs when the Marine paid the ultimate price.
Some people don’t like the idea of a government body taking action against a private business.
If you were around in the 1960s you know that Dr. Martin Luther King used several methods to drive his point home. One was to stop being a customer of a business that was prejudicial in their dealings. He was often backed up by one of several government organizations.
My children went to a private school because the public school that we would have had to send them to was failing in their mission.
When our oldest son started at the school had programs for all different religions. Further, had someone wanted to have a group represented that wasn’t they would have accommodated them.
Thirteen years later by the time our youngest son left the school, the only program that had been discontinued was the Christmas program because it was "offensive" to too many people.
Sometimes decisions are wrong to act "politically" and sometimes they are right. The Cherokee County Council is right.