Confederate flag painted over at Mobile’s McGill-Toolen Catholic High School
McGill-Toolen Catholic High School in Mobile has bowed to public pressure by painting over a Confederate flag on the ceiling of the school’s entrance foyer, replacing it with the state flag of Alabama.
The Archdiocese of Mobile’s immediate action follows an online petition calling for the removal of the flag, which has become the focus of continued protest after the death of George Floyd May 25 and the subsequent activism that has taken place across Alabama and the country.
The petition, which had just over 6,000 signatures Tuesday afternoon, said the flag was a “a symbol of institutionalized hatred and systemic racism” that “goes against our Catholic faith.”
“At McGill-Toolen Catholic where we emphasize God’s love for everyone, we must not have a symbol of hate for ANYONE in the school, especially as one of the first things that someone might see when walking in,” said the online statement from Oriana Murphy. “The confederate flag is a symbol of institutionalized hatred and systemic racism, which totally goes against our Catholic faith. It is important to make sure that our school not only preaches about love and inclusiveness, but also reflects these beliefs in our hallways. We must take every effort in our community to make sure that all of us live in an environment where we are all respected equally.”
In a statement Tuesday, the private school said:
“Because the Confederate flag has become such a polarizing symbol, offensive to many, we have considered what should be done to the mural ...
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