ORLANDO, FL – A firefighter in Orange County, Florida has an ax to grind with those who think the confederate flag represents racism.
Jonathan Holton, the son of an Assistant Fire Chief, painted a department ax with the confederate flag to “touch it up.” Supposedly, no other firefighters noticed the specially decorated equipment until battling a house fire with another station. An African-American lieutenant (with the other station) noticed the rebel flag ax in the front yard. He removed it before the African-American homeowner – who was already upset because his house was burning down – could see it.
Holton denied being racist and said the flag represents “small town roots and core values of family and hard work.” Maybe to him, but to many African-Americans, the Southern Cross is a hateful symbol of slavery, segregation and the Ku Klux Klan.
Holton didn’t get the ax but he was given a slap on the wrist with an unpaid, 12 hour suspension. If nothing else, he probably learned not to share his opinions on county property.