Pentagon May Ban Confederate Flag From Bases Without Directly Naming It to Avoid Clash With Trump

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Some US military services have already barred public display of the flag over concerns that it inflames racial tension and damages unit cohesion. A military-wide policy is still in the works, and is likely to draw ire of President Donald Trump, who has defended the display of Confederate symbols amid protests from racial justice activists.

The US Defence Department is considering a new policy on displaying flags at military facilities that would ban the use of the Confederate flag without actually singling out its name, The Associated Press reports, citing US officials.

The officials said that the plan, which has yet to be finalised, would list the types of acceptable flags that may be displayed at military installations. The Confederate battle flag would not be mentioned among them.

The apparent idea is to prohibit its display while avoiding confrontation with President Donald Trump, who has vehemently rejected the removal of Confederate symbols from public view.

CNN reported on 6 July that the Pentagon had already drafted a policy document to ban the Confederate flag from being displayed at military bases. It had yet to be formally approved and undergo military legal personnel review, according to the report.

Recent racially-charged social unrest in the United States has targeted Confederate symbols, which protesters perceive to glorify racism, hatred, and xenophobia.

Racial justice activists have been tearing down statues of Confederate…

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