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Protesters, counter-protesters gather in Branson, discuss Confederate flag

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Published: Jun. 21, 2020 at 10:10 PM CDT
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The Branson Strip served as a divider Sunday, separating two groups who protested over the Confederate Flag.

"This is a symbol that hurts other people," said event organizer, Faith Pittser.

"We're here to support our rights, our flag and our heritage," said counter-proteser, Sara Houston.

Dozens protesting against it are outraged that a Branson tourist shop, Dixie Outfitters, has the Confederate Flag on their sign.

"This isn't the first year people have been wanting change to remove Dixie Outfitters. We want voices to be heard," said Pittser.

Across the street, counter-protesters say the flag is a part of history.

"I don't think they need to change at all. It's about heritage not hate," said Houston.

But from Anthony Anderson's perspective, he said it's disrespectful.

"If people do their homework and educate themselves, they'll know what the Confederate War was fought over, what the war broke out from and why two sides collided. When they come to that realization, they'll know why that flag is disrespectful," said protestor, Anthony Anderson.

The Confederate Flag wasn't the only message protestors were voicing their opinions over, but also racial equality following the death of George Floyd last month.

"Not only is Black people shot down and accused of something they didn't commit. It's happening to all races, but when it comes down to it, we've been through so much oppression as our skin tone," Anderson said.

"If it was a white guy that go killed by a cop. Would they be protesting the same way? If they're going to do it for a black guy, they have to do it for a white guy. Equal protest," counter-proteser, Donald Edwards.

"Wake up Branson. Wake up," said Anderson.

We did speak with the owners of Dixie Outfitters and they refused to go on camera, but they said they're not taking down their flags.

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