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We warmly welcome the outright condemnation by the executive of Cork GAA County Board of the use of the Confederate flag and the executive’s request to Cork supporters to refrain from flying this flag in all GAA stadia.
We further welcome the recent decision of the Cork County Council to confiscate a Confederate flag from flying from a public utility in Charleville. In doing so, we acknowledge its racist origins and its contemporary power to offend.
The Confederate flag remains a potent symbol of oppression and subjugation of African American women and men by white supremacists and as a consequence has no place in our national games.
We are proud of the GAA as an amateur, community-based and for the most part voluntary
The GAA here in Cork, as elsewhere, has a unique and distinguished place in the social and cultural life of this country. In this place, a divisive and racist symbol does not belong.
Nothing justifies the presence of the Confederate flag at our games.
We commend the County Board for its stance.
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