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Local group plans rally to support confederate flag

Amarillo, TX - Members of an Amarillo group said they will stand up for their rights this coming Sunday by hosting a rally to support the confederate flag.

The group says the rally is a message of heritage, not hate, but it's not just the rally that has people concerned. "Fly Your Flag" Sunday is intended to bring together all groups of people to fly the confederate flag, Texas flag, and U.S. flag.

"We're tired of the liberals trying to say our flag is hatred and racist, which is far from it," James Roberts, organizer for "Fly Your Flag," said. "You know, 1860s we battled for our rights and now they're trying to take our rights away again."

This may come off harsh, but Roberts said his message isn't about causing problems. In fact, after talking with multiple residents, most said the rally doesn't really bother them, and that's people of all races.

"We're losing our freedom and freedom of speech, and freedom to express yourself is wonderful," Bob Lile of Lile Art Gallery said. "Whether I agree with you or not, that doesn't mean we can't be friends. Whether you're right, I'm left, whichever, we can still be friends although we disagree."

The other people opposed didn't feel comfortable going on camera considering the controversy. But this isn't the only thing making people uncomfortable, it was the fact the rally is asking for toy donations which will be donated to Toys for Tots, a national organization.

The people we spoke with today in no means represent the opinion of all residents in Amarillo.

Toys For Tots is in no way affiliated with the event.

For more about the rally, visit this link. It begins at 1 p.m. at John Stiff park this Sunday. https://www.facebook.com/events/918277118218530/

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