Photo: Las Cruces Tea Party and Confederate Flag
Yes, the Las Cruces, New Mexico Tea Party display of the Confederate flag is “contrary to what 99% of the people think” but that didn’t stop the parade float with the flag from winning an award.
The quote of displeasure came from Mayor Ken Miyagishima to Las Cruces Sun-News in reaction to the local Tea Party’s award-winning float at the popular Las Electric Light Parade. In addition parade sponsors are disavowing knowing anything about the Tea Party ‘s float decorations. Others are circulating a petition so that the City can denounce the float and withdraw the $1,000 cash prize. Thus far the city has received 4,800 emails complaining about the float.
The parade judges, according to Las Cruces Sun-News, claim to not have seen the Confederate flag during the nighttime parade. They were awarded for their light display not the float content, they claim.
In their defense the Las Cruces Tea Party says its use of the flag was justified since it was part of New Mexico’s history – something disputed by local historians. The flags of Mexico and Spain were not on display though New Mexico at one time in its history was a part of those countries. Tea Partiers claim the Mexican flag got shredded and the Spanish flag never came in the mail.
The Party continues to defend itself from criticism that they are divisive and racist and no mention if they plan on returning the award money.