A criminal case involving the confederate flag this holiday week has received a shocking update. A Florida woman believed to have slipped a confederate flag on the desk of a black colleague at work has recently admitted she did in fact commit the act after previously denying the accusations. According to The Epoch Times this Friday, December 25, 2015, the 58-year-old woman may now face a prison sentence of up to five years.
While many families and friends are enjoying the holiday season with their loved ones this week, one woman is being forced to confront the consequences of her actions. U.S. Attorney A. Lee Bentley released a statement shortly before Christmas Eve confirming that the suspect in the confederate flag case earlier this year, Susan Thompson, pleaded guilty to putting the controversial flag in the workspace of her colleague when he was away from his desk. She was said to have printed off a copy of the flag at home, and then put it on the desk.
Thompson, a white woman, was an employee at the Army Corps of Engineers office in Jacksonville, Florida. She reportedly had an antagonistic relationship with her black co-worker that had been going on for quite some time. The details of their dispute remain unclear at this time. Their personal and professional issues apparently came to a head when Thompson decided to slip the confederate flag on her desk back in June. She apparently did so less than a week after nine victims were killed in a “historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina,” the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, said the press release from The Epoch Times.
In a report provided by The Root this week, Dylann Roof—a white man that had taken photos with the confederate flag before the attack—was charged with the heinous crime. The investigation into the most recent incident has been ongoing for the past six months. Prosecutors have stated that investigators met and interviewed with Thompson on more than one occasion, and she lied to them twice during interrogation. In the interim, the 58-year-old woman has resigned from her position at the Army Corps of Engineers office. She has since admitted that she was the one who had, in fact, been involved in the act.
Thompson now faces a potential five years behind bars over the incident. Many accusations from the public have arisen claiming that the move was ethnically driven and based on past prejudices, but Thompson continues to maintain that her act was not “racially motivated,” says the press release. This is certainly not the first time the controversial confederate flag has been the source of disagreement or turmoil among the American people.
The modern flag has never been recognized as a national flag or official symbol of the Confederate States of America as a country, but it is commonly associated with the Southern United States. The flag is also referred to as the Dixie flag, the Southern Cross, and the rebel flag. It remains a seriously contended representation in U.S., with some viewing it as a symbol of southern pride and history, while others allege the flag continues to signify racism.