"Some Georgians persist in believing that the pride of the south is better defined by a symbol of defiance and intolerance: the Confederate Battle Flag, which was imposed on our state flag in 1956. Of all the arguments that have been to keeping this flag, the most infuriating to me is the contention that if we don't, we will somehow forget the sacrifices made by those who fought for the confederacy. It has nothing to do with the bravery of the confederate troops. It is clear the flag was changed in 1956 to identify Georgia with the dark side of the confederacy. That desire to deprive some Americans of their equal rights that have a birth right of all Americans. And yes, the determination to destroy the United States if necessary to achieve that goal. The legislators who voted to change the flag in 1956 were prepared to defy the supremacy clause of the U.S. constitution. They were prepared to eliminate our public schools in order to maintain segregated schools, segregated public transportation, segregated drinking fountains. We have long since repudiated every element of those shameful 1956 days of defiance except for the flag they created. We now proudly send our sons and even our daughters abroad to defend the United States of America yet we maintain as a symbol of our state, a flag that challenges the very existence of the United States of America. And a flag that exhibits pride of the enslavement of our ancestors"
1993 State State Miller Georgia Flag | Video | C-SPAN.org