DALLAS — In a new campaign for its “Dakota People’s History” project, the state’s largest newspaper is running an ad promoting the Confederate flag, which has drawn ire from local officials and activists.
The ad is titled “Dont Hide from History.”
It is scheduled to run for two weeks in the Dallas Post, the newspaper’s flagship paper, and in local newsstands and in the newspaper app, as well as on local television.
The spot, which was produced by the Dakotas American Newspaper Association, features a young woman standing in front of a Confederate flag.
“There is a big Confederate flag right here in Dallascountry,” the woman says, before pointing to a photo of a soldier who died during the Civil War.
“I think that flag has some value in society, I think that symbolizes freedom,” the ad says.
“But I think it also represents racism.”
It also highlights the newspaper association’s campaign to ban Confederate symbols from statehouses, saying, “It’s not a question of the Confederate symbols being too prominent.
It’s about whether the symbols are being used to incite violence.”
The ad, titled “Don’t Hide from the History,” is scheduled for two days in the Post.
The newspaper association said it is running a similar ad in the paper’s app.
It is unclear whether the Confederate flags will be allowed to be displayed in the Capitol.
On Saturday, South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard, who has faced criticism for his handling of the crisis, signed a bill banning the Confederate battle flag.
The bill also prohibits anyone from taking down any of the state government buildings in the state.
The state’s governor said he did not support removing the flag.
North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple, a Democrat, has said he has concerns about the flag being used in protests.
He said he will veto any legislation that would remove it.
“The flag of the Confederacy has been around since the time of the Civil war,” Dalryk said in a statement.
“We must not let it become a symbol of hatred and oppression.”
Daugard has said the flag should be allowed in public spaces.