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NY Post: How a confederate flag painted on a rock could cost a mom her kid

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A New York mother has been ordered to dispose of a rock near her driveway bearing a small Confederate flag or risk losing custody of her mixed race child.

The New York Post reports one mother is “caught between a rock and an appellate court” and they mean that quite literally. An upstate New York woman who is the mother of a mixed-race child is being threatened in court that she could lose her child, and it may come down to an actual rock.

The mother, identified in court documents as Christie, has been fighting over custody of her 7-year-old daughter with the father. Christie has a small rock near her driveway with a painted Confederate flag on it and has been told she needs to get rid of the rock or “risk losing custody of her mixed-race child – even though a family court judge didn’t consider it to be an issue when it was raised during the trial” reports the Post.

Judges with the Appellate Division’s Third Department in Albany released a ruling Thursday which stated:

“Given that the child is of mixed race, it would seem apparent that the presence of the flag is not in the child’s best interests, as the mother must encourage and teach the child to embrace her mixed-race identity, rather than thrust her into a world that only makes sense through the tortured lens of cognitive dissonance.”

The judges added the presence of the confederate flag” when “viewed pragmatically…is a symbol inflaming the already strained relationship between the parties.” They ruled that the rock must be removed by June 1 or “its continued presence shall constitute a change in circumstances” which means the parents’ custody battle could be revisited and “Family Court shall factor this into any future best interests analysis.”

In an unfortunate event that judges are using a symbol on a rock to determine a mother’s custody capabilities, the lawyer representing the child said the appellate judges have “pulled something out of a hat” because the rock was never an issue in the parents’ disagreements prior.

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8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Bebe Forester

    May 10, 2021 at 2:46 pm

    the tortured lens of hate and communism of the judge….

  2. jon c

    May 10, 2021 at 3:15 pm

    More gov’t over reach. this appears to be a 1 st Amendment issue.

  3. Warren Walter

    May 10, 2021 at 3:37 pm

    A pathetic excuse for a judge.

  4. Linda

    May 10, 2021 at 4:13 pm

    my house my flag custody of children should have nothing to do with it

  5. MARK CARTER

    May 11, 2021 at 7:05 am

    TELL THEM IT IS A PET ROCK ..AND IS PROTECTED UNDER ENDANGERED ANIMALS OR SOME OTHER ANIMAL RIGHTS ORG…

    • Mary

      May 12, 2021 at 8:35 pm

      The rock has faded red paint and the blue stripe with the white stars looks like a cross. This must be an old pet rock. For heavens sake, it’s just a rock.

  6. Ari

    May 13, 2021 at 10:33 am

    Yeah I can see why the black father doesn’t want his child living here. The Confederacy fought for their State’s Rights to keep black people bonded in slavery and hold the white race as superior.

    • Alex

      June 10, 2021 at 8:12 pm

      Someone’s blind.

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