Ed Hansen, West St. Paul City Council member, flies Confederate flag at home

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We're sure Ed Hansen's black constituents love his Confederate flag.
Ed Hansen has a Confederate flag displayed from the back deck of his West St. Paul house.

Normally, that probably wouldn't be newsworthy, but Hansen isn't just any Joe Shmoe -- he's a City Council member in the suburban town, located in Dakota County directly south of St. Paul. He also owns Rocco's Pizza in Little Canada.

West St. Paul's mayor and some of Hansen's neighbors are upset about the flag, but he has no plans to take it down, characterizing the decision to fly the stars-and-bars as free speech.

Hansen, 41, has been conservative on taxes and spending since being elected to the West St. Paul council in 2010. He began flying the flag last summer, and told the Pioneer Press that "what I choose to do [at home] does not represent the city." West St. Paul is 87 percent white and just under 3 percent black.

"It represents sovereignty, individual rights, and individual liberty," Hansen said. "It's my free speech, and that's my choice."

Despite the flag's association with slavery, Hansen claims he's not a racist.

"I'm not a racist, and I don't think it's racist," he told the PiPress, adding that "people like to play the race card, though, when they don't get their way."
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In a classy touch, the word "redneck" is printed above Hansen's back-deck stars and bars, visible to cars on Butler Avenue.

A home builder across the street from Hansen said a prospective buyer decided to look elsewhere after seeing the flag at Hansen's house. For his part, Mayor John Zanmiller said he asked Hansen to take down the flag to no avail.

"I reached out to Mr. Hansen and asked him to remove the flag... because it does not represent West St. Paul or what we stand for," Zanmiller said. "The decision is entirely his to remove it. That's about all I can do."

Remember Neal Carlson, the St. Francis high school student who was recently banned from school because he refused to cover up his stars-and-bars triceps tat? It sounds like there's a West St. Paul home on the 1100 block of Felix Street he might be interested in. And if he needs a job, presumably Hansen would have little problem hiring him at Rocco's Pizza -- assuming Hansen shows his true colors at work.

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Robert
Robert

I testified at the City of West Saint Paul Council meeting on 2/13/12 about the obnoxiousness of Ed Hansen's display of the Confederate States of America's (CSA) battle flag known as the Stars and Bars.  I pointed out that as a Symbol - the Stars and Bars battle flag represents a cause to overthrow the Government of the United States of American with Force and Violence - which is a clear violation of the Alien Registration Act of 1940, also known as the Smith Act of 1940.

This Symbol - representing the overthrow of the American Government - by force and violence – is responsible for the deaths of about 650,000 innocent Americans - which is more American deaths than ALL of the other wars that America has been involved in since 1776 !!!!

I asked that 4 actions come out of my testimony - 1.) That Mr. Hansen remove the display of the CSA battle flag; 2.) That Mr. Hansen issue a public apology to the residents of West Saint Paul; 3.) That the City Council begin censorship procedures against Mr. Hansen; and 4.) That the City Council begin a Grand Jury investigation into any and all Subversive Activities that Mr. Hansen may be involved in.

I consider that Mr. Hansen's pride in the display of the CSA battle flag - is a clear symbolic act of advocating the overthrow of the American Government by force and violence - a subversive act - that is also a violation of the Smith Act of 1940. About 215 subversive Communists, Trotskyites, and Fascists have been convicted under the Smith act - and these subversive folk have paid fines and gone to prison for these subversive activities. Mr. Hansen's subversive activities need a full investigation !!!

Robert Allen - a resident in Ward 1 of West Saint Paul, Mn - the ward that Mr. Hansen does a so-called job of representing !!

joAdamo
joAdamo

The Confederate Flag has nothing to do with slavery.....Blacks and Whites fly it here in the South if they want. Yes it belongs in a museum.... It flys in the South , romanticized as a symbol of a time passed , neither bad or good.

White Libtards are NAIVE
White Libtards are NAIVE

All naive white-guilt libtard "progressives", move immediately to Detroit or Gary Indiana or Camden New Jersey and shut the fuck up.

Sam I am.
Sam I am.

They wont move there because the blacks will rape their woman and steal their property.

S. Abdul Otherwise Himself
S. Abdul Otherwise Himself

Black men don't need to 'take' anything that's readily given to them.  The average Minnesotan black male is more 'eligible' at 50 than you were at 20.  And that's if you were good looking...which, given your lack of any identifiable photo, we'd sorely doubt.

Cue outdated wailing about the only white woman who'd want an N-word blah blah blubber but just keep talking while the few who 'think' like you are outnumbered, outvoted, outbred and fade slowly into extinction.  You and the dinosaur bones at any Science Museum will have a lot in common.  Toodles!

Former Seattle Resident
Former Seattle Resident

Oh!  Oops!  I just realized that you are not a white-guilt libtard, but that you are actually black.

My sincere condolences.

White Libtards are NAIVE
White Libtards are NAIVE

Move to Detroit or Camden New Jersey or East St. Louis, you sanctimonious white-guilt libtard hypocrite.

Guy
Guy

Jesus loves you, Sam!

(and He was black)

Sam I am.
Sam I am.

And the only white woman who would want to fuck a nigger is that fat white bitch in your photo.  No white man would fuck that slut hole....even if they were drunk.....

Sam I am.
Sam I am.

Outvoted?  Wait till November, Nigger.....your class will be DONE!!  Book a trip to Kenya.....enjoy your time there with Obama and his baboon wife and niglets!!!!!

Sam I am.
Sam I am.

And the "average" black male is already in prison.

Sam I am.
Sam I am.

And you are a fag who will die of AIDS in one year.....

John Irvin
John Irvin

Im an old man. I grew up in Georgia and I tell you the confederate flag meant HATE big time in my life. Not just against black people)Thats not what we called them) but also yankee scum. We hated yankees, despised them and this guy IS one.

Sam I am.
Sam I am.

Americans are sick of "diversity".  "Diversity" has destroyed our nation. When Slavery was legal in this country, how many times did you hear about drive-by shootings and drug deals "gone wrong"?  Never.  Because these would-be criminals were kept "contained".  Now that they are "free", all they do is destroy this nation.  The sad part?  Us "whiteys" are not victims of their crimes.  They are killing their own people.  They are destroying their own race.  The black man is only being brought down....by the black man himself.

pizza
pizza

Both sides are right.

Sam I am.
Sam I am.

This article is giving Rocco's pizza in Little Canada A LOT of advertising.  I stopped in tonight and the place was PACKED.  Try the deep dish 'Za.  Its friggin' awesome!!  

donyelle
donyelle

So, does his raising the "stars and bars" mean he wants to succeed from the union, or does he want to re-constitute slavery. There are only two options here.

 I think if you want to succeed from the union, you should probably just go back to where you came from, Germany, Norway? That is what people say about other Americans who have an  anti-American sentiment, isn't it? 

If all you want is to re-establish slavery, than just say so. I'm sure there are people out there who will really appreciate your honesty. A true rebel would never hide behind a flag.

Sam I am.
Sam I am.

If we were to enact slavery again, crime would go down and we would save hundreds of millions of dollars a year not having to pay out Welfare benefits.

Just Sayin'.

Swee2th
Swee2th

Louisiana free blacks gave their reason for fighting in a letter written to New Orleans' Daily Delta: "The free colored population love their home, their property, their own slaves and recognize no other country than Louisiana, and are ready to shed their blood for her defense. They have no sympathy for Abolitionism; no love for the North, but they have plenty for Louisiana. They will fight for her in 1861 as they fought in 1814-15." As to bravery, one black scolded the commanding general of the state militia, saying, "Pardon me, general, but the only cowardly blood we have got in our veins is the white blood."  http://www.civilwarhome.com/bl... 

Roe Pressley
Roe Pressley

That said, I don't think it's wise to fly it publicly simply BECAUSE people's views of the flag and the rebellion have been distorted unfairly because history is written by the winners. But to characterize those who died fighting for what they perceived as right and moral (no, not slavery --  the constitutional right to address the government with your grievances and to rise up when your problems are not addressed!) is extremely offensive to the thousands and thousands that died.

And don't go acting like the North were 100% good guys. Ever heard of Sherman's march? Or any number of Union generals and officers who would go on to slaughter thousands of Native American women and children? History is not black and white, my friend -- no pun intended.

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

 During Sherman's march Sherman was able to use his calvary to scout out the enemy position.   Former slaves would run to the Union Army and tell them of Southern troop movements and where supplies of bullets and food were located.  This tactical advantage was a key reason Sherman's march was so successful.   The Southern cavarly was unable to provide logistical support or updates of Sherman's movements because they spent their time terrorizing freed slaves and attempting to force them back into service of their Owners.   You should learn a little about history.   I recomend Southern Storm: Sherman's March to the Sea by Noah Andre Trudeau.   I just read it because I actually know a lot about history being a well educated Minnesotan.  That book will teach you why Sherman's march was necessary.   The South had to be taught how horrible war was and that the confedracy was helpless to protect them.  His march ended the war.    If you don't like what Sherman did, don't try to keep slaves.  War is Hell and those that wage war to keep slaves are not the good guys. 

Roe Pressley
Roe Pressley

If you find the flag offensive, fine -- I won't tell you that you shouldn't. But don't jump to conclusions that everyone should see it that way and that everyone who doesn't is a racist. That's just stupid.

Mark Gisleson
Mark Gisleson

City Pages wouldn't post my comment with a link to the PiPress article on Hansen, but if you go to the Pioneer Press and search for "Ed Hansen" you'll find the article and the very heated comment debate.

Interestingly, most of Hansen's defenders seem to be from South Carolina and Texas, and have very interesting interpretations of why we had a Civil War: 1) Lincoln was a racist, 2) U.S. Grant owned a slave, 3) Yankees are all racist scum.

Very enlightening stuff, including trolls who dare criticize Hansen's critics as being part of the crowd that promotes OWS and defends GLBT students in Anoka-Hennepin. 

jww
jww

The city should make him take down that deck!  What a piece of shit.

Guy
Guy

piece of shit, yes. but no one can make him take it down. that's exactly the type of thing they want you to say.

Mike W.
Mike W.

I sure hope he is enjoying his fifteen minutes of fame.  When it is done he will go back to whatever it was he was doing before hand.  In the meantime, the rest of us are working to make the world a better place for all.  We don't need to fly a flag from our decks to prove our worth.

Peter Vader
Peter Vader

Go Ed! Treason forever!

Swee2th
Swee2th

And it's not treason when collectively act on a right which the Constitution affords you.

Roe Pressley
Roe Pressley

Yer god damn right. At least the South had the balls to do something about it, while these occupy hippies sit in their tents and smoke pot. (For the record, I support them too, but they're not going to get anything done by being pacifists)

Mark Gisleson
Mark Gisleson

The Star Tribune (Red Star?) refuses to publish a story about this as Ed Hansen is a major embarrassment to the knuckle-dragging right.

http://www.twincities.com/loca...

Read the Pioneer Press's story, then scroll through all the comments, many of which are coming from "patriots" in South Carolina and Texas who aren't shy about "educating" us Yankee scum as to the noble Confederate cause which they claim had nothing to do with slavery and everything to do with 1) Lincoln being a racist, 2) U.S. Grant owning slaves, 3) the Yankee war of aggression against the poor, poor pitiful Southern states who never did nuthin' to nobody.

Me
Me

I would like City Pages to know I find this author to be horrific.  Is there no editorial oversight on this blog?  While i am not opposed to the interjection of humor or wit into an article, this author in particular writes his articles like they are posts to his own personal blog.  I would appreciate more reporting of the facts and perhaps even the point of view or comments of community members or the relevant people in the aritcle, but i could care less about his point of view and find his remarks in all his articles to be juvenile and sometimes even insulting.  I know the city pages isnt the washington post, but this is a bit rediculous.

T Blackford
T Blackford

You have obviously gone through and pasted this post into every article the man has written. Do know that this makes you look like a lunatic, as you have said this same post verbatim on utterly normal articles. Next time you want to spam your views everywhere, make sure your keyboard is unplugged.

KM
KM

 But she "could care less".  ;)

Guy2
Guy2

When being critical someone else's writing, it would probably be a good idea to edit your own first. "Rediculous" is actually spelled "ridiculous" and "aritcle" is "article". And you are suppose to capitalize Washington Post, City Pages, and I. Just saying.

Me
Me

I would like City Pages to know I find this author to be horrific.  Is there no editorial oversight on this blog?  While i am not opposed to the interjection of humor or wit into an article, this author in particular writes his articles like they are posts to his own personal blog.  I would appreciate more reporting of the facts and perhaps even the point of view or comments of community members or the relevant people in the aritcle, but i could care less about his point of view and find his remarks in all his articles to be juvenile and sometimes even insulting.  I know the city pages isnt the washington post, but this is a bit rediculous.

Me
Me

I would like City Pages to know I find this author to be horrific.  Is there no editorial oversight on this blog?  While i am not opposed to the interjection of humor or wit into an article, this author in particular writes his articles like they are posts to his own personal blog.  I would appreciate more reporting of the facts and perhaps even the point of view or comments of community members or the relevant people in the aritcle, but i could care less about his point of view and find his remarks in all his articles to be juvenile and sometimes even insulting.  I know the city pages isnt the washington post, but this is a bit rediculous.

JG
JG

You're an idiot.  You say that the author is horrific yet you do not give an example of how that is so.  This is a blog, mind you.  I don' think that it ever said it wasn't.  You should worry more about your spelling errors than what this author thinks. (rediculous???!!!)

Guy
Guy

A confederate flag is the only thing that could make that hideous deck uglier. Obviously this guy's poor taste extends to architecture.

Whammer0411
Whammer0411

10 will get you 20 he's not from the south or has any connection with it.

Scott Drummond
Scott Drummond

He was born in Sphincter City in the great state of Asshole.  

Matthew Ellis Inman
Matthew Ellis Inman

It all boils down to one thing. Freedom of Expression.  Deal with it St. Paul, this is America.  I guess you want him to stop exercising free religion as well.  The thing is, in order to be able to express yourself freely and openly, you must learn to accept others open a free expression.  If you dont like it, move to China.  I bet you would love how they handle people with free thought over there.  GET OVER IT!!!!!  Find something worth while to complain about, like the economy...

amiller92
amiller92

He gets to display his flag, and we get to call him a douche for doing it.  That's how free expression works.

Guy
Guy

Nobody has demanded that he remove his flag (if you read the article, you'd see that the mayor "asked" him to remove it and then dropped the issue after that). We're just expressing our opinions, a principle which you claim to be in favor of. Freedom of speech means being able to say what you want without fear of being locked up, but it doesn't mean you're protected from the court of public opinion. This guy is free to fly is flag, and we're free to call him an ignorant racist asshole.

Ronald Brueske
Ronald Brueske

"This guy is free to fly is flag, and we're free to call him an ignorant racist asshole."  Once the politically correct crowd sees that he will not bow down to the racist card, then the demands will commence.

Scott Drummond
Scott Drummond

Wha, wha, wahhhhhhhhh.  Of course when he tries selling his hovel he is gonna bitch bitch bitch about any neighbor who doesn't do everything possible to beautify the hood and raise property values.  But naturally he doesn't have any such obligations to his neighbors.  As others have said..what total douchebag.  Glad he's not my neighbor.  

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