Henrietta residents voice concerns of Confederate flag in storefronts

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WICHITA FALLS (KFDX KJTL) -—As race tensions in America continue to rise Some Henrietta residents are voicing their opinion about Confederate flags being displayed in stores.

In the close-knit community of Henrietta, some residents have growing concerns over Confederate flags hanging in storefronts. One Henrietta couple said people have reached out to make sure they’re safe.

“With us being a couple, people are concerned for our safety and people from our church reached out and we even had a Sunday school lesson on the Confederate flags and the removal of monuments,” Clay Co. resident Dwaymon Baysinger said.

Dwaymon Baysinger said Henrietta’s community is one that accepted them the first day and they don’t want travelers to get the wrong impression. Others in the community agree.

“After all that’s been going on, makes me feel ashamed cause that’s, not the town I feel like I grew up in and it feels racially charged cause it’s happening at the same time this Black Lives Matter movement is going on,” Clay Co. resident Lorna Franke said.

Shirley Baysinger said she is hurting for her husband and being an interracial couple she was surprised by this message.

It makes me sad because honestly, I didn’t realize how much there was to the hate,” Clay Co.-resident Shirley Baysinger said. “Reading through some Facebook posts it kind of surprises you how some people feel.”

Dwaymon said he believes communication with one another is key to come to a mutual understanding.

“I believe if anybody would sit down and have an intellectual, open, and no political correctness and just sit down and talk and get to know where the other person is coming from that would make a world difference,” Baysinger said.

A difference the Baysinger’s and other residents of Henrietta could understand, in a community they love.

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