Dixie Mattress Co., the bed store with the two confederate flags out front located on the 3300 block of SE Belmont, has been bought & sold. The new owners have yet to be identified, & their plans for the long shuttered store-front are as yet unknown. The Oregonian had an article about this in yesterdays' edition, Friday April 23, 2010 Metro section page B3. The article, as typical for the corperate, slowly dying paper, was extremely bias to the point of obscene. In 2008 a decent citizen took it upon him/herself to cover up the two conferderate/klan flags with decals of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Many of you may recall this. There was NO spray paint. There was NO damage to property what so ever! Just two decals/flags with MLKs' image on it, hung over these two symbols of the Jim Crow/Aparthied South. The MLK images were easily removed with no trouble, other than a latter.
Yet, the Oregonian refers to this as VANDALISM! The sub-text to the article on April 23, reads: "The store, vandalized in '08, had neighbors questioning it's message" Does anyone else find it offensive that the big O would regard the covering of a confederate flag with MLKs' face as "vandalism"? For the record, Dixie Mattress Co. had been, more or less, closed for business for years. In the past four years, i saw the store opened ONCE, & i live in the neighborhood. According to the papers' article, the store was founded in 1968 (same year MLK was murdered by who knows who) by Carroll Perronne. In recent years, her daughters, Judy Perronne & Denise Woodward, owned & operated the store. Their excuse for the confederate signs was "it's from their Louisiana roots".
link to article: link to www.oregonlive.com