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A Tompkins County woman involved in a custody case has been ordered by appellate judges in Albany to remove a stone painted with a Confederate flag from her property. Otherwise, she may risk custody of her multiracial daughter.
The appellate judges unanimously decided to give the wife and father joint custody of the girl, who was born in 2014 and attends elementary school in the Dryden Central School District. However, circumstances could change if the stone is not removed by June 1st.
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“Given that the child is a mixed race, it seems obvious that the presence of the flag is not in the best interests of the child as the mother must encourage and teach the child to adopt his or her mixed race identity rather than being into it a world to bump into that only makes sense through the tortured lens of cognitive dissonance, “the court documents say. “Furthermore, and pragmatically, the presence of the Confederate flag is a symbol that ignites the already strained relationship between the parties.”
Attorney Jason Leifer, the child’s legal guardian, told the Albany Times-Union he believed the woman recently moved into the house and does not know if she was responsible for the rock near her driveway. Even so, he agreed with the judiciary’s reasoning.
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