Here they go again

Those who define themselves as sensitive, and inclusive, too often seek to exclude certain elements. Southerners who dare show any pride in their Confederate ancestors are a often a target of such “tolerance” as this story illustrates

ANDERSON COUNTY, TX (KLTV) – Many Texas Courthouses fly both the American and Texas flags, but the Anderson County Courthouse in Palestine now flies three. The third flag is the first Confederate flag. Anderson County Commissioners voted Monday to approve flying the flag. They declared April Confederate History and Heritage Month to honor those who fought the Civil War.

But, not everyone feels the flag represents just history.

The Anderson County Commissioners passed the Confederate History Resolution vote March 28th. So, today they kicked off the History and Heritage month by letting the Sons Of Confederate Veterans raise the first Confederate Flag, also known as the Stars and Bars, as a remembrance. Palestine NAACP President Kenneth Davidson, a Vietnam Veteran, doesn’t think of that flag that way.

He said,” I did not fight for this flag. This flag was hung over my people as they were hung. This flag was flying. So, how can you celebrate this and say this is for education for me. It’s not.”

Ronnie Hatfield with the Sons Of Confederate Veterans said,” I disagree with their view and what I see is a problem of lack of education. Not on their part because that’s all the schools offer is a biased point of education and a lot of the things that were truthful about the war are left out. And, when I was in school, U.S. History book had a whole chapter dedicated to the war in the states, and as it is today, there may be four pages.”

Davidson said,” I respect the United States flag and the Texas flag. I do not respect this flag. I served for the United States flag, I served for the Texas Flag. I served my country, but I did not serve for the Confederate flag. So, I had to turn my back because I do not respect this flag.”

Doug Smith, Palestine resident said,” We’re not conveying anything about a cause or anything like that, we’re simply honoring those that fought for what they believed in back in those days.”

“I just wish that the city of Palestine would come together as a community because this is going to start a lot more discrimination and hatred here because this flag is flying for a whole month,” Davidson added.

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Let this serve as an example to anyone who thinks the SCV dumping the battle flag in favor of the First National would in any way sate those who are constantly demeaning our ancestors. The flag in Anderson is the First national, and it is under attack, we must never back down from the bullies, we must support our heritage and seek to educate those who might find offense in that heritage.

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Published in: on April 5, 2011 at 10:08 pm  Comments (4)  
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A victory in Florida

Good news from my native sate

Confederate Group Wins Florida License Plate Skirmish in Federal Court

Judge calls legislative interference in issuing specialty tags unconstitutional

By: Kenric Ward March 31, 2011

Florida Confederate license plate

In a decision that could affect the issuance of future specialty license plates in Florida, a federal judge overturned the state’s rejection of a Confederate tag. Judge John Antoon said the state acted unconstitutionally in rejecting a specialty plate for the Sons of Confederate Veterans. The group had paid the requisite fees and complied with all conditions applicable to the sale of the tag, but the Legislature blocked its issuance.

“By placing unfettered discretion in the hands of government officials to grant or deny access to a public forum, section 320.08053, Florida Statutes, creates a threat of censorship that by its very existence chills free speech,” wrote Antoon, a judge in the Middle District of Florida. “This threat of censorship is heightened when the speech at issue is controversial, as it is in this case. Indeed, the fact that the speech is controversial strikes at the very heart of First Amendment protections,” the judge stated.

“Accordingly, because section 320.08053 (2009) implicates private speech rights and provides the Legislature with unfettered discretion to engage in viewpoint discrimination when declining to approve a specialty license plate application, it is unconstitutional under the overbreadth doctrine.” Orlando attorney Fred O’Neal, who represented the SCV, said in an e-mail: “We had hoped the judge would have ordered the DMV to issue our plate directly (i.e., without legislative approval) or, in the alternative, to shut the door for everyone else by declaring the statute creating the approval process unconstitutional (i.e., if we can’t get our plate issued, then no one should be able to get a plate issued). The judge went with the latter.”

John Adams, head of the Florida SCV, said Confederate license plates have been issued in nearly a dozen other states, including two versions in Virginia. A survey by the SCV indicated that as many as 30,000 Floridians would purchase the plate. Adams criticized the Florida Legislature for “arbitrary and capricious” action in rejecting the SCV tag, which had received administrative approval from the Department of Motor Vehicles. A state report signaled trouble back in 2004 when it was suggested that legislative involvement could politicize the process — a problem identified in Judge Antoon’s decision.

“I’m working the phones to get this [plate] amended onto another license plate bill. Ultimately, the rest of this statute has to get cleaned up,” Adams said.

Published in: on April 1, 2011 at 12:21 am  Leave a Comment