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.

Published in: on April 5, 2011 at 10:08 pm  Comments (4)  
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Shame on the NAACP

All the SCV wants is to be able to celebrate and honor our ancestors, yet, groups like the NAACP, refuse to show the least bit of tolerance.

BELLMEAD- A dedication ceremony for a Confederate flag and monument to honor soldiers who fought for the confederacy is sparking controversy among residents and community leaders.

Dozens gathered along Interstate 35 in Bellmead, north of Waco, for the ceremony Saturday afternoon. The dedication was meant to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Texas joining the Confederacy.

McLennan County residents who supported the Confederacy as well as members of the group, “Sons of Confederate Veterans” say the monument and the battle flag are meant to honor the legacy and past of the Confederate soldiers. However, others say all it honors is hatred.

“It represents slavery, it represents oppression, it represents hypocrisy. It represents everything that the union fought, or the nation fought to get rid of,” said McLennan County Commissioner, Lester Gibson.

“Slavery was an issue, but the thing about it is only four percent of the soldiers that fought owned slaves, so my question back to those people is why did the other 96 percent put their life on the line? It all goes back to because someone attacks your homeland and you have a rifle in your hand, you shoot at ’em, simple as that,” said Charles Oliver, Commander for Waco’s Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Oliver says those who came out for the celebration all understand what the battle flag stands for and why those soldiers fought for the Confederacy. He says the flag should remind people of the Civil War and those who sacrificed their lives.

“My ancestors that fought died for this battle flag right here. If you cut open a vein on me this blood comes out of my wrist here. I’m a third generation Confederate soldier.”

Still, others like Commissioner Gibson believe it’s all a past that shouldn’t be celebrated.

“I’m a descendent of slaves. I am 61-years-old and I understand what segregation and Jim Crowe is.”

While the Confederate battle flag is often thought of as a symbol of hate, Oliver says it’s simply just misunderstood.

“The Texas flag that you see here, that’s a Confederate battle flag. Our people have the same feeling against that flag that they have against the St. Andrews flag, so you can look at it that way.”

“We’re supposed to be Americans under one flag. It’s not representing America at all and especially not Texas,” said Pastor Larry Brown of the Waco NAACP.

The group did have to get permission to fly the flags. Both the flag and the monument are on private property. Therefore, despite the division the two have already caused, community leaders say there is nothing they can do about it.

“They have a right to assembly, they have a right of speech, but at the same time it’s a repressive idea that is bad for McLennan County,” said Gibson.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans say they hope the display will raise questions by the thousands of people who drive by them every day. They want to teach others about their past and what the confederate soldiers stood for.

“Our main purpose as the sons and daughters is to keep alive the good name of the Confederate soldier and that’s exactly what we are going to do,” said Oliver.

The ceremony in Bellmead is also part of a much larger program called “Flags Across the South.” The purpose of the program is to fly flags across the South on private properties. The organization says they also plan on putting up flags in different parts of Central Texas, including Fletcher Cemetery of Highway 77 and off Highway 281, south of Lampassas.

It gets so old doesn’t it? The same old tired attacks, the same old tired rhetoric. Our heritage deserves to be treated with respect, not used as a tool to divide, and not to be used as a political football~!

Published in: on March 10, 2011 at 12:06 am  Leave a Comment  

First they came for Robert E. Lee…………

Could George Washington be far behind? Apparently not!

Yesterday all across America, there were celebrations commemorating and celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. One such commemoration occurred on the state house steps in Columbia South Carolina, where the NAACP used the holiday to not only commemorate the King holiday, but they also utilized the holiday to march to the state house steps to protest the continued presence of the Confederate flag being flown on state property at the Confederate Memorial.

Rally draws 1,200 to State House

Marchers once again took on the Confederate flag during Monday’s King Day at the Dome rally, but they also spoke out against the 150th anniversary of South Carolina’s secession and legislative proposals to cut state spending on education and pass tougher anti-illegal immigration laws.

On a side note, something else occurred on the state house steps of South Carolina yesterday. Something that seems to have completely escaped the notice of the majority of media in America. It too was a part of the protest and it was a backdrop to the speakers present to deliver their speeches as part of the NAACP protest. But no one seems to have taken much notice of it and it seems to have been completely overlooked by most everyone in the media involved in covering the protest in South Carolina. See if you can spot what occurred.

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Flanked by (L)Edward Dubose and (R) Dr. Lonnie Randolph, Jr., Rev. William Barber, III instructs the crowd to insist and continue to fight until South Carolina takes down the Confederate flag from the State House grounds. Hundreds of people attended the prayer service, march and rally at the State House, Monday morning at the annual King Day at the Dome event. (photos by Kim Kim Foster-Tobin kkfoster@thestate.com) – Kim Kim Foster-Tobin/kkfoster@th/The State

Perhaps a different angle will help… This view was taken from behind the speakers podium.

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In case you are having trouble figuring it out, here is the caption for the last photograph.

The monument of George Washington was concealed from the crowd during the King Day at the Dome rally. Hundreds of people attended the prayer service, march and rally at the State House, Monday morning at the annual King Day at the Dome event. (photos by Kim Kim Foster-Tobin kkfoster@thestate.com) – Kim Kim Foster-Tobin/kkfoster@th/The State

Someone at the rally reported that there was concern that Washington’s statue might “offend” someone. So, if it might, even possibly offend “someone” we must cover it up, erase it, delete it, silence it hide it, abolish it…………..

Yet another blow to our historical heritage.