Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 15

There have been 132 Pro-Confederate Flag Rallies since the Charleston shooting.

Fort Smith Educators Oust Rebel Mascot, "Dixie" fight song.

Confederate memorials here.

Trucks flying Confederate flags interrupt black child's birthday party.

Protesters target Confederate monuments, flag.

Luke Bryan says Confederate flag has become symbol of racism.

Clark County sheriff asks fairgoers to leave Confederate flags at home.

Vikings Captain Munnerlyn glad to see Confederate flag come down in South Carolina.

Sarah Palin: Planned Parenthood logo is worse than Confederate flag.

Walton County votes to replace one Confederate flag with another.

Man shot in Indiana while allegedly flying Confederate flag from truck.Patricia Cameron's bust for grilling Confederate flag goes national.

--Old Secesh

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 14

Too many want to oversimplify the Confederate flag.

Bill that would protect monuments gets tentative approval.

After flag, what next?

Group rallies for Confederate flag.

Pentagon generals defend base names that honor white supremacy.

Ga. debates Confederate carving set in stone and state law.

Confederate flag talk stalls in House with national parks bill.

Confederate flag battle in Panhandle pits North against South.

Confederate flag selling well for local salesman.

Poll: Va. voters evenly split on Confederate flag.

Virginia voters split on Confederate license plate debate.

Confederate statue vandalized in Rockville.

Arson charged in Colorado Confederate flag burning.

These are various headlines in my recent Yahoo and Google alerts.

And the War Goes On.  --Old Secesh

Monday, July 27, 2015

North Carolina Legislature Will Have Ultimate Say in Objects of Remembrance

From the July 24, 2015, Wilmington (NC) Star-News "McCrory pressed to halt Confederate license plates" by John Moritz.

The N.C. legislature will have the ultimate say over public "objects of remembrance," including Confederate memorials under a new law signed by the governor.

Pat McCrory announced Thursday evening that he had signed a controversial historical monuments bill that had passed the House earlier in the week.  The bill's opponents, mainly Democrats, argued it would protect an unknown number of Confederate memorials in the state.

However, McCrory said he had issues with the process the bill set up for removing monuments deemed to commemorate "an event, person or military service that is part of North Carolina's history."  It would take an act by the General Assembly to remove such a monument.  (Meaning it will not be easy to do so.)

Democrats wanted local authorities and the North Carolina Historical Commission to have the that power.

I guess we can take this as one of those rare, semi-good-for-us things that happen these days.

--Old Secesh

Friday, July 24, 2015

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 13: McCrory Pressed to Halt Confederate License Plates

From the July 24, 2015, Wilmington (NC) Star-News/AP by John Morit.

The debate over the appropriateness of Confederate symbols continues in North Carolina and groups on both sides are pressuring Governor Pat McCrory to take action.

On Thursday, those groups desiring the state to stop the sale of Sons of Confederacy license plates because they feature a Confederate flag which is part of their logo, delivered a petition with more than 13,000 signatures.  They want him to use his executive authority to ha;t the sale of them.

McCrory says he wants to stop the sale of them, but says the law requires him to wait for General Assembly approval.  The General Assembly says it is the governor's call.

More than 2,000 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans license plates have been sold.

--Old Secesh

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 12

Richmond residents weigh in on the latest defacing of a Confederate memorial.

One Confederate flag no longer waving in South Elgin.

Military is OK with the Confederate flag--for now.

The Confederate flag is for losers.

Confederate flag's legacy in Jacksonville, Florida,  at center of raging debate.

NAACP petitions to remove a large Confederate flag flying next to I-95.How the Confederate flag wasn't really the national Confederate flag.Time for the Confederate flag to be retired.

Local store pulls Confederate flag merchandise.

Apple pulls Civil War games in Confederate flag takedown.

A Portsmouth city councilman wants the Confederate monument removed from downtown.

Put that flag away.

--Old Secesh

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 11

Two fired from Decatur business claim Confederate battle flag to blame.

Black backer of Confederate flagnwas anomaly in Mississippi.

Confederate monument in North Texas spray-painted with "This is racist."

Authorities investigate crash that killed black Confederate flag advocate.

Bexar County commissioners order removal of Confederate symbols.

Confederate New Orleans: An interactive monument and street map.

Tuba player Matt Buck ridicules KKK supporters at a S.C. rally.Panel eyes debate over Confederate symbols in the Capitol.

--Old Secesh

Monday, July 20, 2015

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 10

A Fort Smith, Arkansas, Wal-Mart refused to sell a $320 high school ring to a woman buying it for her nephew because his high school's mascot is a rebel holding a Confederate flag.

There is some talk about how Black Twitter helped take down the Confederate flag in South Carolina.

New Orleans "grapples" with its Confederate past.  (It sure didn't have much of a long one).  Looking into the possible relocation of four Confederate monuments as "public nuisances."  They are of Lee, Beauregard, Davis and the Battle of Liberty Place, a fight between the "White Legion" and the city's reconstruction government in 1874.  They are also thinking about renaming the Jefferson Davis Parkway.

New Orleans was one of the first Confederate cities to surrender in 1862.  Looks like they're getting ready to do it again.

--Old Secesh

Sunday, July 19, 2015

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 9

From the July 11,2015, Yahoo! News/AP "South Carolina's Confederate flag is gone, but others remain" by Kathleen Foody, Jeffrey Collins and Meg Kinnard.

Several states have taken or are considering action to remove other Confederate flags and monuments.

The flag has been banished from the Alabama Capitol grounds and federal cemeteries.

And that good old anti-Confederate Memphis is working to remove the remains and statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest from a park.

But, Confederate flags remain on license plates and makes up part of the Mississippi and Georgia state flags.

Though named after a Confederate general, Fort Bragg in North Carolina will not have its name changed.

However, Fort Bragg city in California may have to change its name.  California Senate Bill 539 requires "A name associated with the Confederate States of America shall not be used to name state or local public property prior to January, 1, 2017, the name shall be changed and any sign associated with the name shall be removed."

Getting Ridiculous.  --Old Secesh

Saturday, July 18, 2015

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 8

South Carolina State Representative Jenny Horne, a descendant of Jefferson Davis, gave a late night speech urging the flag to come down which led to the vote to remove it.

NASCAR asked fans of their recent race in Daytona Beach not to fly the Confederate flag.  They did anyway.  Good for them.

The Bonnie Blue flag, one used by Confederates, also is a point of contention.  But it has not been used as a hate symbol.  There was even some talk of replacing the S.C. flag with the Bonnie Blue, but, fortunately nothing came of it.  Then it would have become a hate flag.

Protesters in New Orleans threw a Confederate flag on a grill beneath a statue of Robert E. Lee.Someone hoisted a Confederate flag at the Tallahassee, Florida, City Hall.

Fort Fisher State Historic Site in North Carolina says it will continue to sell Confederate merchandise.  They report that sales of these items have had an uptick since the controversy began.

Good for Them.  --Old Secesh

Debate in N.C. Over Confederate Monuments-- Part 2: UNC's "Silent Sam"

The statue referred to as "Silent Sam" at UNC-Chapel Hill was also spray-painted.

There is now discussion on campus of its removal.  The statue of a Confederate soldier is dedicated to the 321 alumni who died fighting for the Confederacy commissioned by the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

Written on it were "Murderer," "KKK," and "Black Lives Matter."

It has been repeatedly vandalized over the years.

A Sad Thing.  --Old Secesh

Debate in North Carolina Over Confederate Monuments-- Part 1

From the July 6, 2015, WRAL (Raleigh, N.C.)

Some in North Carolina are not only questioning the Confederate flag but also Confederate monuments located on public property.  A state database on Civil War monuments shows that more than 70 of the state's 100 counties have at least one memorial to the Confederacy and 17 have multiple ones.

These include federal and state markers, historic trails and private monuments linked to the Confederacy.  Most were built to honor Confederate soldiers who died during the war.

Last week, a marker in a Durham-owned cemetery was spray-painted.  Mecklenberg County is discussing whether to remove a  monument in Charlotte which features a Confederate flag.

To Me, the Listing of the Confederate Markers Represents the Beginning of the Campaign for Their Removal.  --Old Secesh

The SCV Sees Flag Attack As a "Nightmare"-- Part 3

Commander Barrow also said that he had not seen any protests at the convention, something I was sure there would be.

Following the murders, some Richmond Confederate monuments were defaced and there was a call to take the Confederate statues down which are along Richmond's famed Monument Avenue.

Dwight Jones, Richmond's mayor, is black and disagrees with the removal and calls for more statues recognizing other heroes.  He points out that there already is one recognizing pioneering black tennis player Arthur Ashe.

Last month, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe called to remove the SCV license plates which feature the Confederate flag which is part of the group's logo.

This Attack Sure Is a Nightmare.  --Old Secesh

The SCV Sees the Flag Attack As a "Nightmare"-- Part 2

Commander Barrow continued:  "They want to remove our flags, the names of our streets, our monuments.  We're in a country that's supposed to be tolerant, and suddenly they're targeting our culture.  I can't wait to wake up from this nightmare."

These comments came after a ceremony at Richmond's Hollywood Cemetery to honor the Pennsylvania doctor who in the 1870s exhumed the remains of thousands of Confederate soldiers killed at the Battle of Gettysburg and had their remains shipped back.  (Sure sounds like something a racist group would do.)

About 18,000 Confederate soldiers are buried at Hollywood Cemetery, many in an area referred to as Gettysburg Hill thanks to the doctor's efforts. Small Confederate flags were fluttering amongst the tombstones.

Jefferson Davis along with U.S. presidents John Tyler and James Monroe are also buried there.

--Old Secesh

Friday, July 17, 2015

The SCV Sees the Flag Controversy As a "Nightmare"-- Part 1

From the July 15, 2015, Yahoo! News--  Reuters "Sons of Confederacy sees flag controversy as 'nightmare'" by Gary Robertson.

I sure see it as a nightmare.  Anti-Confederate attacks were bad enough before the Charleston murders, but now, they have no limit.  It is everywhere you look.

Charles Kelly Barrow, Commander-in-Chief of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) says he fails to understand the wave of hostility directed at the Confederate flag following the massacre.  "I'll use the words of Jefferson Davis.  We just want to be left alone."

Barrow and about 1,000 members of the SCV are having their annual convention in Richmond, Virginia starting this weekend.  This is the 120th National Reunion of the organization founded in 1896 to carry on the ideals of the Confederate soldiers as they were starting to die of old age.  Membership is open to male descendants.

--Old Secesh

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 7

The S.C, legislature is prepared to take a vote to take the flag down.  It needs a 2/3 majority in each house to take it down.

In two weeks there will be a KKK rally at the S.C. statehouse.  Just what we need for them to get involved.  With "friends" like them, who needs enemies.

Alabama lowered the Confederate flag outside the state legislature where it was flying beside a Confederate Memorial on the grounds.

Reuters ran an article saying that Confederate symbols of the Civil War still divide the United States 150 years later.

A seventh fire broke out in a predominately black church.  This has happened in the last two weeks.  again, let's hope it is not the work of white racists.

Some people are saying that the U.S. flag is as racist as the Confederate one.  After all, it flew over legal slavery a lot longer than the Confederate flag did and racist groups like the KKK fly it at their rallies.

--Old Secesh