Dixie Heritage News – Fri, October 6, 2017
WHOS WINNING NOW?
This week, Ole Miss students vote to remove the Confederate State Flag. How about if the State Legislature behind the removed flag votes to respond by removing all funding for the School until the flag is restored! Just an idea.
And because the student vote won’t purge all things “confederate” from the campus fast enough, a radical student decides to use her car to take out a monument.
Officials confirmed that a “suspected drunken driver” crashed into the Confederate statue at the entrance to Lyceum Circle around 9:30 p.m. Saturday. The vehicle’s driver and passenger were taken to a hospital following the incident.
Ole Miss police said the statue suffered damage, although its full extent was still being determined.
CAN I BE A FLY ON THE WALL?
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott will meet with state Rep. Eric Johnson, D-Dallas, on Oct. 27 to discuss altering or removing Confederate statues and monuments located on Capitol grounds, a spokesperson for the Governor’s office told The Texas Tribune Wednesday.
Abbott agreed to meet with Johnson to discuss the issue in mid-September. The Governor previously said removing the monuments “won’t erase our nation’s past, and it doesn’t advance our nation’s future.”
Johnson told The Dallas Morning News he is “confident” that Abbott “will do the right thing and decide to remove this particular piece of offensive propaganda from our state Capitol.”
There are more than 180 public symbols of the Confederacy around Texas including a dozen just on the Capitol grounds.
MEMPHIS CHAMBER OPPOSES MONUMENTS
The Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce is mobilizing support for Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland’s request for a State waiver to allow the City to remove the statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest in violation of State Law.
In advance of the Oct. 13 meeting on the Tennessee Historical Commission, where Strickland will make his case, the chamber’s board of directors has drafted a letter “in behalf of the business community.”
The letter calls the statue of the Confederate general, “one of several divisive symbols that hamper our city’s efforts to attract and retain top talent for the skilled workforce that is critical to our success.”
The Chairman of the Historical Commission has told Mayor Strickland that the Commission will not hear the city’s request for a waiver at the Oct. 13 meeting in Athens, Tennessee.
GOLF COURSE CHANGES NAME
[Nathan Bedford] Forrest Crossing Golf Course in Franklin, Tennessee changed its name to The Crossing Golf Course on September 22 at the direction of its owner, American Golf Corporation.
ANOTHER FLORIDA MONUMENT IN PERIL
The City Commission has to make a clear decision on the statue of an anonymous Confederate soldier in Munn Park, Commissioner Don Selvage told his colleagues Monday. “It rests on our shoulders, on this commission’s shoulders,” Selvage said, and not push the decision to the next seated commission that will convene in January.
The City Commission will hold a community forum later this month on the topic of the 1910 statue that stands on a pedestal in the center of Munn Park. The exact date has not been set.
Selvage said he would like the discussion framed within the following options:
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- Leave it alone.
- Add an interpretative plaque.
- Include a “counter” monument in Munn Park.
- Remove the statue from the public sphere
- Warehouse it or give it to a private collector.
- Place it in another city-owned venue like Roselawn Cemetery
“Let’s try to structure this conversation,” Selvage said.
Selvage said another option would be to hold a referendum, but said he did not favor that option because it was the commission’s call. The commission agreed that an earlier idea to bring in expert panels to discuss the topic was not feasible.
ANOTHER FLORIDA SCHOOL OVER-REACTS
A group of students waving a Confederate Flag at Osceola High School led to the cancellation of the school’s spirit week Wednesday, according to a report from WKMG.
Wednesday was “Kowboy Day” during the school’s spirit week. Some students brought the Flag as a prop and were waving it during lunch, the report said. The incident is under investigation, the school administration told WKMG, and the students involved will “receive consequences in accordance with [the] code of conduct,” Osceola School District spokeswoman Dana Schafer told reporters.
DESPITE VOTE TENNESSEE MONUMENT NOT SAFE
The Hamilton County Commission’s decision to keep the bust of Confederate Lt. Gen. Alexander P. Stewart on the Courthouse lawn hasn’t ended the battle for its removal.
The Chattanooga chapter of the NAACP promised their organized opposition will continue. The organization recently organized a march in protest of the bust, which depicts Stewart in his military uniform.
After the Commission meeting, Dr. Elenora Woods, the chapter’s president, said things will have to change and voting out the Commissioners who opposed the bust’s removal is a key order of business. Commissioners Greg Beck and Warren Mackey, the two black members of the commission, cast the only votes to remove the bust.
Commissioner Beck has introduced legislation to seek the State’s permission to remove the bust without local approval.
SAN ANTONIO LIES TO TAXPAYERS
The numbers are in: $258,680 of taxpayer dollars were used to remove the Confederate monument in Travis Park.
That total doesn’t sit well with certain City Council members. Some say that they were misled before voting to remove the statue last month.
A memo sent to city officials on Monday tallies up all the expenses associated with the removal of the Confederate statue.
It shows a $147,775 cost for a third-party company to remove and transport the monument, a $103,809 charge for SAPD staffing including officer overtime, fencing, barricades, and surveillance cameras. Finally, it includes a $7,096 charge for replanting costs.
Council members only approved $150,000 for a third-party company to remove the statue.
District 6 Councilman Greg Brockhouse feels that he was misled by the grand total of the removal costs, and he wants the City to remain transparent to taxpayers. He added that he personally asked the director of the city department responsible for the monument’s removal what the bill would be, and he says the reply was “$150,000.”
“I was very clear that $150,000, in itself, is a lot of money. But to go over another $100,000 makes absolutely no sense to me,” Councilman Brockhouse said. “There was no way this item was budgeted for, there was no way this item was put in there. We’ve already incurred $17 million in police officer overtime. So this was an overtime situation that was generated as a result of the statue. There was no way it was budgeted or a part of the chief’s budget.”
THE ONLY MONUMENT IS COMING DOWN
Massachusetts will take down its only Confederate monument during the Columbus Day weekend, according to State officials.
The memorial, dedicated to 13 Confederate soldiers who died while imprisoned at Fort Warren, is located on Georges Island in Boston Harbor. It has been boarded up since June, when politicians began pondering what to do with it.
During the holiday weekend, State workers will begin taking it to the State Archives at the University of Massachusetts Boston campus for safekeeping and it will be kept there until it can be returned to the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the group that put the monument there in 1963.
MAKING A MOUNTAIN OUT OF A MOLE-HILL OR A BANDANA
The Palmer, Massachusetts Public Schools have banned all clothing and memorabilia bearing the Confederate Flag, following an incident at Palmer High School Wednesday.
Superintendent Patricia Gardner did not specify what the incident was, but said that it involved a Confederate Flag bandana, and that it is currently being investigated.
Palmer Police Chief John Janulewicz confirmed for 22News that a student was arrested at the high school for disorderly conduct and disturbing the school. He said that he would provide more information on the incident once the report is completed.
In a statement sent to 22News, Gardner said “We have made it clear that any retaliation of any type concerning Wednesday’s event will not be tolerated.”
She also said the issue will be addressed at the next school committee meeting, which will be held on Wednesday, October 18.
BIKER JACKET PATCH HAS POLITICIAN BACKTRACKING
A New Jersey politician has received criticism from his fellow politicians on Wednesday after wearing a Confederate Flag jacket patch.
Republican Atlantic County Freeholder John Carman was seen in a photograph wearing a motorcycle jacket with the New Jersey-shaped patch, The Press of Atlantic City reported. Half of the patch is filled by an American Flag, while a Confederate Flag covers the lower half.
“As a Republican, I’m embarrassed,” said Atlantic County Republican Committee Chairman Keith Davis, when commenting on the patch. “As an American, I’m outraged. And right now I’m just too angry to comment any further.”
The patch doesn’t have racial overtones but represents the political divide between northern and southern New Jersey, according to Carman. “Given what has happened recently, I should have considered taking it off, but it’s been on there so long I honestly didn’t think about it,” he said.
THIS WASN’T STARBUCKS
A musician wearing a Confederate Flag cap shows up at a Connecticut coffee shop to sing and play his banjo during open-mic night. Before it’s over, his cap is destroyed and an employee of the coffee shop is fired.
As reported by The News-Times, U.S. Air Force Airman Stan Weston was in the middle of performing a set when the unidentified employee came onstage and cut up his cap.
According to The News-Times, an acquaintance of Weston had previously come to the stage while he was performing and took his cap. He said he didn’t think much of it, assuming his cap would be returned after his performance.
The police were called, but left after the employee agreed to apologize and reimburse Weston $20 for the destroyed cap.
Molten Java coffee shop owner Wendy Cahill said she would’ve supported a “verbal conversation” between the employee and Weston, but not her actions. So the employee was fired.
Weston decided not to press charges against the employee, but said: “They told me the case was closed and there was nothing more they could do.”
ANOTHER YANKEE TOWN ATTACKS CONFEDERATE MEMORIAL
Ridgefield, Washington is asking that two highway markers south of the city be taken off the Clark County Heritage Register.
The City Council made the request Thursday, in advance of Tuesday’s meeting of the Clark County Historic Preservation Commission. A 6:05 p.m. public hearing has been scheduled in Vancouver City Hall to consider removing the Jefferson Davis Highway markers from the heritage register.
After being moved around Clark County several times over the years, the markers now reside on private property at 24024 N.W. Maplecrest Road, a few yards west of Interstate 5.
In the letter to the county, Ridgefield’s councilors wrote that the city’s proud history does not include any connection with the Confederacy “or any of the individuals who led it, including Jefferson Davis.”
But every time there is a national story about Confederate memorials or flags, Ridgefield residents see their city’s name associated with the topic, Mayor Ron Onslow said. “We get calls about it every time the Confederacy comes up,” Onslow said Friday morning.
While the site known as Jefferson Davis Park has a Ridgefield address, “It’s not in our city, so we have no say over it. We’re not against history, but there is no history of this in Ridgefield,” Onslow said.
The site is maintained by the Pacific Northwest Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. The group had to clean up the markers after vandals defaced them with paint and tar on the night of Aug. 17.
The site was dedicated in 2007 on a quarter-acre south of the Gee Creek Rest Area. The stone markers resulted from a 1913 effort by the United Daughters of the Confederacy to designate a route across the South as “The Jefferson Davis Highway.”
ICE CREAM SHOP OWNER GOES POSTAL ON FLAG
In Orangeburg, South Carolina an ice cream shop owner that has a Confederate Flag and monument in front of his business said he will fight to the end to have it removed so that he can replace it with a “freedom wall.”
Tommy Daras, owner of the Edisto River Creamery, has been fighting since 2015 to have the Flag and a marker removed from a patch of land in front of his business. But he has been unable to because of a land dispute with the local Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp.
Having exhausted all of his legal challenges and having lost, he started digging around the monument on Monday, the Times and Democrat reported.
Claiming that he, “donated the monument to the Sons of Confederates chapter in Santee,” Daras told the paper. “If they don’t call in a few days, then I will have to make a decision where else or who else or anyone who wants the monument.”
But remember, Daras does NOT own the monument. The monument and the Flag predate Daras’ ownership of the property. They was erected when Maurice Bessinger, owner of Maurice’s Piggie Park, held the land.
Bessinger, a barbecue baron, deeded the 130 square feet of land where the Flag and monument stand to the Sons of Confederate Veterans in 2005, according to the Associated Press. Daras bought the property in May 2015, and attempted to fly the U.S. Flag instead of the rConfederate banner. But the Sons of Confederate Veterans said they would have him arrested for trespassing on their land. So ,Daras has been trying to remove the Flag and monument legally. He went to the Orangeburg zoning board, but its members told him that the Flag didn’t break any zoning laws.
So now he’s trying to remove it on his own.
The “freedom wall” Daras wants to build in place of the monument will include a 6-foot tall and 8-foot wide digital sign, according to the Times and Democrat.
But the City issued an order for him to stop construction on Monday.
Democratic State Rep. Justin Bamberg, who represents Daras, said that his client will be taking the City to court.
PRO-CONFEDERATE? ONLY IN AN ELECTION YEAR?
A new mailer approved by Republican gubernatorial nominee Ed Gillespie features a photo of the Robert E. Lee statue on Richmond’s Monument Avenue and accuses Democrat Ralph S. Northam of wanting to “tear down history while making life easier for illegal immigrants.”
The political flier, paid for by the Republican Party of Virginia, swaps out Gillespie’s usual “For ALL Virginians” slogan for the lesser-used “For a safer, stronger Virginia.”
The Republican Party declined to say how many of the fliers it had mailed or where they were sent.
A former fixture of the D.C. establishment who once chaired the Republican National Committee, Gillespie has been running largely on an economy-focused message of cutting taxes and reducing regulation. He has made some overtures to minority voters by calling for criminal justice reform that loosens drug laws and saying that immigrants illegally brought to America as children, the so-called Dreamers, should not be deported.
A spokesman for the Gillespie campaign responded by saying, “Ralph Northam made statues an issue in this campaign when he called for taking them all down. He made sanctuary cities an issue when he voted against banning them. And he made blanket restoration of rights an issue when he called it one of the administration’s greatest feats,” said Gillespie spokesman David Abrams. “Now his campaign is upset that we are highlighting legitimate policy differences while he does nothing but launch character smears against Ed.”
The reality is that Gillespie has said statues should remain in place “with added historical context.”
And at the same time, the man who has been Virginia’s only black Governor says improving the public schools makes better sense than using tax money to remove Confederate statues. Former Governor Doug Wilder (86-years-old) has told C-SPAN the City of Richmond needs to spend the removal money for its school system.
NEW MONUMENT IS DEDICATED
In Georgia, the Sons of Confederate Veterans unveiled and dedicated its new Confederate monument Saturday morning at the site of the annual Battle of Aiken re-enactment off Powell Pond Road.
The sounds of firing rifles and booming cannons filled the air, and a recording of “Dixie” was played.
Approximately 100 people attended the ceremony according to the Aiken Standard.
PARENTS SAY KEEP REBEL
Students at one Texas middle school will no longer be able to call themselves “Rebels” after the Corpus Christi Independent School District removed the logo and mascot in response to imagined “concerns” from parents.
The CCISD decision prompted a wave of negative reactions, with most parents saying they didn’t know there was an issue with the “Rebel” nickname, and several commenting on social media that they are against the change.
The school has asked members of the community to be involved in naming a new mascot. They will design concept logos and let students, parents and staff vote for their favorite, which will be presented for final approval to the board of trustees. This, despite the fact that an overwhelming majority of the same parents have already said that they simply want to leave the mascot in place.
CONFEDERAPHOBIA REACHES TORONTO
We reported an incident this summer involving a Confederate Flag on a General Lee car at a car show in Canada.
Now, back in session after summer break, Councillor Neethan Shan is bringing the issue to City Council by requesting a report on the feasibility of banning the display/use of the Confederate Flag on any City property and at events.
“It is time for the City to take leadership to ensure that all residents feel an equal sense of belonging, without having to face symbols of hatred and intolerance in their own communities, especially at community events that are supported by the City of Toronto,” he said.
VA CHIEF ADVOCATES FOR MONUMENTS
The recently-appointed head of Veterans Affairs for Wisconsin spoke against the removal of Confederate monuments in a letter to his hometown newspaper.
Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Daniel Zimmerman denounced “anti-fascists” for trying to “sanitize” history.
“Free republics are built on strong foundations that consist of a comprehensive education that includes history and critical thinking skills. Authoritarian societies are based on indoctrination and intimidation,” wrote Zimmerman.
He continued, “History tells us that if a free-thinking population rejects an ideology, then those who were rejected often use indoctrination and intimidation to impose it – just like the racist segregationists did in the Civil War, during Reconstruction and for 100 years thereafter.”
DVA spokeswoman Carla Vigue confirmed to the Wisconsin State Journal that Zimmerman wrote the letter, which was published on August 31st in the Ripon Commenwealth Press.
Madison Mayor Paul Soglin recently ordered the removal of a Confederate memorial in Forest Hill Cemetery, which was placed there in 1981. Madison’s City Council will decide the fate of another memorial at an upcoming meeting.
Zimmerman took office after the resignation of John Scocos, who was facing pressure after investigations into the conditions of treatment at the VA Medical Center in Tomah and the Veteran’s Home at King.
THE MOST ABSURD STATUE REMOVAL
Rather than waiting for the lefties to attack their icons, Catholics have decided to take down their own monuments themselves and to apologize for being offensive.
Everyone seems to be pulling down and hauling off monuments these days. From Confederate symbols to Jefferson and Ulysses S. Grant, all manner of statues and icons are being covered up or dragged off to be hidden away from the eyes of the easily offended. But out in California, it would be in California, one private school has adopted the policy in a different way.
The San Domenico School in San Anselmo, California (which is a private Catholic school by the way) raised the ire of some parents and students when they decided to remove the Catholic statuary from the school grounds.
In case you were wondering if that was a typo, it wasn’t.
And their reasons for doing it had nothing to do with the Confederacy (obviously) but they were worried about offending particular groups of people.
(Fox News) A California independent school is facing a backlash from parents after officials removed and relocated some of the Catholic statues on its campus over concerns that they were “alienating” prospective students.
The head of the San Domenico School in San Anselmo said parents of some prospective students who visited the campus – which was founded in 1850 and serves 671 students grades K-12 – expressed concern about the religious figures, according to the Marin Independent Journal.
“If you walk on the campus and the first thing you confront is three or four statues of St. Dominic or St. Francis, it could be alienating for that other religion, and we didn’t want to further that feeling,” Cecily Stock said.
As noted above, the story came from the Marin Independent Journal. They provide the backstory which is a tale of enrollment and tuition more than religion or ideology. One parent, Shannon Fitzpatrick, sent a letter to the school listing a series of changes which had been implemented long before the statues were removed, all of which seemed to water down the original foundation of the institution.
“Articulating an inclusive foundation appears to mean letting go of San Domenico’s 167-year tradition as a Dominican Catholic school and being both afraid and ashamed to celebrate one’s heritage and beliefs,” wrote Fitzpatrick, whose 8-year-old son attends the school.
She added, “In our time here, the word ‘Catholic’ has been removed from the mission statement, sacraments were removed from the curriculum, the lower school curriculum was changed to world religions, the logo and colors were changed to be ‘less Catholic,’ and the uniform was changed to be less Catholic.”
A couple of points to make here. First of all, this is a private school and providing they remain within the boundaries of the law, what they choose to do with their printed material and decorations around the campus is strictly between them and the families who send their children there. No external intervention is required.
With that said, the parents clearly have a several good points on their side. They signed up to send their kids to a Catholic school and presumably pretty much all of them did so for a reason. And they have standing to make their expectations known to the school officials, particularly when you find out that they are shelling out $29,850 for a single year’s tuition to go to kindergarten. If they are looking for an environment for their children which provides not only an education, but an atmosphere of Catholic faith, it seems that they have the right to complain.
The other question which I would put to the administrators has to do with their marketing plan. I’m not sure how many students they wind up getting who fall into the “other” category in terms of religion, but how many non-Catholics are showing up to pay that kind of money to attend a Catholic school? If you show up for class on the first day and are offended at seeing a statue of the Virgin Mary it seems to me that you didn’t put very much thought into your school choice.
If the school is in such dire financial straits that they need to attract non-Catholic students, it might be time to stop calling it a Catholic school. But at that point it sounds as if you’re going to drive away a significant portion of your existing base of families. An unwise move no matter how you juggle the explanations.
Our friend, Al Benson, submits the following:
Lots Of Questions About Las Vegas
It seems as if there are more questions about the horrible terrorist attack in Las Vegas than there are answers. The Leftist politicians and media have again raised the howl for more gun control, as though that would have prevented this situation. It wouldn’t. Stop and do a little checking about some of the recent false flag events that have taken place in this country and see how many of the people that supposedly did the shooting (most of them dead now) obtained the weapons the supposedly used legally. The majority got them legally or someone else got them legally for them.
So the Leftist hue and cry for more gun control is nothing more than the usual Leftist attempt to gut the Second Amendment in any way they can and they are politicizing this event to promote their agenda. They should be thoroughly disgusted with themselves, but being cultural Marxists, they are not. The end justifies whatever means they use. I hope the president stands firm on the Second Amendment and does not emotionally cave in to their Leftist hysterics because, for them, it’s all an act, a sham, to promote taking down the Second Amendment. They all have bodyguards, with guns, but they don’t want ordinary, honest folks to have guns because they might actually shoot, in self defense, some of the Left’s Antifa or Black Lives Matter buddies and that would really be a tragedy, wouldn’t it? For them it is a tragedy if ordinary folks have the means to defend themselves. That’s a no no!
Lots of questions about this supposed shooter. Supposedly they found Antifa literature in his hotel room, along with an arsenal of firearms. You have to wonder how this man got all those guns up to his room on the 32nd floor. It must have been quite a chore-and no one saw him toting all this in. And we are talking about long guns here, not pistols that you might carry in a suitcase or a shoulder holster.
It is said he had cameras set up to film him shooting down at all those people and even had cameras set up in the hallway of the hotel so he could see if the cops were going to interrupt him. Did he have the expertise to set up all this equipment and make sure it worked? Or did he have help?
The shooter and his girlfriend seem to have Islamic connections and ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack. Of course you have to realize this is not Islamic terrorism. It reality it’s, well, it’s Islamic terrorism. Sort of like “when is an investigation not an investigation, but only a ‘matter’?” You know what I mean.
Here, if you follow all that is going on, you have a case of Muslim terrorists uniting with the Left in this country and elsewhere, and in this country, a main part of that agenda is the destruction of the Second Amendment. Please keep that in mind, because that is what a lot of this is all about. It’s a replay, on steroids, of many of the false flags that happened during the days of the Obama Regime where, after almost every shooting somewhere the scripted call for more and more gun control always seemed to emerge out of the chaos.
I watched an interesting video tonight (10/3) in which the action seemed to show that the shooting did not come from way up on the 32nd floor, where you could see no gun flashes coming from, but rather way down at almost ground level, where you could see gun flashes coming from and hear the weapons going off every time you saw the flashes. From the video, it looked like that might indicate more than one shooter. But, we are not supposed to talk about that, or even think about it-thought-crime, you know! Just forget I mentioned it.
Antifa has threatened civil war by November 4th this year. And considering this month is the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution they may try to celebrate that in this country with a 21st century version of Red October.
Just a little something to reflect on in your more serious moments.
Several readers have forwarded the following to us this week:
Emanuel Samson Church Shooting Was Retaliation For Charleston
Last Sunday, a horrific mass shooting unfolded in Antioch, Tennessee while the national media was consumed with covering the NFL protests and Hurricane Maria’s aftermath.
Emanuel Kidega Samson, a 25-year-old Sudanese refugee from Murfreesboro, entered the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in nearby Antioch and gunned down 7 people. He shot Melanie Crow Smith in the back as she was walking to her car, turned her over and reportedly shot her execution-style “like she was a damn dog in his backyard.” She died instantly in the parking lot. Even though the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ is a multiracial congregation, all of the victims in Antioch were White.
By definition, a church shooting is highly suspicious, and even more suspicious when the suspect is black and all his victims were White. The national media, however, didn’t find what had happened in Antioch as interesting as the Dylann Roof shooting in Charleston. The relative silence was strange since the Antioch shooting immediately triggered a federal civil rights investigation. The local media also reported that federal investigators had reason to believe the civil rights of Emanuel Samson’s victims had been violated. In other words, it was highly likely that this shooting was motivated by race or religion even though Emanuel Samson’s motive was being kept under wraps by the police.
We now know the motive was retaliation for Charleston:
“NASHVILLE, Tenn. –
A note found in the car of a man charged with spraying deadly gunfire at a Tennessee church made reference to revenge for a white supremacist’s massacre at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina, two years earlier, law enforcement officials told The Associated Press.
The note could offer a glimpse into Emanuel Kidega Samson’s mindset at the time of Sunday’s shooting and a possible motive for the rampage, which killed a woman and wounded six other people. The Associated Press has not viewed the note, but it was summarized in an investigative report circulating among law enforcement. Two officials read to AP from the note.
The report said that “in sum and in no way verbatim,” the note referenced revenge or retaliation for Dylann Roof, the white supremacist who killed nine black worshippers at a South Carolina church in 2015 and has since been sentenced to death. It wasn’t clear what precisely Samson is alleged to have written about the Roof shooting, or whether his note contained other important details that might also speak to a motivation or state of mind.
The law enforcement officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to publicly discuss an ongoing investigation. Metro Nashville Police declined to comment, saying it had not released the information …”
This was a reverse Dylann Roof.
It was something that I suspected given the fact that Emanuel Samson was a Christian and Charles Johnson had uncovered evidence of his black supremacist sympathies:
“Even though Burnette Chapel Church of Christ is a multiracial congregation, the victims are all White people. The fact that the Department of Justice and FBI have opened a federal civil rights investigation suggests the victims in Antioch were targeted on the basis of race or religion. In light of the fact that Samson appears to be a Christian who once attended the church, this suggests the motive in Antioch was racial. We’re going to know a lot more about this very soon.
Charles Johnson has reviewed Samson’s Facebook account. There is strong evidence that he was interested in groups like the New Black Panthers. He was sharing videos like this. There is nothing on his social media accounts that suggests he was a Muslim …”
A few days ago, I told Michael Edison Hayden of Newsweek:
“Brad Griffin, an alt-right, self-described “southern nationalist” political organizer who goes by the alias “Hunter Wallace,” and has in the past called for the creation of a “Jew-free, White ethnostate” rejects this premise.
“It’s because the media wants to push narratives,” he says, arguing that the story has been deliberately buried by the press. “Editors in newsrooms don’t want to make black people look bad. Black people can only be portrayed as victims by the media.”
Griffin is among the many prominent voices in white nationalist circles calling the Antioch shooting a “reverse Dylann Roof” incident,” referring to Roof’s politically-motivated murder of nine black church goers in June of 2015. Johnson of GotNews also name-checked Roof in a conversation with me, saying that it was clear to him that Samson “was very pro-black” by his social media history, and adding that “if it were a white shooter with black victims it would be a very different story.
“People on Twitter often dictate what gets covered by the mainstream media,” Johnson quipped. …”
I flagged the story and drew a lot of attention to it on Twitter.
It was clear to me that something important had transpired in Antioch, TN. I couldn’t prove it without the letter, but now we have the equivalent of Roof’s manifesto. It’s even worse than that because what happened in Antioch wasn’t just similar to Charleston, but was inspired by the events there.
As it happens, I have spent the last month scouting locations for our next event, and had already zeroed in on Kentucky or Tennessee. By last weekend, the League of the South was already planning to hold an event in Middle Tennessee before the Antioch shooting happened. In 2013, we held a rally in Murfreesboro, TN and Shelbyville, TN to protest of all things the dumping of refugees in the area.
Who had the foresight to anticipate such a tragedy?
In Tennessee, the Confederate monument issue is muted because of the Tennessee Heritage Protection Act, so we were mulling over other issues like, say, anger at Trump and Congress (Sudan was removed from the travel ban literally the day of the Antioch shooting) or spotlighting the refugee resettlement issue which we had previously drawn attention to in 2013.
And then … as if the Lord was aware of our intentions and has a higher purpose, Emanuel Kidega Samson, a 25-year-old Sudanese refugee, goes and does a reverse Dylann Roof in Antioch. I’m not going to say it is a sign, but I am not going to rule out the possibility either. Wow.
NON “HERITAGE” NEWS EFFECTING THE SOUTHLAND
The Justice Department announced Thursday that it has filed a lawsuit against an agricultural services company for allegedly rejecting American citizen applicants in favor of foreign guest workers.
Colorado-based Crop Production Services Inc. discriminated against at least three U.S. citizens by refusing to employ them as seasonal technicians in Texas, instead hiring temporary foreign workers under the H-2A visa program, according to a complaint filed by DOJ’s civil rights division.
Crop Production allegedly set up burdensome application requirements for U.S. citizens that were not enforced for guest workers. American applicants had to complete a background check and a drug test, while H-2A workers were allowed to begin working without completing a similar screening process, according to the complaint.
Despite the availability of qualified U.S. citizen applicants, all of Crop Production’s 15 available seasonal technician jobs in 2016 went to H-2A workers, DOJ officials said.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the lawsuit reflects the civil rights division’s renewed focus on targeting employers who favor immigrant labor over native workers.
“The Justice Department will enforce the Immigration and Nationality Act in order to protect U.S. workers as they are the very backbone of our communities and our economy,” Sessions said in a statement. “Where there is a job available, U.S. workers should have a chance at it before we bring in workers from abroad.”
The H-2A visa program allows agricultural businesses to bring in seasonal guest workers if they cannot find enough qualified U.S. citizens. Immigration law requires employers to recruit and hire available, qualified U.S. workers before resorting to the H-2A program. A similar program for non-agricultural seasonal labor, the H-2B visa, carries the same protections for U.S citizen workers. (RELATED: Wage Data Undercuts Claims Of Worker Shortage In Seasonal Jobs)
Under Sessions, who is the Trump administration’s most enthusiastic proponent of tough immigration enforcement, the DOJ has made a priority of targeting companies that use the guest worker programs to avoid hiring American applicants. The Civil Rights Division in March established the Protecting U.S. Workers Initiative to investigate employment discrimination on the basis of U.S. citizenship.
Thursday’s lawsuit is the first brought against a U.S. business under the initiative. A DOJ official said the Civil Rights Division has opened 29 investigations of “potential discrimination against U.S. workers based on a hiring preference for foreign visa workers,” according to Fox News.
In a settlement reached with DOJ last month, a Louisiana company agreed to pay $100,000 to 12 American it passed over in favor of H-2B guest workers.
ANOTHER TRUMP NOMINEE BITES THE DUST
In September, the Senate held a confirmation hearing for Amy Coney Barrett, a Notre Dame law professor nominated for the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Sen. Dick Durbin grilled her about her use of the term “orthodox Catholic” to describe those who try to practice the teachings of her church.
“Do you consider yourself an ‘orthodox Catholic’?” asked Durbin of Illinois,taking issue with Barrett’s use of that term to describe those who strive to align their lives fully with their church’s teachings.
Hawaii’s Sen. Mazie Hirono suggested Barrett would be beholden to Catholic teaching when deciding cases.
California’s Sen. Dianne Feinstein said, “When you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you, and that’s of concern.”
The New York Times continued the religious test of Amy Coney Barrett with a hit piece headlined in the style of a Donald Trump tweet.
The article is written by religion reporter Laurie Goodstein, and is not of her typical caliber. It begins by attempting to exculpate the senators who grilled her by blaming Barrett for their questions. She suggests that they were not bigots but only asking Barrett legitimate questions that arose from her writing. It was really her fault she was asked about the dogma living loudly within her, because she had failed to cleanse all of her scholarship at the University of Notre Dame from mention of religion.
Then the story darkly suggests that she was not being truthful when she said she could be a fair appellate judge, because she’s a member of a group that the senators would have liked to grill her about even more had they known she was a member:
Ms. Barrett told the senators that she was a faithful Catholic, and that her religious beliefs would not affect her decisions as an appellate judge. But her membership in a small, tightly knit Christian group called People of Praise never came up at the hearing, and might have led to even more intense questioning.
We’re told that the practices of the group would surprise “many” faithful Catholics because members swear covenants to one another and are given personal advisors to help them remain faithful in their Christian vocations. What’s more, they practice the Christian teaching of men being heads of households. Heaven forbid. It is perhaps worth noting that Pope Francis named a member of this group auxiliary bishop of Portland in 2014, so membership in the group must not be disqualifying in the eyes of the Vatican.
But yes, this highly accomplished law professor who is now a judicial nominee is part of a conspiracy to suppress women, that’s the ticket.
People who think that membership in this group legitimize a religious test are quoted, though they say that their religious test isn’t really a religious test but more just asking questions. Then, as if we’re living in the 1960s and John F. Kennedy is being accused of dual loyalties, we get this:
Legal scholars said that such loyalty oaths could raise legitimate questions about a judicial nominee’s independence and impartiality. The scholars said in interviews that while there certainly was no religious test for office, it would have been relevant for the senators to examine what it means for a judicial nominee to make an oath to a group that could wield significant authority over its members’ lives.
Can Americans ever really trust a Roman Catholic, what with their eating fish on Fridays, and their pope business, and their pledges of commitment to other Christians?
A member of the group explains that Christian accountability is not as nefarious as The New York Times is making it out to be and that “If and when members hold political offices, or judicial offices, or administrative offices, we would certainly not tell them how to discharge their responsibilities.” Most of the criticisms of the group are attributed to “critics,” as opposed to people with names.
Then the article darkly suggests that people are trying to hide her membership in the group. One of the pieces of evidence for this is:
Every nominee for the federal bench is required to fill out a detailed questionnaire for the Senate Judiciary Committee. Ms. Barrett did not list any religious affiliations on her questionnaire, though many nominees have in the past.
The article says administration officials had advised nominees not to list religious affiliations. And it’s also worth noting something the article does not, which is that the questionnaire doesn’t ask for religious affiliations. It asks for many other types of affiliations, but not religious ones. Probably because that would be viewed as a religious test.
The people quoted for the article are all critics of Barrett’s, which means that “Some Worry About Religion Reporter’s Fairness.”
This is quite a campaign that the Left is waging against Barrett on account of her being a practicing Roman Catholic. One can imagine how even a fraction of comparable scrutiny of a nominee with a different religion might be viewed by the media and other liberals.
Attacks on Confederate iconography a sign of what’s to come
By Tom Harbold
Tom is a syndicated columnist employed by the Carroll County Times, in Carroll County, Maryland
The war against monuments, memorials, and other historic iconography continues, across the country – and indeed, it is not limited to America: in England, activists have called for the removal of the monument to Lord Nelson, victor at the Battle of Trafalgar against the Napoleonic French, in London. Closer to home, Baltimore has recently removed four historic monuments relating to the Civil War from public spaces.
But as John Daniel Davidson comments on “The Federalist” blog, “if you think the iconoclastic impulse to purge public memory of the Confederacy has anything to do with the Civil War or a deeper understanding of American history, you haven’t been paying attention. The campaign against Confederate heritage is really a campaign against American heritage. The goal is to divide the country into irreconcilable camps for the purpose of waging political warfare. In the end, it’s really about giving up on the idea of America as a place where, despite our many differences, we can be a united and prosperous people.”
It is no coincidence that so many of the protests against monuments and memorials are either led by, or include active and often violent participation by, groups like the so-called “Antifa,” short for “Antifascist” – an irony indeed, considering their behavior – which was recognized as “domestic terrorist violence” propagated by “anarchist extremists” by the Department of Homeland Security and FBI in early 2016. Or that such rallies resound to calls for “dead cops” as in a recent protest in Austin, Texas. Or that the flags flying at such protests are not the Stars and Stripes, as might be expected if the goal was truly to protect Americans from fascist violence, but the black Antifa flag and, increasingly, the red hammer-and-sickle banner of the Communists.
It is true that fascists and neo-Nazis do exist. But they exist – so far – in minute numbers, compared to the numbers of Antifa, and their fellow-travelers in other hard-left organizations. And let’s be honest, it is not the far right that has been vandalizing public and private property, breaking windows, burning businesses and police cars, and attacking passers-by in altercations from Ferguson to Baltimore, and in many other locations across the country. Even the highly publicized “ramming attack” in Charlottesville may well have been, based on videos taken at the scene, an attempt by the driver to get away from leftists who were attacking his car. The specifics, of course, will need to be determined in a court of law.
But the reason I say the numbers of the militant right are small so far is because the more violent and aggressive demonstrations and attacks by Antifa and their ilk become, and if authorities do not respond appropriately and effectively, the more ordinary, middle-of-the-road people will turn to the right for support and protection. This is what happened in Germany between the World Wars, where leftist violence gave rise to a right-wing response, and ultimately to the Nazis. The historian in me is seeing dismaying parallels in our own situation today.
Furthermore, where do the demands stop? Right now most of the focus is on Confederate monuments, street, park and school names, etc., but monuments to Andrew Jackson, Sam Houston, Teddy Roosevelt, and here in Baltimore, our own Francis Scott Key, have been attacked. The answer, sadly, is that they do not stop. Once begun, if allowed to continue, such attacks develop their own momentum.
Again, as a historian, I have seen this in all too many locations and eras of history: the English Civil War, the French Revolution, and the Communist revolutions in Russia and China being among the more notable. I have warned before of the dangers of a slippery slope, and we are heading down it and gaining speed. Is this really the direction we want to go?
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