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Southern Heritage <br>News and Views: November 2013

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Things Are Looking Up In Selma, Alabama

by Al Benson Jr.

Back in September of 2012 I wrote two or three articles about a situation in Selma, Alabama where black domestic terrorists were trying to prevent a bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest from being put up in Live Oak Cemetery in an area called Confederate Circle. There was a big fuss over who owned the land in Confederate Circle. The United Daughters of the Confederacy noted the land had been deeded to them back in the 1880s, although there seemed to be a problem locating a copy of the deed. The local black civil rights terrorists refused to believe this and so trespassed on what would later, by court order, be deemed as the property of the UDC and they just flat out stopped the construction work, threatening to call in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, who would, naturally, conduct a big march and demonstration which would be geared to stop any future work on the Forrest monument--with the "news" media naturally playing right along with them as they usually do.

The local UDC folks, no doubt having been labeled with the favorite Trotskyite term "racist" were all supposed to silently submit to the racial blackmail and retreat in silence.

It didn't quite work that way. The company that was doing the work on the monument, KTK Mining and the UDC took it to court and sued the City of Selma for refusing to protect their rights. Even though it's been well over a year now (so much for speedy trials) the City of Selma must, somewhere along the line, have realized that if it went to trial they would not win, and so they accepted a settlement put forth by KTK Mining for $100,000.

According to for November 26, 2013 we are told: "In a 5-3 vote, the Selma City Council voted to approve a settlement in a lawsuit over a monument to Confederate general and former Ku Klux Klan leader Nathan Bedford Forrect, effectively ending the suit.The settlement terms include giving a deed to the one-acre tract of land containing the monument in Old Live Oak Cemetery to Chapter 53 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy." The council president voted in favor of this, along with four other members and said it was time for the city to move forward and focus on more important issues.

However, that decision was not enough for the local civil rights terrorists, one of which, Rose Sanders, also known as Faya Rose Toure, (interesting how these black radicals, like Obama, always seem to have more than one name) managed to get herself arrested for disorderly conduct at the city council meeting. But then, this is so typical of leftist radicals. If they can't get their way they attempt to disrupt everything so that nothing can be accomplished unless everyone is willing to give in to their radical agenda. This time it didn't work. That must have been a real blow to the fragile ego of Ms. Sanders/Toure. Shouting everyone down has always worked before--this time it didn't. How sad--for her, not for the rest of the folks there.

Even though KTK Mining has the right to go on with finishing construction of the Forrest Monument, I expect there will be all manner of nit-picky things the domestic terrorists will come up with to hamper the work and if nothing else works they will resort to outright vandalism. It wouldn't be the first time.

But, for now, things are looking up in Selma. The defenders of the Confederacy finally won one, which is welcome news, because, lets face it folks, between the government, the "news" media and the dedicated leftists of various hues, we don't win too many. Thank the Lord for this victory--and strive to remain vigilant because the battle is probably not over yet.

Monday, November 18, 2013

The Attacks Continue

By Bob Hurst

I believe that there has been more misinformation promulgated about the Confederacy than any other subject in this nation's history. Many of these untruths originated during the War of 1861-1865 and were used as propaganda by northern newspapers in an attempt to demonize the South and many individual Southern heroes.

Unfortunately, many of these untruths have survived right into the current period in which we find ourselves. Much of this is because of the fact that "the victor writes the history" and, unfortunately, the North emerged victorious in the great conflict.

While there are millions of us in the South (and even some in the North) who honor and revere our Southern history, heritage and culture, there are many detractors (often northern transplants, which I find ironically humorous) who just don't seem to ever tire in their attempts to denigrate our people, our speech, our religious ways, our attitudes toward life and, especially, our history.

These attacks on us have been occurring for decades but seem to be increasing in recent years as the "progressives" have come to the fore in the politics of this country. I have noticed what seems to be a sharp increase in the volume of negative actions taken toward our history and, especially, our Confederate history. The latest example occurred just last night (I am writing this on November 15) in Crestview, a nice Florida city in the western part of the Panhandle not far from Pensacola.

First, some background on the situation. In 1957 an elderly gentleman named William Lundy passed away (or "passed over the river" as good Confederates say). Mr. Lundy, affectionately known as "Uncle Bill”, was reportedly 109 years old and was acknowledged as the last Confederate veteran in Florida.

A few years later a civic club in Crestview was instrumental in the creation of a small park on Highway 85 at East 1st Avenue which was dedicated as "Confederate Park". It is a nice small park with two attractive decorative benches and a headstone-sized monument with a plaque acknowledging Uncle Bill Lundy as the last Florida Confederate veteran. In 1958 a Confederate Battle Flag atop an approximately 20-foot flagpole was added to the park.

The park and flag remained without controversy until 1996 when the NAACP, under an activist local president, began protesting the CBF. The NAACP was unsuccessful in its attempts to have the CBF removed just as the organization was unsuccessful in an attempt to have the CBF removed from the lawn of the Walton County Courthouse in nearby Defuniak Springs where it flies atop a tall pole near the oldest Confederate monument in the state.

Subsequent attempts in Crestview to have the flag removed have also been unsuccessful and this leads us to last night.

The NAACP has recently launched another effort to have the CBF removed from the park. The issue had become so heated that the City Council scheduled a special meeting to discuss only this single issue and to get input on the matter from the general public.

This resulted in the meeting last night and the crowd was large. The Sons of Confederate Veterans had about 15 people in attendance coming from as far as Pensacola to the west and Tallahassee to the east. There were also about 50 local citizens who were seated on our side of the room and about 40 individuals on the NAACP side. These figures are just my estimates and the crowd well could have been larger. The SCV and the NAACP were the only groups recognized by the council to offer statements. After the two groups had completed their presentations the floor was open for individuals to offer comments - and did they. It seemed that almost everyone in attendance had something to say about the situation.

I have to say that I was impressed with the council members and other city representatives present who sat for more than two hours listening to the many statements made by those wishing to speak. I was also a bit irritated by the pejorative nature and inaccurate content of many of the presentations from the NAACP group.

When the chairperson called an end to the discussion and asked the council members if there was a motion to remove the flag from Confederate Park, not a single council member responded - not even the black member of the council who will likely catch some flack from the people of the NAACP. So, the good guys won this round but I have no doubt that this same issue will again raise its ugly head some time in the future.

Also of interest is that this incident in Crestview comes on the heels of another attack by the NAACP on another iconic Southern/Confederate symbol. That event occurred over several weeks and involved an attempt by the NAACP to have the portrait of Robert E. Lee removed from the county commission chamber in the Lee County Courthouse in Ft. Myers, Florida. In case you don't know, Lee County is named for General Robert E. Lee and his portrait has hung in that location for 84 years. The SCV in that area of southwest Florida and many supporters were very active in defense of the portrait remaining as is and the Lee County Commission would have none of this nonsense about removing the portrait so the visage of this great man remains where it has been proudly displayed for more than eight decades.

By the way, during this month-long episode in Lee County, there was even a suggestion made by some on the other side to rename the county. If this is a game that everyone can play then I would suggest we change the name on the almost 1000 streets in this country that bear the moniker of a certain individual who was a proven plagiarizer, exposed womanizer and known Communist sympathizer. I won't even mention the name but I think you know to whom I am referring. (Hint: his FBI files are sealed by judicial order until 2027.)

Although the good guys were successful in Crestview and Ft. Myers, it doesn't always turn out that way. Just this past month the school board of Jacksonville/Duval voted to change the name of Nathan Bedford Forrest High School. While I hate to see the name of any Confederate hero removed from any public building, I have mixed emotions about this situation.

I have three art prints of General Forrest on walls of my house. My Confederate uniform is patterned after one he wore. I have at least four other Forrest art prints that are unframed and in a storage case because there is no more wall space available. As you might surmise, I truly admire the man. I'm not sure, though, if having his name attached to this high school in Jacksonville is truly honoring General Forrest. While years ago Forrest High was a fine school, in recent years it has become a typical urban school beset with all the problems that implies. In fact, in recent years the state has frequently rated Forrest HS as a D or F school. As I see it, this is not a proper school to bear such an exalted name. Just my opinion, you understand, and many of my SCV compatriots disagree with me.

These attacks on Southern icons have all occurred in Florida and just in the last few months. I haven't even touched on so many other similar situations in other states such as changing the historic names of parks, removing statues, changing the names of college buildings, and the list goes on. Political correctness really stinks!

I have found through my involvement in a number of challenges against our Confederate ancestry that the best way to refute the inaccurate rantings of the Southern-haters is with facts, so I would like to conclude this article with some facts that you, as a good Southerner, can use to rebut some of the attacks on our ancestors.

It always gets my dander up when some semi-educated type tries to characterize Confederates as "traitors". Traitors? Really? Then how could the following have happened?

--- At the beginning of the Spanish-American War, President William McKinley appointed four former Confederate generals and one former Confederate colonel to the rank of brigadier general in the U.S. Army. The generals were Fitzhugh Lee (R.E. Lee's nephew), Tom Rosser, Matthew C. Butler and Joe Wheeler. The colonel was William Oates. Lee had been governor of Virginia and Oates, governor of Alabama. It is hard to imagine that a U.S. president would appoint "traitors" to the rank of general in the U.S. Army.

--- It is also hard to imagine that the U.S. Military would sanction the naming of major U.S. military installations for "traitors" so how do the South-haters explain that the following major U.S. forts are named for Confederates?
Fort Hood (General John Bell Hood), Fort Polk (General Leonidas Polk), Fort Benning (General Henry Benning),
Fort Gordon (General John B. Gordon), Fort Bragg (General Braxton Bragg), Fort Lee (General Robert E. Lee),
Fort A.P. Hill (General A.P. Hill), Fort Rucker (Colonel Edmund Rucker).

--- If all Confederates were traitors then why did President Dwight Eisenhower keep a portrait of General Robert E. Lee in his office (that would be the "Oval Office") during his presidency?

--- If all Confederates were traitors then why did the U.S. Congress in 1958 enact P.L. 85-425 which recognizes Confederate veterans as American veterans entitled to all rights and privileges thereof.

Well, there is so much more but there is no more space. I hope this bit of information helps you to defend our Confederate ancestors against the nonsensical charge that they were traitors. I hope many of you will do some research into other issues concerning our Confederate ancestors. Oh, by the way, from a Southern viewpoint, the main reason the South fought was NOT to protect slavery. That was just another of the many northern prevarications about the South.

Just Remember, the South was Right! (Thank you, Donnie and Ron)

Bob Hurst is a true Son of the South who has special interests in the Confederacy and the antebellum architecture of the South. He is also a lieutenant commander of the Florida Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans.
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