Saturday, July 04, 2015



It is getting global attention.

Marriot Hotels wants to be a White House of the Confederacy

The Marriot Hotel will be the hotel for the Stephen D. Lee Institute members when they meet in South Carolina.

I want to reemphasize that I hope to use moral suasion in getting institutions not to enable neo-Confederacy. Not harassment. 



Sons of Confederate Veteran condemn the Mayor of Boise, Idaho.

Article in "Facing South" of the Institute of Southern Studies. "After anti-Confederate flurry, lasting change for Old South symbols?"

"After anti-Confederate flurry, lasting change for Old South symbols?"

The following is the link to the article:

A quote below.

Others have called the flag a distraction from "real" issues like poverty, housing discrimination and other concrete forms of inequality. But as Ed Sebesta — a Dallas-based researcher who has been following the neo-Confederate movement for more than two decades — argues, the South's flags and symbols are powerful in shaping the ideas of Southerners and transmitting views of racism and inequality from generation to generation.
While the recent uprising against Confederate symbols is a welcome development, Sebesta believes it will likely be a long-term battle to thoroughly uproot these artifacts, and the ideas they represent, from Southern life. As Sebesta, who is co-author of the seminal book "The Confederate and Neo-Confederate Reader," wrote this week in the Black Commentator:
The power of the neo-Confederate movement is through the shaping of identity and values ... Once Jefferson Davis is your hero and the plantation is your ideal, whether conscious or not, you will naturally support the politics of inequality.
[T]hough recent events are very encouraging and will represent real progress in fighting the neo-Confederacy, there is a long struggle ahead and a lot will depend on people realizing this is important and affects the real issues of the day.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

"Black Commentator" has published my commentary about the neo-Confederates and the recent revolution regarding Confederate symbols.

Black Commentator has published my commentary on the recent revolution in the public's acceptance of the Confederacy and Confederate symbols and the challenges ahead.

It mentions the upcoming Museum of the Confederacy protest.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015



Under no circumstances do I advocate violence or any illegal activity.

Just want to make this clear. It plays right into the hands of the neo-Confederates who can portray themselves as victims and us as victimizers.

Additionally, getting yourself sued or arrested means you probably can't do much for the effort against neo-Confederacy another day.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Reply to Edward Ayers, head of the American Civil War Museum in reply to his letter that they are going through with their plans to lease the Museum of the Confederacy to the Sons of Confederate Veterans

Letter sent to Edward Ayers, head of the American Civil War Museum which includes the Museum of the Confederacy in reply to his letter saying they were going to continue with the plans to lease the Museum of the Confederacy to the Sons of Confederate Veterans. 

Edward Ayers
Chairman Board of Directors
American Civil War Museum
490 Tredegar St.
Richmond, VA 23219

Dear Dr. Ayers:

I have read your letter of June 18, 2015. It certainly demonstrates your skill in public relations but otherwise it is appalling.

Does it not occur to you what might happen when the Sons of Confederate Veterans praises, promotes and sells Sons of Confederate Veteran member Frank Conner’s book The South Under Siege that says:

Look well at the Northern Jewish intellectuals/activists, O South, for they – who by rights should have been your closest friends – are by their own choice your dedicated and deadliest enemy.

A book which argues that African Americans are mentally deficient and that the civil rights movement was a Jewish conspiracy. 

What do you think might possibly happen at a synagogue?

Another book, a pro-slavery book, Myths of American Slavery by Sons of Confederate Veteran member Walter D. Kennedy, who is scheduled to speak at the Sons of Confederate Veterans’ 2015 National Reunion “Heritage” luncheon in Richmond, Virginia is ferocious in his denunciations of the Southern Baptist Churches resolution of 1995 on the issue of slavery.  Kennedy writes:

The passing of the so-called Racial Reconciliation Resolution by the assembled delegates defamed and otherwise slandered the good name of Southern Baptists of the past 150 years. The resolution is nothing more than liberal double-speak for an act of cultural genocide against the South.

This book is sold and praised by the Sons of Confederate Veterans. What do think might possibly happen at a Southern Baptist Church by a person who thinks the Southern Baptist Church is committing “cultural genocide against the South”?

Then there is the idea broadly held in the neo-Confederate movement that the Civil War was really a theological or holy war between an orthodox Christian South and a heretical (liberal) North.  There has already been one shooting at a Unitarian church a denomination which is singled out in neo-Confederate writing.

From the book, Antebellum Slavery: An Orthodox Christian View, by Gary Roper, another book sold by the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and praised by the Sons of Confederate Veterans Chaplain Corps:

In American literature classes, many 19th century writers who held the “New England School” convictions are studied. They were mostly anti-Christian Unitarians and Transcendentalists. …  They hated the Christian faith and they hated the South because of our stand for conventional Christianity. [Bold face in the original. Pp. 138-139]

What do you think might happen at a Unitarian church or a church of a liberal denomination by someone thinks “hated the South” and “hated the Christian faith”?

Then there is the article in the Southern Mercury, published by an educational PAC of the Sons of Confederate Veterans in which congressional representative Keith Ellison and the Islamic faith are attacked in response to Ellison’s request to take the oath of office with Thomas Jefferson’s Koran. The article concludes:

Jefferson had been right. The “medium of war” was the only way to put an end to the Muslim problem. Mr. Ellison was right about Jefferson. He was a “visionary” wise enough to read and learn about the enemy from their own Muslim Holy Book. [Ted Sampley, “What Thomas Jefferson Learned from the Q’uran,” Southern Mercury, Vol. 5 No. 2, April 2007, pp. 12-13]

What do you think might happen at a mosque by someone who thinks Muslims are “the enemy”?

What I got in reply from you to my earlier letter of June 12, 2015 is a lot of public relations and in regards to the specific request that you not host, which from your letter it turns out you are leasing the MOC to the Sons of Confederate Veterans this reply.

We believe we should not discriminate among groups or censor their speech while here even as we do not “pander” to any of them.

What a clever response! Somehow enabling the neo-Confederate movement is posed as a free speech issue. You are a private institution, you have rights too, you don’t have to lease to them. I doubt you would host or lease the Museum of the Confederacy the Ku Klux Klan or Stormfront.

This isn’t just any group, it is the Sons of Confederate Veterans and it isn’t just some convention center, the location is the Museum of the Confederacy and their use of this specific location is an act of the American Civil War Museum enabling a pernicious movement.  A movement which is, as I stated in my earlier letter, entirely pernicious to the teaching of American Civil War history.

You do pander to neo-Confederates as I have well documented at Black Commentator in a four-part series.  You need to stop having the Museum of the Confederacy be a Museum for the Confederacy.

It is the actions of the American Civil War Museum that enables the neo-Confederate movement.

When the next shooting occurs some of the blood will be on your hands and the hands of the American Civil War Museum trustees.

                                                                                    Sincerely Yours,

                                                                                    Edward H. Sebesta

Mr. Dennis I. Belcher
McGuire Woods
Mr. George C. Freeman III
Universal Corporation
Mr. Bruce C. Gottwald Sr.
NewMarket Corporation
Mr. Bernard Grisby
The Pines
Dr. Monroe E. Harris Sr.
Virginia Oral and Facial Surgery
Mr. David C. Johnson Jr
Marketfield Asset Management
Mr. Donald E. King
McGuire Woods
Mr. William H. Luke
Mead Wesvaco
Mr. Robert N. Mayer
Rothschild Foundation
Dr. Elisabeth S. Muhlenfield
Mr. Roswell Page III
McGuire Woods
Mr. Walter S. Robertson III
Sterne, Agee & Leach Inc
Mr. O. Randolph Rollins
Mr. S. Buford Scott
Scott & Stringfellow, Inc.
Ms. Ruth C. Streeter
CBS News "60 Minutes"
Mr. Brandt Surgner
Altria Group, Inc.
Mr. Matthew G. Thompson Jr.
CSC Leasing Company
Mr. Lacy Ward Jr.
International Civil Rights Center and Museum
Mr. Mario M. White
Virginia State University
Mr. Samuel B. Witt III

Friday, June 26, 2015

Presbyterian Voices for Justice take up the issue of Presbyterian churches hosting neo-Confederate groups

It is in their newsletter.

The issue of churches that host neo-Confederate groups is on page 26.

The word is beginning to get out and in this new climate I think that there will be some concern.

This is the image that comes to my mind about the Doubletree hotel hosting the Sons of Confederate Veterans

This is the image that comes to my mind about the Doubletree hotel hosting the Sons of Confederate Veterans. When I read about the Hilton Corp. Doubletree hotel this image came to mind. So I decided to create it. Click on it so you can see it.

Earlier I did a blog posting on hotels which host Sons of Confederate Veteran events.

The Hilton Corp. brands, of which Doubletree is one of them, seem to be the leading hotel hosts for the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Neo-Confederates doomed. Rush Limbaugh is defending the Confederate flag.

This is the article right here.

I am seeing typical neo-Confederate arguments in it. 

The neo-Confederates are doomed when they have a blowhard like Rush Limbaugh representing Confederate "heritage." 

It will be interesting to see if some Republicans decide to switch back to defending the Confederacy. 

This also has tremendous implications for how Tea Party partisans might define themselves as being pro-Confederate.

"Dallas Morning News" article about the Confederate statues in Dallas and about removing them. My effort to remove the Robert E. Lee statue in the early 1990s mentioned and I am quoted.

The story is here. I certainly intend to help out groups there changing names and getting rid of statues.

Kanye West is praised by Ben Jones (Cooter in the Dukes of Hazard) in the Confederate magazine

In the January-February 2015 Confederate Veteran magazine, in the Forward the Colors section devoted to defending all things Confederate Ben Jones (Who played Cooter in the Dukes of Hazzard TV show.) is very pleased with Kanye West and John McWhorter and explains why on page 11 in the magazine.

McWhorter wrote a defense of  Kayne West selling Confederate flag marked clothing the in the New York Times. Ben Jones is so pleased with it. Quoting Ben Jones.

The New York Times has never been a friend to Southern heritage, and its columnists routinely savage anything which is remotely related to the Confederacy. So it was a bit of a surprise when a Times column recently appeared which featured the noted Princeton linguist Dr. John McWhorter taking a very different view from the knee-jerk sloganism of the NAACP and others. [Italics in the original.]

Ben Jones quotes McWhorter:
"If we are really OK with ourselves, we do not require that our environment be perfectly free of any visual evidence historically connected to ills of the past. Beyond a certain point -- and I say we're beyond it -- it's tie to live in the present and look forward." 

Ben Jones then writes.
McWhorter, who is black, writes Kanye West, the entertainer, has the idea that the way to weaken the force of the flag is to take over the symbol. West wears a jacket with the flag on it. He says, "It's my flag. Now what are you going to do about it?" McWhorter says that "is my idea of Black Power." 
I won't comment on the idiot reasons given by John McWhorter or Kanye West. I think they are fairly self-evident. However, it should show that their antics served the agenda of the neo-Confederates.

Neo-Confederacy is coming down, Round up of articles

National Park Service is pulling Confederate flag items from its gift shops. About time. Someone should check that they are pulling all the Confederate flags, not just the Battle flag.

Alabama governor has Confederate flag taken down.

Warner Brothers gets rid of Confederate flag "Dukes of Hazzard" toys.

Many retailers are banning the sale of Confederate merchandise: Walmart, Ebay, Amazon, Target, others.

Virginia is getting rid of the Confederate license plate

Other states are bound to re-think whether they should have Confederate flag license plates.

U.S. Congressmen Burnie Thompson wants to ban Confederate flags from the U.S. House.

Even the "New York Times" has gotten with it. "Tearing Down a Confederate Flag is Just a Start."

There is so much happening I can't keep up on it.

Black Commentator reruns article on Bill Clinton and the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Full of documentation about the UDC

Sorry. These are going to be short posts.

Black Commentator is re-running the article on Bill Clinton's letters of congratulations to the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC).

The article is full of documentation about the UDC and their ways.

Link is:

It is the cover story for this weeks issue.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Bill Clinton's letters to the United Daughters of the Confederacy are published in Buzzfeed

I wrote Hillary Clinton on the issues where presidential policies enable neo-Confederates.

The above is the questionnaire. So far I have written these people.

Proof of Mailing
Ted Cruz

Waiting for a response
Mike Huckabeee

Waiting for a response
Dr. Benjamin S. Carson

Waiting for a response
Carly Fiorina

Waiting for a response
Rand Paul

Waiting for a response
Marco Rubio

Waiting for a response
George Pataki

Waiting for a response
Lindsay Graham

Waiting for a response
Rick Santorum

Waiting for a response
Jeb Bush

Announcement date is unknown but is definitely running.
Bobby Jindal

Announces June 24th if he is running.
Scott Walker

Is he going to run?
Chris Christie

Is he going to run?
Bobby Jindal

Exploratory committee will announce after June 11th.
Martin O'Malley

Waiting for a response
Lincoln Chaffee

Got response.  Doesn't answer questionnaires.
Jim Webb

Has only exploratory Committee. Going to mail anyways. Has neo-Confederate elements in his thinking.
Rick Perry

Waiting for a response
Donald Trump

Annouced. No FEC filing yet.

Confederate flags at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Mobile, Alabama.

These are the links to the Confederate flags at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Mobile, Alabama.


The Sons of Confederate Veterans has pulled them off their website but the Internet Archive still has them.

From this web page which was also pulled.

For more information about what this is about go to this web page.

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