The following letter was sent by certified mail today. I will be writing the heads of the other Junior ROTC services this coming week. If I don't get a satisfactory response I will be writing to higher levels in the military and to President Barack Obama if necessary. I am starting out with the letters and online postings, but will be fully developing my campaign in the coming months. I will still be writing Churches. The churches in the Dallas area are due a 2nd round of letters and I have been notifying my contacts in the area about the upcoming SCV convention there.
August 3, 2015
Dr. Joseph D. Smith
Director - NJROTC Program
Naval Service Training Command
250 Dallas Street, Ste. A
Pensacola, FL 32508-5268
Dear Dr. Smith:
I am writing you to ask that you no longer have cadets receive the H.L. Hunley Award from the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV). The SCV, is I believe by any reasonable standard, a racist and extremist group. I enclose a dossier which was published in Black Commentator online at http://www.blackcommentator.com/526/526_confederacy_sebesta_guest_share.html.
I also enclose a recent article that was published at Politico.com. It is also online at http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/04/civil-war-american-south-still-loves-confederacy-116771.html#.VWDG_pVFCM8. (I have the research byline.)
I am an investigative researcher into the neo-Confederate movement. I am published by peer-reviewed academic journals and university presses, as well as other media. I enclose a copy of my curriculum vitae which is online at http://www.templeofdemocracy.com/curriculum-vitae.html.
I was recently awarded the “Spirit of Freedom” medal by the African American Civil War Museum.
The SCV is not a patriotic organization. I enclose an article published in the Nov./Dec. 2007 Confederate Veteran, their official publication, where the Lt. Commander-in-Chief Ronald E. Casteel gives his regular column over to the former SCV Chaplain-in-Chief Fr. Alister C. Anderson who gives a scathing denunciation of Pledge of Allegiance. [Pages 8,9,56]
Fr. Anderson in the column writes, “Through some devious political connections he was permitted to write the Pledge of Allegiance with his Socialists intentions to weld together the mentality of all Americans in their allegiance to a centralized Federal Government.” [Page 56]
Then there is this statement in the column:
Southern scholars and historians have written that Bellamy’s idea to include “liberty and justice for all” is a substitute phrase which he was forced to use instead of his preferred phrase “Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity,” the atheist words of the radical French Revolution.” [Page 56]
I also enclose an article from the Nov./Dec. 2012 Confederate Veteran in which the cover article compares Lincoln to Karl Marx and Adolph Hitler. The article concludes with the sentence:
Lincoln, Marx, Engels, and Hitler are indeed a strange but deadly ‘Band of Brothers.’
Then there is the SCV’s recent promotion of an anti-Semitic book.
I enclose a photocopy of an advertisement in the Jan./Feb. 2015 issue of Confederate Veterans magazine, their official publication, Vol. 73 No.1, pages 70-71 in which they recommend, praise and sell the book, “The South Under Siege, 1830-2000,” by Frank Conner, Collards Press, 2002.
This book argues that the 20th century Civil Rights movement was a Jewish conspiracy carried out against the South and that the idea of racial equality was itself a part of the Jewish conspiracy.
For example on page 392 in his book Connor states:
Until after the turn of the 20th century, anthropologists had routinely recorded genetic as well as cultural differences between races and ethnic groups – that being the whole point of anthropology. The highlighted differences among the races hand included those of intelligence. But as Kevin MacDonald points out in The Culture of Critique, a German-Jewish-immigrant named Franz Boas changed all that. At Columbia, Boas arbitrarily claimed that biological differences between races were miniscule – that environment alone shaped the behavior of the different races and ethnic groups (a la Rousseau). A number of other Jewish anthropologists swiftly adopted Boas’ position; and soon the Jews dominated the field of cultural anthropology. As MacDonald points out, by 1915 the Jews had gained control of the American Anthropological Association; and by 1926 they were chairing the anthropology departments at all of the major universities.
The SCV recommends this book as follows:
This important book by SCV member Frank Conner examines the true relations between the North and South from 1830 to June 200. It identifies the real history of each region, and the lies and distortion by which the Northern liberals have created totally false stereotypes of both the Northern liberal and the traditional white Southerner. It tells what the North has done to the South, and why the North claims to have done it, why the North really did it, and what the consequences have been. An excellent defense against the official history currently taught in the government schools. [italics in the original, Jan./Feb. 2015, Confederate Veterans Magazine, Vol. 73 No.1, page 70.]
I enclose copies of pages 392-393 & 406 of the book. I also enclose pages vii and viii of the table of contents to show that these anti-Semitic statements are not isolated examples.
In the same advertisement of the SCV you can also see that they are promoting the book, “Southern by the Grace of God” by Michael Andrew Grissom. This is a book which glorifies and praises the Ku Klux Klan as saviors of the South. I enclose documentation.
The enclosed documentation is to corroborate two items in the enclosed Black Commentator article about the SCV.
The SCV is giving awards to Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) cadets to advance their agenda. I enclose an article titled, “SCV JROTC H.L. Hunley Award,” by A.C. Wilson III, National Chairman of the H.L. Hunley Award, in the Jan./Feb. 2014 Confederate Veteran, pages 62-64 in which Wilson explains the purpose of the award.
Wilson opens the article with:
Every year I have two or three camp commanders asking just exactly what this program does that contributes to our fulfilling General Stephen Dill Lee’s Charge to the Sons. [Page 62]
The “Charge” of Stephen D. Lee to the SCV is to promote the neo-Confederate version of the Civil War.
Wilson explains why the SCV has this program. The SCV gets to sit in at the awards programs and as he explains further:
Tomorrow’s leaders are sitting in these auditoriums and they represent the finest students their high school has to offer. As these young Americans are recognized by fraternal and military organizations, they remember who recognized their hard work and sacrifices. We, as presenters, sit among the communities proven leaders who are there representing the Sons of the American Revolution, Daughters of the American Revolution, Scottish Rite, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Military Order of Purple Hearts and many others. We are sitting alongside these individuals. We were not asked to sit on the back row, or they rather we not attend at all. We are meeting high school administrators, teachers and parents and will be asked to make presentations to classes on the War Between the States and share with these students the true history of the South, students who represent our future generations. [Page 62]
From the prior examples given we can see what the SCV considers to be “the true history” to be shared with students.
It could be pointed out that the SCV gives some of the H.L. Hunley awards to African American students, which is true. However, this appears to be a matter of public relations to obscure the ideology they are promoting.
Finally, when the Hunley sunk the U.S.S. Housatonic two officers and three non-officers lost their lives. Should we be giving awards that honor those who took the lives of American Navy servicepersons?
I ask that the SCV not be allowed to be involved with any programs of the NJROTC. In particular I ask that they not be allowed to use cadets to advance their neo-Confederate agenda.
Edward H. Sebesta