An Open Letter & Open Report, Part 1 / Gainesville & Hollywood, Florida / Righteous Indignation
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Date: Mon, Feb 27, 2017
Subject: An Open Letter & Open Report, Part 1 / Gainesville & Hollywood Florida / Righteous Indignation
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Dear Ms. Lunelle,
On Thursday, February 21, 2017, the Honorable Attorney, and Commander of the Judah P. Benjamin Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, the Honorable Phil Walters,
and myself would once again make our way to Gainesville, Florida to a City Council meeting for a public discussion on the removal of the Confederate soldiers monument on
the Courthouse grounds.
I wish that I could say that it is amazing to me that the only proponents who have come to this meeting, and the last two that I have attended to champion the removal of
the monument, have been one foul mouth Yankee White boy, two Yankee City Council members (Byerly and Hutchinson), and a scraggly disheveled Black man who has been emboldened
by the press, just like another called Dan Israel in Hollywood, Florida, of whom I shall speak of later in this resolve, as the procurator of the Black community. And who,
on this day, would prove himself to be an embraceor, as he recklessly dared to pass on to a member of the Council a full page note as they debated amongst themselves
the subject matter; bypassing the City Clerk and the decorum to do so. I would call him out, and the Councilman would return the note, which the public would receive a
copy of later on.
Once again the Veterans community, the City Museum and the majority of the public would speak against the removal of the monument. Mr. Walters clearly pointed out
among many things that the Council was going down a slippery slope that in future years would find other historical monuments, flags, etc., on the chopping blocks
because someone expressed being offended.
Mr. McCallister would point out the monuments in the North, like the 30′ high Union monument in Concord, Mass., built in memorial to an army that illegally invaded
the South with orders to impose total warfare against the innocent old men, women and children of the South as they burned, raped, plundered and murdered, could long have
been a target by the Southern people.
On Wednesday, February 22, 2017, alongside Mr. McCallister, I would attend an open forum titled Commission In the Community for District 5 of the Hollywood, Florida
community, where residents would ask questions, and share suggestions or concerns relating to city services, programs or events. The Honorable District 5 Commissioner,
Kevin Biederman, would facilitate the meeting.
Residents and non residents wishing to speak would be asked to fill out a speakers’ card that would include who they were, their current address and to pose a question,
or comment on what issue they were to speak about.
It is important to mention that while Mr. McCallister and I had come to speak against the proposed name changes of Forest, Lee, and Hood streets (last names of
Confederate Generals) that I found myself confounded by the hypocrisy present as we passed on our way to the meeting: Grant Street, named after the Union General who had,
among other things, burned 42 cities in the Great State of Mississippi, and had ordered many a Black Union soldier into suicide missions in his war of attrition. (see the
Battle of the Crater) 2. Sheridan Street, named after the Union General Sheridan who had burned the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, and in doing so, had remarked that a
crow flying over had better pack his bags and lunch because there would be nothing left. 3. Sherman Street, named after William T. Sherman, who went into the White House
to meet with Lincoln, came out, and gathered his men, telling them that he had orders from their Commanding Chief to take the theater of war to the front door of the
civilian population of the South to commit total warfare against them, to burn, murder, rape and plunder at will, and that there would never be an accounting for what
I could only think that anyone who calls themselves Southern and would sanction this content discrimination, and the removal of these men who had befriended the
African people and given up so much in the defense of the South, carry nothing but shame for themselves and their families.
And, much like the press in Gainesville had done, the media had brought forth a scraggly Black man who, of all things, would hail from the State of New York, and
emboldened him to be the procurator for the Black community of Hollywood who wanted the street names changed that carried the names of Forest, Hood, and Lee.
This foul mouth antagonist would begin his diatribe by equating the Honorable General Robert E. Lee as a traitor, and subhuman trash who beat his slaves everyday. And
that his generals were more of the same who fought to maintain the economic institution of slavery. Mr. McCallister would have to restrain me because I believe for the
very first time, I had lost it. This man had crossed the line with his character assassination of one of the most honorable men who had ever come to the Almighty God’s earth.
Part 2 shall be written on Tuesday, February 28, 2017. God bless you!
Honorary Member, Augusta Jane Evans 2640, United Daughters Of The Confederacy