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An Open Letter / Lakeland Watch / Lakeland’s Anti Christ
November 25, 2018
Lakeland Watch | Lakeland’s Anti-Christ
Dear Ms. Lunelle,
Prior to the vote on May 7, 2018, by the Lakeland, Florida City Commission to remove the Confederate Cenotaph, the citizens, clearly in a majority, spoke. They did not want the Confederate Cenotaph removed from Munn Park.
And from among those who would express that position would be an elegant elderly black lady, a one Mrs. Troutman (mother of one Ashley Troutman), who would tell the Honorable David McCallister and myself prior to the first public hearing on the Cenotaph that nothing but hate could be gained from removing the Cenotaph, and that it should not be removed.
Mrs. Troutman’s son Ashley, moments later, would echo her very words to the council and members of the public. Even going further by advocating that the council should hold a forum with the stake holders on both sides of the issue, tantamount to the table of brotherhood as espoused by Dr. Martin Luther King, and come up with another solution. The council and public would give him an arousing ovation for his comments.
Troutman, in a meeting with you and myself not long after, would voice a 180 degree reversal from his original position. Proclaiming that he needed to think about his family, and his livelihood first. Obviously, the NAACP and the lone Yankee that sits on the council (Don Selvage) had coerced him into changing his position.
Let me make it perfectly clear, “No Yankee should be party to any discussion, or action involving removal of, name changing of any entity of the War For Southern Independence.” And they all should recuse themselves from the conversation of debate.
As I watched the Lakeland City Commission meeting of November 23, 2018, to my surprise, there sat the Angel of the Anti-Christ, Selvage, whose term on the commission had expired, now once again leading the charge for the commission to use Red Light funds to remove the Confederate Cenotaph after a previous vote had been taken to use only private funds for this unholy endeavor.
Once again the people had spoken! They could not raise the funds. Selvage proclaimed that $25,000 had been raised and that these funds could be added to with the Red Light funds (approximately $275,000) in order to give the illusion that the public supported it.
Even more depressing to me was to see a supposed Southern black man stand before this commission and members of the public proclaiming that a Yankee monument should have been built and placed in Munn Park, and if it had been that we would not be here now debating this issue. I felt so ashamed that a black man proclaiming to be a Southerner would utter such a pathetic statement. One not worthy of comment. I know that the Honorable Dr. Alexander Darnes and Christopher Columbus Quarrels, and a host of black Confederates, must be turning over in their graves.
What he should have said was …. “We wouldn’t be here today if a crazed and doped up young man with mental problems, who walked into a black church in Charleston, South Carolina, after being told by the parishioners; ‘Baby come on in here, ain’t nobody in here gonna bite you. Yea son, we was just talking about how God sent his only begotten son to save us sinners;” “Amen,” he would hear them say! We wouldn’t be here today.
And moments later he would pull a weapon, and send some wonderful folks running into the arms of Jesus. And that if the fake news had not begun an unwarranted attack on the Southern Cross colors on the Confederate Cenotaph, learning after they alleged that colors on the Cenotaph somehow not at half mast was some how indicative to racism. The first lie.
And to cover the insult they now bore, in their scheming, vindictive way, they conjured up a photoshop picture with Dylan Roof holding the alleged weapon he used to kill in the House of God and the Southern Cross in the other.
And to add insult to injury, this commission seems hellbent on advancing the charge that would lead to the violation of the 1st Amendment in the destruction of historic art work and memorial expression to dead veterans.
I am so proud that the organization Save Southern Heritage-Florida has filed a lawsuit to stop this unholy venture. God bless you!
Chairman, Board of Advisors Emeritus, Southern Legal Resource Center
Honorary Life Member, Judah P. Benjamin Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans
Recipient, National Sons of Confederate Veterans H.L. Hunley Award
Honorary Life Member, Augusta Jane Evans Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy
President, Southern Heritage 411