August 18, 2020
St. Augustine – Part 1
Dear Ms. Lunelle,
On Saturday, August 8, 2020, alongside the renowned and honorable attorney, David McCallister, on a day that would see us travel to several cities in the great state of Florida (St. Augustine, Palatka, Lake City) with expectations that the message we brought to its citizens would encourage and help them engage their ruling governmental bodies to refrain in their planned tasks to remove the Confederate Cenotaphs and other memorials of the Confederate Armed Forces.
Troubling for me, as we entered the City of St. Augustine, was how its Mayor and city commission had elevated their station to that of demigod as they colluded with a bigoted purpose – to pander to a so-called “Minsiter” and other domestic terrorists (NBBP, BLM, etc.) – to remove what they deemed racially sensitive; mainly the Confederate soldier’s Cenotaph, because of its purported ties to “slavery.”
If slavery was truly the issue that triggers insensitive moments for the black folk like myself, then the entire City of St. Augustine and, arguably, the State of Florida, with its Spanish influences and the number of Africans Spain pulled from the continent of Africa into slavery that surpassed America, Great Britain, France and Russia combined. And with its now holier than thou new standards has a lot of erasure work to do, starting with the Spanish Catholics.
And, not to forget, before 1838, only the Spanish Constitution was enacted in Florida, and the monument commemorating La Constituction de Cadiz still stands in front of Government House in St. Augustine. With the narrative put forward by this commission, it has got to go!
Disregarding its citizens’ will that the War Memorial not be moved, this commission in its continued actions against the Memorial, placing plaques at its base depicting lynching of blacks that had nothing to do with these soldiers defense of their homeland that had illegally been invaded with orders from its commanding chief to take the theater of war to the front door of defenseless old men, women and children, regardless of whether they be freed or indentured, as they burned, looted, raped and murdered their way.
And, ironically, here I stand alongside attorney McCallister as the son of former slaves, born in the era of Jim Crow, facing threats of injury or death daily, and told that I may have no standing in the courts of law, or before this city council, as the false narrative of sensitivity plays out as the traction for those who use an unsuspecting majority black populous as the weapon of choice to enable the Marxist agenda of Southern social, political and cultural genocide to move forward.
This council’s discrimination and systematic eradication of the memorials of an integrated armed force of freed and indentured brothers of the Southern soil, who came together to fight a common foe, and don’t deserve the fate that these white folk guilt and domestic terrorists have in store for all things Southern that includes the federal constitution and Jesus Christ.
Just like the invasion of 1861, we Southerners, red, yellow, brown, black and white, are at the brink of civil disobedience for truth, justice and any semblance of the rules of law now escape us once again. God help us and this country if the Southern white man loses his standing in this country. It’s all over with what little we have left after Lincoln as a Republic. God bless you!
Some More of “My Standing”
Chairman, Board of Advisors Emeritus, Southern Legal Resource Center
Member, Save Southern Heritage Florida
Loyal Son of Former Southern Slaves
Confederate Legion, Judah P. Benjamin Camp 2210, Sons of Confederate Veterans
Recipient, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis Medal
Recipient, Virginia Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Robert E. Lee Award
Honorary Life Member, Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans
Honorary Life Member, Kentucky Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans
Honorary Scot of Austin
Honorary Life Member, North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia, Orders of the Confederate Rose
Honorary Life Member, Forrest Orphans Camp 1744, Sons of Confederate Veterans
Honorary Associate Member, Abner Baker Chapter 14, United Daughters of the Confederacy
Honorary Life Member, Longstreet Zolicoffer Camp 87, Sons of Confederate Veterans
Honorary Life Member, Bradford Rose Camp 1638, Sons of Confederate Veterans
President, Southern Heritage 411