Charlottesville City Council Votes to Violate State Law - Will Attempt to Tear Down Lee Monument
Last night, in a city council meeting that once again resembled more of a circus than a representative form of government, Charlottesville City Council voted 3-2 to attempt to tear down the magnificent equestrian statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from its place in LEE Park. Against the advice of its own City Attorney, its self-appointed Blue Ribbon Commission, and the wishes of the overwhelming majority of its citizens, they voted to violate state law in order to carry out their campaign of hate and bigotry. Tensions were high and police had to escort several people out of the meeting when tempers boiled over into fighting, all a result of the divisive climate created by City Council. A 10 year old girl who stood to address city council was actually booed loudly by the monument haters and others were the target of their jeers and taunts.
The majority of the speakers last night spoke eloquently and passionately for keeping the monuments. Perhaps one of the most poignant moments was when Kenneth Jackson, an African-American and life-long member of the community got up and called Bellamy out for the chaos, hate, and division he and Szakos have caused in the community. He received thunderous applause and cheers for his comments, which included…
“I can tell y’all, we didn’t have these issues. We grew up together. I used to walk through every neighborhood,” he said. “Don’t play black folks for a fool. This disgusts me — and you’re supposed to be our leaders? Our parents didn’t hate the statue.”
The few that spoke for removal, like the council members who voted to do the same, blamed the Robert E. Lee monument for everything from white supremacy…to Jim Crow…to President Trump. It was obvious to anyone there that this entire process was a set up from the start. Comments from council member Kristin Szakos, Wes Bellamy, and Bob Fenwick were so ridiculous that they brought outbursts of laughter from the council chambers… reflective of the fact that the entire county is laughing at them, as well. The biggest rise came when Fenwick had the nerve to complain about the fact that Wes Bellamy had received messages that came from folks who were obviously “racist”. Poor Wes was apparently so shook up that he spent the entire meeting staring at his laptop, even when citizens were speaking. Apparently not much has changed since he tweeted “I really tune out when white people talk in community meetings” just a few short years ago…
The fate of the monument was decided by three people. Councilman Kristin Szakos, a leftist extremist who has called for the removal for years put forth the proposal. The motion was seconded by disgraced Vice-Mayor Wes Bellamy, who led the charge to tear down the monument last spring, and was forced to resign from both the State Board of Education AND his position as a teacher in Albermarle County Schools after numerous vulgar and vile racist, sexist and homophobic tweets were uncovered and published. http://www.cavalierdaily.com/article/2016/11/wes-bellamy-charlottesville-twitter The third and deciding vote came from Bob Fenwick, a spineless, career politician who flip flopped after voting no just two weeks ago. One can only imagine what happened in the past two weeks to purchase that vote. Mayor Mike Signer and Councilman Kathy Galvin voted to keep the statues, but they are no friends to us our any citizen who honors Confederate heritage. In their comments, they both made it clear that they have also bought (hook, line and sinker) into the false white supremacy/racist/slavery narrative that has so permeated this entire process. They basically apologized for voting no.
For those of you who had not been following our ongoing war with Charlottesville City Council, the vote last night was not unexpected. We were prepared and if you had to sit through any of those meetings you understand why we are actually glad it finally happened and we no longer have to sit through meeting after meeting waiting for the shoe to drop. Our attorney will be sending a letter today, detailing what action is forthcoming, and we understand lawsuits and injunctions will be filed by others as soon as the courthouse doors open this morning.
The social justice activist extremists in Charlottesville have voted to violate state law and even bragged about it in their comments. Fenwick, in his comments, says he "welcomes lawsuits". Apparently, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars is no big deal when it's taxpayer money that is being wasted.
The statues aren't going anywhere. These people actually think things will quiet down now. They are mistaken. We have not yet begun to fight.
We are well prepared for this next battle, but will need help and support. Poles are under construction as we type for new flag sites in and around Charlottesville, and we are working on several other surprises. Please stay tuned for more information about how you can help. It is our prayer that this action by Charlottesville City Council will have the effect that so many others have had...to awaken thousands more to action to defend our history, heritage, and the good name of the Confederate soldier.
“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” ― George Orwell