Thursday, June 22, 2017

Despite Growing Opposition, Richmond Mayor Pushes to Add PC "Context" to Confederate Monuments

June 22. 2017
Richmond, Virginia

Earlier today, the city of Richmond announced the formation of a “Monument Avenue Commission” to “help the city redefine the false narrative of the Confederate statues that line Richmond’s grandest Boulevard”.  The Virginia Flaggers are extremely disappointed that Richmond’s newly elected Mayor, Levar Stoney, has chosen to make war against the Confederate monuments that line Monument Avenue in Richmond and against the thousands of descendants of Confederate Veterans that they represent and honor, diverting precious resources and taxpayer money away from the real and pressing matters facing the Capital of the Confederacy, and creating division and disharmony in our community.

Thankfully, the Commonwealth has a law that protects ALL war memorials, and also prevents them from being altered.  Following the lead of disgraced New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Mayor Stoney has chosen to tow the PC line of the NAACP and SPLC, who have promoted the false narrative that our monuments and memorials are somehow tied to “racism, slavery, Jim Crow, and white supremacy.”  This false narrative has gained traction with the left, who has successfully used it to convince politicians to take up their cause of attempting to remove every trace of the Confederacy from public view.  Mr. Stoney appears to have caved to their pressure.

Poll after poll shows that an overwhelming majority of citizens of the Commonwealth oppose any removal or altering of War Memorials, and across Virginia, politicians who have supported such nonsense have consistently been voted out of office or lost their bid for election. 

Our monuments and memorials need no new “narrative” or “context” added to them, especially one based on the PC false narrative of the NAACP and SPLC.  Their meaning is carved in stone and has absolutely nothing to do with “racism, slavery, Jim Crow, or white supremacy”, and everything to do with honoring men who answered the call of the Commonwealth to defend hearth and home from invasion.

The Virginia Flaggers stand ready to vigorously defend these monuments, and the men they represent, from any and all destruction, removal, and/or alteration, and support for our Cause gains momentum with every petty attempt like this one where a politician looks to make a name for himself and gain political points with a very small percentage of their electorate.  Mayor Stoney would do well to look to Charlottesville, where City Council voted to destroy the Robert E. Lee monument, in violation of state law, and in the process plunged the city into chaos and racial division that locals say is unlike any they have seen in decades. Of the three councilmen who voted to remove the monument, disgraced Vice-Mayor Wes Bellamy has lost his teaching position with Albermarle County and his position on the State Board of Education, Kristen Szakos has announced she will not run for re-election, and Bob Fenwick, who cast the deciding vote, recently lost his bid for his party's nomination for his council seat.

True diversity and inclusiveness is not achieved by destroying the history of one group of people, in order to appease the demands of another.

CALL TO ACTION!

The city has set up a website to receive public comments, www.monumentavenuecommission.org. Please visit the website and leave a comment asking them to leave the monuments alone.

CONTACT MAYOR LEVAR STONEY:
Mayor's Office
City of Richmond
900 E. Broad St., Suite 201
Richmond, VA
23219 USA
Phone: (804)646-7970
Fax: (804)646-7987
Email: 
RVAMayor@richmondgov.com or levarstoney@gmail.com

Look for more updates about scheduled public meetings of the commission, and more ways to support our efforts here on the ground.

6 comments:

Judith B. Landry said...

I marvel at the ungraciousness - no, the hatefulness - of these people! Are they never satisfied? We lost the war and have been subjugated ever since, and now they won't even let us keep our monuments to the dead unless THEY get to interpret them! May God thwart every plan of theirs!

Karen Bartlett said...

Judith B. Landry: Amen. Deo Vindice, sister. [><]

Raymond Harris said...

It is time, to fight back! Our ancestors fought for us.it's our turn!

S. P. Gambone said...

Obviously fighting any new “context” or change is the priority. However another simultaneous battle can be waged over what’s included in the Commission’s proposed context itself. Correcting the false narratives promoted by Yankees here up North and their co-conspirator Home Yankees there down South with some simple truths that inform.

Any changes or new context MUST include:
1. The number of black, white and other women raped and/or murdered by Union forces during the war, along with available victim names and their stories.
2. The estimated number of Africans who died on Yankee slave ships along with the Yankee slave ship horror stories (There were NO Confederate slave ships.)
3. The number of Northern slaves freed by the Emancipation Proclamation... zero.
4. The total estimated value of Virginia items pillaged by Union forces in both then and now dollars.
5. The names of ALL of Virginia’s Confederate soldiers killed by Union forces, their total number as well as their race, religion and ethnicity.
6. and so on...

Meade Skelton Haufe said...

S.P. Gamboree:
Very good list!
May I add a few more also:

1.During the war, Jefferson Davis and his family adopted an orphaned black child and took him in as their own. Not as a slave, but as a child to raise. As far as I know, Abe Lincoln never did such a thing to save his life.

2.Lincoln was not an abolitionist. Direct quotes from Lincoln himself suggest he was not only not an abolitionist, but every bit a white supremacist! During the Lincoln-Douglas debates he said he considered the Africans in America "inferior" and believe they should never hold any public office or be able to vote! "Let the South go? where the would be our revenue?"

3.War crimes were done by Lincoln himself- including launching a war upon the South without congressional approval, as well as suspending Habeas Corpus. He sent 75,000 troops to occupy Ft. Sumter- with the sole intention of inciting a retaliation to commence the war in which he desired.

4.Robert E. Lee was perhaps the first white man ever to take communion next to a black man in church. The whole congregation followed suit. Lee made it known that he didn't like slavery. His slaves were freed in 1862. He believed in defending his homeland- his beloved Virginia.

5.Jefferson Davis in his own words said "We fight not for slavery, but for independence"
Let us put all these truths out for all to see.

James Owen said...

"THEY get to interpret them!"

They figure, since they won, America is "their" country to rule over as they see fit. Of course, they thought that well before 1860. The still do.