FIRST CONFEDERATE FLAG

Look at this flag.

This is a historical flag that represents the Confederate States of America—a historical nation in the history of the United States of America, the State of Florida, the County of Escambia, and the City of Pensacola.

This flag was in a public space.

That meant this flag belonged to the public.

The public was the people.

We were the people—and no one had the right to censor this flag without our consent.

To do so was to violate our First Amendment right to freedom of speech.

This flag belonged to us—no one had the right to censor it without our consent.

It didn’t matter how we felt about the historical Confederate States of America.

It only mattered that this flag belonged to us—the public, the people.

And no one had any right to censor it without our consent.

NOT JUST “SCREAMING AT CARS”

History is biased because history is written by the victors—not the vanquished.

Most Americans do not know this though.

Though most Americans on the political right probably know that the history of the United States, in regards to the Confederate States, is filled with lies because the United States has been the victor since 1865, most Americans on the political right certainly do not know that the history of Israel, in regards to Palestine, is filled with lies because Israel has been the victor since 1948.

Though most Americans on the political left probably know that the history of Israel, in regards to Palestine, is filled with lies because Israel has been the victor since 1948, most Americans on the political left certainly do not know that the history of the United States, in regards to the Confederate States, is filled with lies because the United States has been the victor since 1865.

I know that history is biased because history is written by the victors—not the vanquished.

I know that the history of Israel, in regards to Palestine, is filled with lies because Israel has been the victor since 1948.

It is my personal responsibility to share this knowledge with my fellow Americans on the political right—to the best of my ability.

I know that history is biased because history is written by the victors—not the vanquished.

I know that the history of the United States, in regards to the Confederate States, is filled with lies because the United States has been the victor since 1865.

It is my personal responsibility to share this knowledge with my fellow Americans on the political left—to the best of my ability.

 

150 years ago, the Republican Party was punishing the entire Southern region of the United States for the murderous act of one deranged zealot—John Wilkes Booth.

And 150 years later, the Republican Party is punishing the entire Southern region of the United States for the murderous act of one deranged zealot—Dylann Storm Roof.

Formed in 1854—not for the abolition of slavery, but for the creation of an American empire centered in the industrialized Northern region of the United States—the Republican Party, from the very beginning, was literally pledged against the South.

Now the Republican Party is pledged against the South, once again.

And just as it is time for Democratic voters all over the United States to abandon the Democratic Party, it is time for Republican voters all over the United States to abandon the Republican Party—especially in the South.

Because history is repeating itself.

 

In the Twentieth Century, idealistic young people gathered in opposition to censorship.

In the Twenty-first Century, idealistic young people gather in support of censorship.

In the Twentieth Century, idealistic young people gathered in support of freedom of speech.

In the Twenty-first Century, idealistic young people gather in opposition to freedom of speech.

How is this happening?

 

On June 17, 2015, Dylann Roof murdered nine people at Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

I am so tired of being punished for his crime.

You should be tired of it too.

WHAT CHRISTIANS WHO “STAND WITH ISRAEL” WILL WANT TO KNOW ABOUT ZIONISM AND THE ZIONIST STATE OF ISRAEL

The American people deserve to know the truth since they also pay for Israel’s war crimes. The American people have been paying for Israel’s war crimes since 1948.

Protesters wave Palestinians flags in front of Israeli solders on Gaza’s border with Israel, east of Beit Lahiya, Gaza Strip, Wednesday, April 4, 2018. A leading Israel human rights group urged Israeli forces in a rare step Wednesday to disobey open-fire orders unless Gaza protesters pose an imminent threat to soldiers’ lives. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

Palestinian mourners carry the body of 23-year-old Mojahid al-Khodari, who was killed early Thursday morning by an Israeli airstrike, during his funeral in Gaza City, Thursday, April 5, 2018. A second man died Thursday from wounds sustained in a mass protest along the Israeli border. The fatalities bring to 21 the number of people killed in confrontations in the volatile area since last week. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

A relative of Palestinian Mohammed Abu Saada, who was killed on Friday during clashes with the Israeli troops near the Gaza-Israel border, mourns at a hospital morgue in the central Gaza Strip November 18, 2016. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

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A young man sleeps in a house that was shelled by Israel during Operation Protective Edge, east of Gaza City, on September 1, 2014.
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A Palestinian woman gestures as she stands amidst destruction following an Israeli military strike in Gaza City on July 08, 2014 . The Israeli air force launched dozens of raids on the Gaza Strip overnight after massive rocket fire from the enclave pounded southern Israel, leaving 17 people injured, sources said. AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS

A Palestinian scout collects human remains from a classroom inside a UN school in Gaza City after the area was hit by shelling on July 30, 2014. Israeli bombardments early on July 30 killed “dozens” of Palestinians in Gaza, including at least 16 at a UN school, medics said, on day 23 of the Israel-Hamas conflict. AFP PHOTO / MARCO LONGARI

Palestinian laborers wait to cross an Israeli checkpoint as they return to their homes after a day’s work in the Jewish state in 2010 near the village of Ni’ilin in the West Bank

Israeli forces, including soldiers disguised as Palestinians, violently arrest a Palestinian child in occupied Jerusalem on October 24, 2014.

The occupied Palestinian territories have seen a rise in clashes and protests due to Israeli army raids on Qalandiya and Jenin camps over the past two weeks.

Choose to return our First Confederate Flag to our Five Flags Displays—now.

150 years ago, the Republican Party was punishing the entire Southern region of the United States for the murderous act of one deranged zealot—John Wilkes Booth.

And 150 years later, the Republican Party is punishing the entire Southern region of the United States for the murderous act of one deranged zealot—Dylann Storm Roof.

Formed in 1854—not for the abolition of slavery, but for the creation of an American empire centered in the industrialized Northern region of the United States—the Republican Party, from the very beginning, was literally pledged against the South.

Now the Republican Party is pledged against the South, once again.

And just as it is time for Democratic voters all over the United States to abandon the Democratic Party, it is time for Republican voters all over the United States to abandon the Republican Party—especially in the South.

Because history is repeating itself.

Mayor (Grover) Robinson, the above is a post I wrote on my blog, Solosocial—after I learned that Nimrata (“Nikki”) Randhawa Haley was a Republican, that Robert Bentley was a Republican, that Kay Ivey was a Republican, that Ashton Hayward was a Republican, that Doug Underhill was a Republican, that Wilson Robertson was a Republican, that Steven Barry was a Republican, that Jeff Bergosh was a Republican, that Robert Bender was a Republican, and that you were, and still are, a Republican.
In other words, Mayor Robinson, I wrote that post after learning that the overwhelming majority of state and local politicians who were—and still are—censoring their constituents’ Confederate flags and monuments, without their constituents’ consent were—and still are—Republicans. 
Mayor Robinson, though my first presidential electoral vote was for Ross Perot in 1992, I was a registered Republican voter until 2003.  And I was never a registered Democratic voter.
But in 2003, when President George W. Bush—for whom I had voted, and whom I had strongly supported—decided to send U.S. troops to Iraq, when he still had U.S. troops in Afghanistan, I changed my voting registration to independent (no party affiliation), where it remains today.
Mayor Robinson, neoconservatives are ruining the Republican Party.
Neoconservatives have been slowly returning the Republican Party to its original, totalitarian platform, ever since George W. Bush started this “Global War on Terrorism”—and especially since Nimrata (“Nikki”) Randhawa Haley started this posthumous extermination of the Confederate States of America, on June 22, 2015.
And, Mayor Robinson, by participating in this posthumous extermination of the Confederate States of America, you are showing yourself to be one of these subversive, neoconservative politicians who are ruining the Republican Party.
And you are participating in this posthumous extermination of the Confederate States of America by keeping our First Confederate Flag censored from our Five Flags Displays—after initially keeping it censored, as an Escambia County commissioner, on June 25, 2015, without the consent of your constituents.
Mayor Robinson, the Republican Party was the totalitarian party of the United States—which did not recognize the rights of the States, at all—until the Twentieth Century.
It was not until the Twentieth Century—when the Democratic Party began shifting its platform to one of federal domination—that the Republican Party became the party of States’ rights.
So what kind of Republican do you want to be, Mayor Robinson?
Do you want to be a Republican like Abraham Lincoln—who ordered 75,000 United States troops to invade the Confederate States of America, simply to retake a fort—starting a war that needlessly cost the lives of up to a million Americans, of all races and ethnicities?
Do you want to be a Republican like William Tecumseh Sherman—who truthfully stated that war was hell, then used that truth as an excuse to massacre civilians, and burn down their homes?
Or do you want to be a Republican like Andrew Johnson—who was impeached by a Republican House of Representatives, simply for attempting to carry out a policy of forgiveness and reconciliation toward the vanquished Confederate States of America?
Or a Republican like Rutherford B. Hayes—who withdrew the occupying Union troops from the Southern United States, thus ending twelve years of total occupation, displacement, subjugation, and even genocide?
Or a Republican like Dwight D. Eisenhower—who had the wisdom to desegregate the public schools in the United States, yet not to forcibly integrate them?
Maybe you would like to be a Republican like Gerald Ford—who I consider to have been the last good president of the United States, at all—the last U.S. president who did not leave this country in worse shape when he left office than when he took it.
I couldn’t imagine President Gerald Ford censoring a historical Confederate flag, without the consent of the people to whom that historical Confederate flag belonged—could you?
Maybe you would like to be a Republican like Ronald Reagan.
I couldn’t imagine President Ronald Reagan censoring a historical Confederate flag, without the consent of the people to whom that historical Confederate flag belonged—could you?
Maybe you would even like to be a Republican like Donald Trump.
I couldn’t even imagine President Donald Trump censoring a historical Confederate flag, without the consent of the people to whom that historical Confederate flag belonged—could you?
Mayor Robinson, every time I see you engaged in any mayoral activity, on the local news, it has something to do with tourism.
You seem hellbent on building up Greater Pensacola’s tourism industry to record levels.
That is very ironic, since Pensacola’s Five Flags Displays were erected immediately after Pensacola’s Fiesta of Five Flags was begun—as a tourist attraction.
Mayor Robinson, the Confederate Battle Flag, in our Five Flags Displays, was replaced with the First Confederate Flag (a.k.a. the Stars and Bars), in 2000.
This was done by local politicians to pacify those who might be offended by a Confederate battle flag—including tourists.
And it was done without our consent too.
Yet most of us Escambia County, Florida, residents approved of this change, because the First Confederate Flag more accurately represented the Confederate States of America—as a historical nation in Pensacola’s history—anyway.
The Confederate Battle Flag was never the national flag of the Confederate States—it was designed only for the battlefield, and used only in the battlefield.
Yet the First Confederate Flag (a.k.a. the Stars and Bars) was not only the first national flag of the Confederate States—it was the only national flag of the Confederate States that ever flew over Pensacola, Florida.
Pensacola, Florida, was captured by Union troops early in the war—May 10, 1862—before the Second Confederate Flag (a.k.a. the Stainless Banner) and Third Confederate Flag (a.k.a. the Bloodstained Banner) were ever designed.
Pensacola, Florida, was a Confederate city from February 4, 1861, to May 10, 1862. 
That is not a very long time.
But, Mayor Robinson, the Confederate States of America was one of the five nations under which Pensacola, Florida, has existed.
And, Mayor Robinson, the First Flag of the Confederate States has as much of a right to be a part of our Five Flags Displays as the Flag of Colonial Spain, the Flag of Colonial France, the Flag of Colonial Britain, and the Flag of the United States do.
And you know that.
Mayor Robinson, your assertion—that you want to keep the State Flag of Florida in place of the First Confederate Flag, in our Five Flags Displays, because you want the State of Florida to be represented in our Five Flags Displays—is a laughable lie.
The State of Florida is represented among the seven initial stars (and thirteen eventual stars) on the First Confederate Flag—as well as the fifty stars on the United States Flag—and you know that.
And the State Flag of Florida is displayed atop all state government buildings and public schools in Florida, and even at all Walmart Supercenters in Florida—and you know that too.
In fact, Mayor Robinson, one might say that the State Flag of Florida belongs everywhere in Greater Pensacola, Florida, but the Five Flags Displays of Greater Pensacola, Florida.
Last Thursday, when I told you that Pensacola, Florida, was no longer the City of Five Flags, because of this ongoing, government-imposed censorship of our First Confederate Flag from our Five Flags Displays—and you replied that you saw “five flags up there”—I did not appreciate that insulting remark.
Mayor Robinson, you are obviously far more ignorant about history, civics, and personal responsibility than I could ever be.  But you are not as ignorant about history, civics, and personal responsibility as you pretend to be.
I have recently learned that, because Mayor Hayward did not hold a referendum before he censored our First Confederate Flag from our Five Flags Displays, you actually have the sole authority to return our First Confederate Flag to our Five Flags Displays.
As long as you keep our First Confederate Flag censored from our Five Flags Displays, you dishonor the Republican Party—which you claim to represent.
And as long as you keep our First Confederate Flag censored from our Five Flags Displays, you disrespect the people of Pensacola—whom you claim to represent.
You can honor your Republican Party by returning our First Confederate Flag to its rightful place in our Five Flags Displays.
You can respect your Pensacola constituents by returning our First Confederate Flag to its rightful place in our Five Flags Displays.
Choose to do the honorable thing.
Choose to do the respectful thing.
Choose to return our First Confederate Flag to our Five Flags Displays—now. 
Scott Wesley Mayo
Proud opponent of government-imposed censorship
Proud descendant of Confederate veterans
Proud American who is doing everything he can to prevent his country’s self-destruction
The posthumous extermination of the Confederate States of America is destructive to the United States of America.

So much more work to do.

I attended the Pensacola City Council meeting yesterday evening.

In my three minutes, I held one of my First Confederate flags up before the City Council members—and the mayor—and said this:

“Pensacola City Council, this is the First Confederate Flag.  Since June 24, 2015, this historical flag has been censored from our historical flags displays—without our consent.

“Look at this flag.  This is a historical flag that represents the Confederate States of America—a historical nation in the history of the United States of America, the State of Florida, the County of Escambia, and the City of Pensacola.

“This flag was in a public space.  That meant this flag belonged to the public.  The public was the people.  We were the people—and no one had the right to censor this flag without our consent.  To do so was to violate our First Amendment right to freedom of speech.

“This flag belonged to us—no one had the right to censor it without our consent.  It didn’t matter how we felt about the historical Confederate States of America.  It only mattered that this flag belonged to us—the public, the people.

“And no one had any right to censor it without our consent.

“This is the First Confederate Flag.  Since June 24, 2015, this historical flag has been censored from our historical flags displays—without our consent.”

I then read this:

“Pensacola City Council, I ask you to do everything you can to return our First Confederate Flag to its rightful place in our Five Flags Displays.

“At the very least, I ask you to do the one thing you have never been allowed to do—by the Mayor of Pensacola, or by the Escambia County Board of County Commissioners.  I ask you to place this issue—of this ongoing, government-imposed censorship of our First Confederate Flag from our Five Flags Displays—on the agenda for discussion at a Pensacola City Council meeting, as soon as you can.

“Thank you for your time and consideration.”

I finished, just in time.

When I got a chance, later on, I asked staff members to distribute copies of the above statement—with my contact information this time—to all of the City Council members present, as well as Pensacola Mayor Grover C. Robinson IV, and this was done.

The Pensacola City Council members seemed sympathetic to my cause—and City Councilman P.C. Wu met me outside the auditorium, and expressed his appreciation for what I was doing, after the meeting.

Yet when I was outside, waiting for my cab home, Mayor Robinson spoke to me—and this was the first time I had ever met him.

Mayor Robinson stated that he understood where I was coming from—but he made it very clear to me that he was going to keep the State Flag of Florida where our First Confederate Flag was supposed to be, in our Five Flags Displays.

This was right in front of the Five Flags display in front of Pensacola City Hall—so I was able to show Mayor Robinson exactly what I was talking about.  I tried to reason with him—arguing as politely as I could.  I thanked him for speaking to me, in person—but stated that I was disappointed that he still refused to return our First Confederate Flag to our Five Flags Displays.

“Mayor Robinson, Pensacola is no longer the City of Five Flags—because of this censorship,” I said.

He pointed at the Five Flags display, and said, “I see five flags up there.”

“Yes,” I replied, “But you know the State Flag of Florida, in our Five Flags Displays, totally defeats the purpose of our Five Flags Displays, because our Five Flags Displays are historical displays that represent the five nations under which Pensacola has existed—not states.”

Mayor Robinson shook his head, and said he was going to keep the State Flag of Florida in place of the First Confederate Flag—so that the State of Florida could be represented in our Five Flags Displays.

I pointed to the seven stars on my First Confederate flag, and made it clear that the State of Florida was represented on the First Confederate Flag too—that the State of Florida was the third state to secede from the United States, and join the Confederate States.

Nothing I said made any difference—I could not reason with Mayor Robinson, no matter how sound my reasoning was.

I even explained to Mayor Robinson that one of the reasons local public officials replaced the Confederate Battle Flag, in our Five Flags Displays, with the First Confederate Flag, in 2000, was that the First Confederate Flag was the only national flag of the Confederate States that ever flew over Pensacola—because Pensacola was captured by Union troops so early in the war (May 10, 1862).  I explained that the First Confederate Flag was the only flag that could accurately represent the Confederate States of America, as a historical nation in the history of Greater Pensacola—and this was why it was so important that it be returned to its rightful place in our Five Flags Displays.

But Mayor Robinson [I started to type “Hayward” there—they are so much alike] reaffirmed that he would never return the First Confederate Flag to our Five Flags Displays—that he would keep the State Flag of Florida where the First Confederate Flag was supposed to be, in our Five Flags Displays—forever.

Mayor Robinson even made the ridiculous point that he wasn’t removing our Confederate Memorial Monument—as Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward had proposed to do.  That’s what his verbal language said.  His nonverbal language said this: ‘Hey, I’m leaving the Confederate Monument alone—why are you complaining about the First Confederate Flag being censored from the Five Flags Displays?’

I started to explain to Mayor Robinson that our Confederate Memorial Monument was never threatened with censorship, in the first place, until our First Confederate Flag was censored, without our consent—that even our Bayview Park Cross was never threatened with censorship, in the first place, until our First Confederate Flag was censored, without our consent (our Bayview Park Cross was never threatened with censorship until July 29, 2015—just over a month after Mayor Hayward and the Escambia County Board of County Commissioners (which included Grover C. Robinson IV) censored our First Confederate Flag from our Five Flags Displays, without our consent—without even allowing us to vote on it).  But Mayor Robinson was done talking to me.

Mayor Robinson made it completely clear that the Pensacola City Council could discuss the ongoing, government-imposed censorship of our First Confederate Flag from our Five Flags Displays, if it wanted to—but that he would never return our First Confederate Flag to its rightful place in our Five Flags Displays, no matter what.

So Mayor Robinson only spoke to me to try to discourage me from pursuing this—as he had done before, via email.

Mayor Robinson knows that I am the only Escambia County resident who both knows and cares enough about this issue—of this ongoing, government-imposed censorship of our First Confederate Flag from our Five Flags Displays—to resolve it, or die trying.

But he has power—I do not.

He has wealth—I do not.

And he has influence—I do not.

So I’m still up against, not something impossible, but someone impossible—Mayor Grover C. Robinson IV.

I have recently learned that, because Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward did not hold a referendum before he censored our First Confederate Flag from our Five Flags Displays, Mayor Grover C. Robinson IV, alone, has the authority to return our First Confederate Flag to its rightful place in our Five Flags Displays.

And though Mayor Robinson will not yield to pressure—or even reason—from little old me, Mayor Robinson would certainly yield to pressure from the majority of Escambia County, Florida, residents.

But the majority of Escambia County, Florida, residents do not even know what the First Confederate Flag is, when they see it—let alone that it has been censored from their historical flags displays, without their consent, since June 24, 2015.

I have a dream that goes like this:

A flag company ships me 314,000 First Confederate flags—just like mine—free of charge.

Then I deliver one of these 314,000 First Confederate flags to every resident of Escambia County, Florida—free of charge.

As I carry one of my original First Confederate flags to the censored Five Flags display in front of the Osceola Municipal Golf Course on Tonawanda Drive, I am joined by neighbors carrying their First Confederate flags.

As we carry our First Confederate flags to the WEAR television station on Mobile Highway, we are joined by neighbors carrying their First Confederate flags.

And as we carry our First Confederate flags to the Pensacola City Hall on West Main Street, we are joined by more neighbors carrying their First Confederate flags.

When Pensacola Mayor Grover C. Robinson IV beholds hundreds of thousands of Escambia County, Florida, residents approaching his office with First Confederate flags, he realizes what he must do.

He must return our First Confederate Flag to its rightful place in our Five Flags Displays—immediately.

Then I wake up.

And I wonder how I will ever inform 314,000 Escambia County, Florida, residents what the First Confederate Flag is, when they see it—let alone that it has been censored from their historical flags displays, without their consent, since June 24, 2015.

So much more work to do.

PENSACOLA CITY COUNCIL:

My name is Scott Wesley Mayo, and I reside very close to the Five Flags display in front of the Osceola Municipal Golf Course on Tonawanda Drive.
Pensacola City Council, our First Confederate Flag has been censored from our Five Flags Displays since June 24, 2015—without our consent.
I have brought this issue to the attention of Randy Wood, Programming Director at WEAR, and Kimberly Wyatt, News Director at WEAR.  Mr. Wood and Ms. Wyatt have encouraged me to bring this issue to your attention—and I appreciate their encouragement.
Pensacola City Council, in 2000, local politicians here in Greater Pensacola replaced our Confederate Battle Flag, in our Five Flags Displays, with the First Confederate Flag (also known as the Stars and Bars).  Because the First Confederate Flag did not resemble the Confederate Battle Flag in any way, no one expressed opposition to the First Confederate Flag.  And because the First Confederate Flag was the first national flag of the Confederate States, I felt that it better represented the Confederate States, as a historical nation in the history of Greater Pensacola, Florida.
Then on June 24, 2015, Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward censored the First Confederate Flag from Pensacola’s Five Flags Displays—without the consent of his Pensacola constituents.  He did not even let them vote on this.  Hayward censored the First Confederate Flag by replacing it with the State Flag of Florida—which was historically inaccurate, because the Five Flags Displays represented the five nations under which Pensacola, Florida, had existed—not states.
Pensacola City Council, you were not allowed to vote on this either—or even to discuss it—because Mayor Hayward then bypassed the Pensacola City Council, and put the fate of our First Confederate Flag into the hands of the Escambia County Board of County Commissioners.
The next day—June 25, 2015—all five county commissioners, on the Escambia County Board of County Commissioners, voted to keep the First Confederate Flag censored from Pensacola’s Five Flags Displays.  They did this without the consent of their constituents—including me.  They did not even let us vote on this.
As soon as these six politicians censored our First Confederate Flag from our Five Flags Displays, on June 24 and 25, 2015, I began researching this issue—and writing about it on my blog, Solosocial, whose website is solosocial.wordpress.com.  In time, I even created a petition on the website, Change.org, to “RETURN THE FIRST CONFEDERATE FLAG TO ITS RIGHTFUL PLACE IN PENSACOLA’S FIVE-FLAGS DISPLAYS” ( https://www.change.org/p/pensacola-mayor-grover-c-robinson-iv-and-escambia-county-board-of-county-commissioners-return-the-first-confederate-flag-to-its-rightful-place-in-pensacola-s-five-flags-displays ).
Then last year, before the Midterm election, I contacted each of the Pensacola mayoral candidates about this ongoing, government-imposed censorship of our First Confederate Flag from our Five Flags Displays.  And the only mayoral candidate who responded to my emails was Grover C. Robinson IV.
Though I appreciated his responding to my email, Escambia County Commissioner Grover C. Robinson IV made it clear to me that, if he were elected mayor of Pensacola, he would keep our First Confederate Flag censored from our Five Flags Displays—without our consent (he did not use the word, “censorship,” of course).
And, Pensacola City Council, Grover C. Robinson IV also made this shockingly ignorant assertion in that email:
“The current state flag never represented an entity that allowed slavery.”
This was my reply to Grover C. Robinson IV, to which he never responded:

“Wrong.

“The current state flag represents the State of Florida which was founded in 1845—twenty years before slavery was abolished in the United States.  Slavery was alive and well in the State of Florida from the very beginning.  The State of Florida was also only founded after countless Native Americans were slaughtered in the processes of the Indian Removal Act and the Seminole Indian Wars.

“Your replacement of the First Confederate Flag with the State Flag of Florida is also historically inaccurate, because Florida was only a nation (a republic) for no more than four weeks in 1861.  This short-lived Republic of Florida was represented by at least three flags—none of which even resembled the State Flag of Florida.

“Our Five Flags Displays represent the five nations under which Pensacola, Florida, has existed—so using the State Flag of Florida totally defeats the purpose of the displays.

“You can replace the State Flag of Florida with any of the flags used to represent the short-lived Republic of Florida—but then you will still have to return the First Confederate Flag, thus creating a six-flags display for Pensacola, Florida.  Wouldn’t that be a fantastic way of representing the City of Pensacola, Florida, to the rest of the country—and the world—with six historically-accurate flags?

“When you take into account what was done to Native Americans and African Americans in our nation’s past, you have actually removed the flag of the least offending nation—or state—from our Five Flags Displays.

“The State of Florida thrived on African slavery from the very beginning—as did the United States of America.

“The United States of America inherited African slavery from Britain—and the Founding Fathers of our country made no attempt to abolish slavery.  In fact, it was protected in our United States Constitution from the very beginning.  The first twelve presidents of the United States were slaveholders.

“And in what is now the United States of America, slavery most notably thrived in New England under British rule—at least 100 years before the American Revolution.  At one time, up to a quarter of New England families owned slaves—and Boston and New York City were major slave trading ports, that were literally built on the slave trade.

“The only reason slavery was abolished in the Northern states first was that the first Industrial-Age machines to replace slaves—to make slavery obsolete—were those used for the processing of New World crops, as opposed to the harvesting of them.  This is why even if the Confederate States of America would have won its war, and maintained its independence, slavery would still have been abolished in the Confederate States too—as the machines for harvesting New World crops were developed.

“And you know how the Northern slaveholders got rid of their slaves, once slavery was abolished in their states?  They sold their slaves to Southern slaveholders.

“Slavery was also continued in the states of Maryland, Delaware, Kentucky, and Missouri until the 13th Amendment was ratified by Southern and Northern senators and representatives on December 6, 1865.

“Even Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation never freed a single slave—because he exempted the states of Maryland, Delaware, Kentucky, and Missouri from the proclamation.  It was nothing but a piece of propaganda—and White Supremacist Abraham Lincoln made that very clear to Congress, from the very beginning.

“What about Spain, France, and Britain—why in the hell do you keep flags of those nations in our displays?

“There were five European powers that brought African slaves to the Americas, in the first place—after attempts at enslaving Native Americans failed—the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, France, and Britain.

“Portugal actually brought the most African slaves to the Americas—followed by Spain, Britain, France, and the Netherlands.

“And the British had an especially sinister program—they had major slaving operations going, in both the Caribbean and New England.

“The British soon discovered that the Sub-Saharan Africans had a low tolerance for alcohol, just as the Native Americans did—and they exploited this in a very sinister manner.

“The British discovered that alcohol could be made from sugarcane—and they soon put their slaves to work processing rum, as well as harvesting the sugarcane.

“The British would then take this rum to coastal African chieftains from whom they had already purchased countless African slaves; get those coastal African chieftains sloppy drunk on it; purchase, and even steal, more African slaves from the drunken African chieftains; then employ those slaves in the harvesting of sugarcane—and the processing of more rum to get more coastal African chieftains sloppy drunk, and get more slaves.

“Commissioner Robinson, I appreciate your taking the time to reply to my communication—this is something neither Doug Underhill nor Ashton Hayward has ever done.

“But this censorship of our First Confederate Flag from our Five Flags Displays has got to stop—now.

“You have no idea what a hell I have been through since you seven public officials (including Jeff Bergosh) have censored our First Confederate Flag from our Five Flags Displays.

“I live just down the street from the Five Flags display in front of the Osceola Municipal Golf Course.

“So every time I leave my residence, I am confronted with this censorship—and every time I return to my residence, I am confronted with this censorship—and I am goddamned tired of being confronted with this censorship.

“Commissioner Robinson, I am asking you to do the right thing—not the politically correct thing.

“I am asking you to return our First Confederate Flag to our Five Flags Displays—now.”

Pensacola City Council, I then forwarded my reply to all of the other Escambia County commissioners—and only Jeff Bergosh responded.
In his email to me, Escambia County Commissioner Jeff Bergosh indicated that it was Wilson Robertson who had represented his district on June 25, 2015—not he.
This was my reply to Jeff Bergosh, to which he never responded:
“I know it was, Jeff—that your predecessor was Wilson Robertson.
“Yet I still ask that you do everything you can to return our First Confederate Flag to our Five Flags Displays.
“I also appreciate your response, as I do Commissioner Robinson’s—I contacted both Ashton Hayward and Doug Underhill, from the very beginning, and never received a reply from either one of them.
“Jeff, Mayor Hayward censored our First Confederate Flag from our Five Flags Displays on June 24, 2015—two days after South Carolina Governor Nimrata (“Nikki”) Randhawa Haley called for the censorship of a Confederate battle flag from a Confederate memorial monument on the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse, in a speech in which she blamed a mass murder in Charleston, South Carolina, on a historical American flag, in Columbia, South Carolina.
“That same day, June 24, 2015, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley censored all Confederate flags from Confederate memorial monuments on the grounds of the Alabama Statehouse.
“And that same day, June 24, 2015, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu called for the censorship of four Confederate memorial monuments in New Orleans.
“Do you see what’s going on here, Jeff?
“This is nothing but political pandering—driven by mindless, social-media-induced hysteria.
“The American people have never been as ignorant of history as in this Digital Age—and this government-imposed censorship of their historical flags and monuments is simply making them even more ignorant.
“Jeff, I’m 52 years old—and I have never seen anything so dangerous to the United States as this posthumous extermination of the Confederate States.
“The Confederate States is an integral part of the history of the United States—thus the Confederate States is an integral part of the historical identity of the United States, which the United States cannot do without.
“I would like to attach a short piece I wrote before Mitch Landrieu’s term as Mayor of New Orleans ended—a short piece that explains why this censorship is so destructive.
“It is entitled, ‘The Ultimate Cost of Censorship.’
“Jeff, I know you were not one of the six public officials who initially censored our First Confederate Flag from our Five Flags Displays.
“Yet you can be the public official who makes sure our First Confederate Flag is returned to our Five Flags Displays.”
I then posted my email replies to Grover C. Robinson IV and Jeff Bergosh on my blog, at this link:
Pensacola City Council, I began combating this government-imposed censorship of our First Confederate Flag from our Five Flags Displays, as soon as Mayor Hayward and the Escambia County Board of County Commissioners started it.
I began researching this issue, online and offline, and reporting my findings on my blog.
I purchased two large First Confederate flags, while there were still some available that were produced in the United States (I only wish I would have purchased more of them).
I designed and purchased T-shirts with the First Confederate Flag on them, and wore them regularly (though sadly (and disturbingly) almost none of the people of Greater Pensacola knew what this flag was, when they saw it—let alone that it had been censored from their historical flags displays, without their consent).

I even gave a presentation on Pensacola’s Five Flags Displays, on three different days, in three different locations—hiring a then-student videographer to record all three parts of it, and to make a shortened cut of it.

From the very beginning, I contacted Mayor Hayward and Doug Underhill (the county commissioner for my district) about this—neither of them ever responded.
And now, Pensacola City Council, Grover C. Robinson IV had informed me that if he were elected mayor of Pensacola, he would keep the First Confederate Flag censored from our Five Flags Displays—without our consent.
So I began actively protesting/demonstrating against this ongoing, government-imposed censorship of our First Confederate Flag from our Five Flags Displays.
I carried one of my First Confederate flags to the Five Flags display in front of the Osceola Municipal Golf Course—then on down the road—once a day, every day that I could.
And because almost none of the people of Greater Pensacola knew what this flag was, when they saw it—let alone that it had been censored from their historical flags displays, without their consent—I made a short speech, at different points along my walk:
“This is the First Confederate Flag.  Since June 24, 2015, this historical flag has been censored from our historical flags displays—without our consent.”
Pensacola City Council, I eventually began visiting the WEAR television station along my protest/demonstration walk—hoping the management and staff of WEAR would help me bring awareness to this issue.
And this is what brings me to email you today.  As mentioned, both the Programming Director and News Director at WEAR have encouraged me to bring this issue to your attention.
Pensacola City Council, this is how our Five Flags Displays are now—and have been since June 24, 2015:
And, Pensacola City Council, this is how our Five Flags Displays should be:
Pensacola City Council, this is the First Confederate Flag:

Since June 24, 2015, this historical flag has been censored from our historical flags displays—without our consent.
Pensacola City Council, I ask you to do everything you can to return our First Confederate Flag to its rightful place in our Five Flags Displays.
At the very least, I ask you to do the one thing you have never been allowed to do—by the Mayor of Pensacola, or by the Escambia County Board of County Commissioners.  I ask you to place this issue—of this ongoing, government-imposed censorship of our First Confederate Flag from our Five Flags Displays—on the agenda for discussion at a Pensacola City Council meeting, as soon as you can.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Scott W. Mayo

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Protesters wave Palestinians flags in front of Israeli solders on Gaza’s border with Israel, east of Beit Lahiya, Gaza Strip, Wednesday, April 4, 2018. A leading Israel human rights group urged Israeli forces in a rare step Wednesday to disobey open-fire orders unless Gaza protesters pose an imminent threat to soldiers’ lives. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

Palestinian mourners carry the body of 23-year-old Mojahid al-Khodari, who was killed early Thursday morning by an Israeli airstrike, during his funeral in Gaza City, Thursday, April 5, 2018. A second man died Thursday from wounds sustained in a mass protest along the Israeli border. The fatalities bring to 21 the number of people killed in confrontations in the volatile area since last week. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

A relative of Palestinian Mohammed Abu Saada, who was killed on Friday during clashes with the Israeli troops near the Gaza-Israel border, mourns at a hospital morgue in the central Gaza Strip November 18, 2016. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

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Palestinians carry the body of five-year-old boy Abdulrahman Khatab, who hospital officials said was killed in an Israeli air strike, during his funeral at a cemetery in Deir El-Balah in the central Gaza Strip July 11, 2014. A fourth day of Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip killed 11 more Palestinians on Friday, raising the death toll in the coastal enclave to at least 96, most of them civilians, Palestinian officials said. REUTERS/Ashraf Amrah (GAZA – Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST OBITUARY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) TEMPLATE OUT – RTR3Y62J

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A young man sleeps in a house that was shelled by Israel during Operation Protective Edge, east of Gaza City, on September 1, 2014.
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A Palestinian woman gestures as she stands amidst destruction following an Israeli military strike in Gaza City on July 08, 2014 . The Israeli air force launched dozens of raids on the Gaza Strip overnight after massive rocket fire from the enclave pounded southern Israel, leaving 17 people injured, sources said. AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS