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On June 24, 2015, Republican Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward censored the First Confederate Flag from Pensacola’s Five-Flags Displays.  He did this without the consent of his constituents.

Mayor Hayward stated, in a press release:

“While the Confederate Flag undeniably represents a part of Pensacola’s history, to many it is a painful symbol of racial hatred and intolerance.”

Mayor Hayward didn’t mention that the “Confederate Flag” he had censored was not the Confederate Battle Flag–but the First Confederate Flag.  This flag:

On June 25, 2015, Escambia County Democratic Women’s Club President Dianne Krumel made this demand of the Escambia County Commission:

“I understand the flags are down, but I want to make it permanent.  I don’t want any chance of those flags going back up.”

All five members of the Escambia County Commission–Republican Doug Underhill, Republican Grover C. Robinson IV, Republican Steven Barry, Republican Wilson Robertson, and Democrat Lumon May–gave in to Dianne Krumel’s demand, and chose to keep the First Confederate Flag censored from Pensacola’s Five-Flags Displays.  They did this without the consent of their constituents–including me.

This government-imposed censorship of the First Confederate Flag, from our historical flags displays, continues–without our consent.

On July 29, 2015, Monica Miller, of the American Humanist Association, emailed a thirteen-page letter to Republican Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward, City Attorney Lysia Bowling, and City of Pensacola Parks & Recreation Director Brian Cooper, demanding that a historical cross be censored from Bayview Park.  She emailed a copy of this letter to the East Hill Neighborhood Association.

Miller’s letter began thus:

“A City of Pensacola resident has contacted our office on behalf of several concerned residents to request assistance with regard to what is correctly perceived as a constitutional violation.  Specifically, the City of Pensacola is violating the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment by prominently displaying a towering, stand-alone Latin cross–a Christian symbol–on government property in Bayview Park.  An image of this cross is provided below.

“Because this cross violates the Establishment Clause, we hereby demand that the City promptly remove it to private property, and if the City does not, our organization will pursue the matter through litigation in federal court.”

And Miller’s letter ended thus:

“In view of the aforementioned authorities, it is clear that the City is in violation of the Establishment Clause.  This letter serves as an official notice of the unconstitutional activity and demands that the City remove the cross from Bayview Park immediately.  We kindly ask that you notify us in writing within seven (7) days of receipt of this letter setting forth the steps you will take to rectify this constitutional infringement.  Thank you for turning your attention to this important matter.”

The Bayview Park Cross has now been ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge. The City of Pensacola is appealing this ruling, with pro bono legal representation by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty–and U.S. District Court Judge Roger Vinson has suspended his order to remove the Bayview Park Cross by July 19, 2017, pending this appeal.

An “important matter” indeed.

Yet this “important matter” didn’t even exist until Republican Mayor Ashton Hayward censored the First Confederate Flag from Pensacola’s Five-Flags Displays, without the consent of his constituents, and all five members of the Escambia County Commission–Republican Doug Underhill, Republican Grover C. Robinson IV, Republican Steven Barry, Republican Wilson Robertson, and Democrat Lumon May–chose to keep the First Confederate Flag censored from Pensacola’s Five-Flags Displays, without the consent of their constituents.

Because of abusive local politicians (all but one of whom are Republicans)–and Digital-Age Pensacolians mindlessly tolerating their abuse–Pensacola is no longer the City of Five Flags.

Yet Pensacola may soon be known, nationwide, as the City of Censorship.

And there are numerous potential targets for pro-censorship activists in Pensacola, Florida.

Here are just a few of them:

Pro-censorship activists can make an “important matter” of every single one of the above Pensacola icons–and countless more.

Yet it’s not pro-censorship activists who abuse the people–it’s corrupt and cowardly politicians who give in to them.  Corrupt and cowardly politicians like Democrat Lumon May, Republican Wilson Robertson (and his exact-duplicate replacement, Republican Jeff Bergosh), Republican Steven Barry, Republican Grover C. Robinson IV, Republican Doug Underhill–and especially Republican Ashton Hayward, who started this vicious cycle of censorship in Pensacola, on June 24, 2015.

Instead of censoring historical flags and crosses, I’d rather censor corrupt and cowardly politicians who engage in government-imposed censorship–who infringe on their constituents’ First-Amendment right to freedom of speech.  I’d rather straighten those bastards out–or get them out of office.

How about you, Pensacola?


Strange how I can write, but cannot read.

How I can speak, but cannot listen.

Goddamned rain–pouring again.

Of course it’s climate change.  Our planet has gone through these on a regular basis since its birth.  Global warming, global cooling, global warming, global cooling.  It’s the natural cycle of our planet.  We just don’t notice the regularity of these climate changes, because our lives are so brief.

The last climate change like this one, with a tendency toward global warming, occurred twelve hundred years ago.  It affected everyone of course–all over the planet.  Yet its effect on the Norse is what we remember most.

That last global-warming climate change caused severe drought in Scandinavia. And the Norse–traders before the ninth century–became the raiders for which we remember them today.  Hunger can make one mean–and the Norse, the Vikings, were very hungry.

Andy Warhol said that in this time everyone would be famous for fifteen minutes. There was just one catch–contained in that forecast itself–one word.  Everyone. All seven billion of us.  We are the anonymous ninety-nine percent.  Just as only one percent has all the money, only one percent has all the fame–or infamy.  And Americans, at least, have never been as shallow as they are now–in this goddamned Digital Age.  They used to listen to experts.  Now they only listen to celebrities.  Famous celebrities like Nikki Haley–and infamous celebrities like Dylann Roof.  And what’s the difference between Dylann Roof, the piece of White trash who murdered nine people in a church, and Nikki Haley, the piece of White trash who exploited Dylann Roof’s mass murder for her political career?  The difference is that Dylann Roof rots in a federal prison–he will never get out alive–while Nikki Haley lives it up on the 42nd Floor of the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan.  Yet ultimately, Dylann Roof and Nikki Haley are guilty of the same crime.

Am I right in my assessment of these two partners in violent crime–one in a very low place, and one in a very high place?

What does it matter?

Nothing I say is of any consequence–because I’m neither famous nor infamous. I’m not a celebrity.  I’m not a star like our goddamned President.  As aforementioned, no one in this Digital Age listens to experts–everyone only listens to mindless, worthless celebrities.

I could channel the voice of God, and it would make no difference, would it?

If you don’t think White people can be poor, I can prove you wrong.

There are as many poor Whites in the United States as poor Blacks–possibly more.

Americans need to understand that what are believed to be racial and ethnic conflicts in the United States are actually class conflicts.

These are ancient conflicts that span all the earth and all humanity.

In Europe, these conflicts are blatant–none pretend they don’t exist.

But in the United States, they’ve never been blatant–none but the poor have ever even admitted they’ve existed.

And no one listens to the poor.

I think this is because our government was founded on ideals of equality. Ideally, we’ve always been equal in the United States–but realistically, we’ve never been.

This is just one reason why this posthumous extermination of the Confederate States of America is so devastating to the United States of America–the epidemic ignorance of American history is spread more widely and deeply by politicians who censor American historical flags and monuments, without the consent of their constituents.

So Digital-Age Americans, already dangerously ignorant of American history, are made more dangerously ignorant by politicians who trample all over their First-Amendment right to freedom of speech.

And lies told by the victors over the vanquished are no longer questioned.

Lies like those told of the War between the Confederate States of America and the United States of America.

The United States won that war–so the United States has written the history of it. And of course that history is full of lies–as any history, which is always written by the victors, always is.

This is how the politicians of today become the dictators of tomorrow.

This is how America ends–then the world.

The Digital-Age United States is quickly becoming a dystopia–a nightmarish blend of the dystopian novels, 1984 and Brave New World, and the 1984 dystopian film, The Terminator.

And this is happening because Digital-Age Americans are allowing it to happen.

The Thought Police are the media magnates, the soma is the smartphone.  Yet instead of fusing machine and man physically (re the cyborg (cybernetic organism)), this unrestrained Digital-Age technology is fusing machine and man emotionally, mentally, and spiritually–the heartless, mindless, and godless smartphones are making their users heartless, mindless, and godless.

The more agonizing this Digital-Age hell becomes, the less influential and consequential my words and actions become.

It truly is strange how much more easily I can write than read.

How much more easily I can speak than listen.

I’ve always been this way.

This house is a cage with an open door.

Not only do I have neither the means nor expertise to execute the Dishonorable Nikki R. Haley–I have neither the means nor expertise to escape this cage.  Or this time.

Yet no one has ever had the means or expertise to escape a time.

I had a .30-06 a long time ago–with an excellent scope.

It was the only gun I’ve ever owned.

Sometime in my twenties, I sold it.

As I recall, I didn’t really need the money–I was just angry at my father, who had given it to me as a Christmas gift in 1983.

A thug stole it from me in 1984–along with fifty dollars I was going to use for Christmas gifts.

I agreed to a plea deal with the thug–he’d show the police where he’d ditched my rifle, and he’d pay back my fifty dollars that he’d gambled away.

In return, I’d allow the felony charge to be dropped to a misdemeanor charge–and he’d only spend thirty days in jail.

I really hope he turned his life around, after that–giving to his community, rather than just taking from it.

Before President-elect Trump nominated Nikki Haley for a cabinet position–and Democratic and Republican politicians confirmed her for it–I only regretted selling my .30-06, with the excellent scope, because I’d hurt my father’s feelings so much.

Now I regret selling it because I no longer have it.

A .30-06–with an excellent scope–can take down a large deer easily.

And it can take down a diabolical politician even more easily.

A diabolical politician like the Dishonorable Nikki R. Haley.

Who exploited a mass murder for her political career–and is living it up in Manhattan for that exploitation.

Who blamed that mass murder on a flag–just to dodge any discussion of gun regulation.

Who began a posthumous extermination of the Confederate States of America–carried out almost exclusively by Republican politicians like her–which is destructive as hell to the United States of America.

Who places the demands of the Israeli government above the needs of the American people.

Who exploits her position as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations–the American people having had no say, whatsoever, in her attainment of this position.

The only good thing about Nikki Haley is her looks.

And she knows how to use her looks to get anything she wants–she always has, and she always will.  She’ll just keep getting more and more and more.

Unless someone stops her–someone with the means and expertise to stop her.

And a .30-06.  With an excellent scope.

What’s that you’re thinking?

That violence is never the answer?

That I’m such a terrible person for calling for the execution of Nikki Haley?

That killing her cannot be justified, no matter what she has done, is still doing–and will do when she becomes the next president of the United States?

That all lives matter–even those of diabolically evil politicians, like the Dishonorable Nikki R. Haley?

Then stop mindlessly talking, texting, and tweeting on your mindless smartphones–over mindless matters, with your mindless Digital-Age playmates.

And contact President Trump.

And tell him to remove that goddamned Nikki Haley from his cabinet.

And just in case he ignores you–which he will almost certainly do–remind him that you can get him out of office more quickly than you put him in office.

Oh, you don’t think you put Donald Trump in office?

If you voted for Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primaries last year, you most definitely put Donald Trump in office.

Why, you’re more responsible for Donald Trump’s presidency than those who voted for him in the Republican primaries last year.

You’ll be more responsible for Nikki Haley’s presidency too.

Keep calm, and tell President Trump to remove that goddamned Nikki Haley from his cabinet–now.

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.


In 2000, the Confederate Battle Flag in Pensacola’s Five-Flags Displays was replaced with the First Confederate Flag (a.k.a. the Stars and Bars).

Yet on June 24, 2015, Republican Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward censored the First Confederate Flag–by replacing it with the State Flag of Florida.  He did this without the consent of his constituents.

Then on June 25, 2015, all five members of the Escambia County Commission–Republican Doug Underhill, Republican Grover C. Robinson IV, Republican Steven Barry, Republican Wilson Robertson (whose seat is now occupied by Republican Jeff Bergosh), and Democrat Lumon May–chose to keep the First Confederate Flag censored from Pensacola’s Five-Flags Displays.  They did this without the consent of their constituents–including me.

The First Confederate Flag remains censored from our Five-Flags Displays–without our consent.  We have not even been allowed to vote on this.  Because our historical flags displays belong to us, all the people of Escambia County, Florida–not to the politicians who have censored them–this government-imposed censorship is a gross infringement on our First-Amendment right to freedom of speech.

The censorship of the First Confederate Flag from Pensacola’s Five-Flags Displays is historically inaccurate.  The State of Florida was a nation only according to one obscure source on the Internet–and only for two or three weeks in 1861.  And according to this source, that Republic of Florida’s flag was of a totally different design than that of the State of Florida.

The censorship of the First Confederate Flag from Pensacola’s Five-Flags Displays is also downright ridiculous.  Although African slavery was practiced in the Confederate States, African slavery continued to be practiced in the United States–in Maryland, Delaware, Kentucky, and Missouri–until the Thirteenth Amendment was ratified by senators and representatives of both the United States and the Occupied Confederate States, in December, 1865 (Republican President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation was simply a propaganda tool to elicit the support of Britain and France, because it only applied to the Confederate States–the remaining slave states of Maryland, Delaware, Kentucky, and Missouri were exempt from it).

And Spain, France, and Britain were three of the five European powers that brought African slaves to the Americas, in the first place (the other two were Portugal and the Netherlands).

Politicians who censor flags from their constituents’ historical flags displays–especially without their constituents’ consent–are control freaks.

And control freaks are weird.


The posthumous extermination of the Confederate States of America is destructive to the United States of America.


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The militant opponents of the Confederate Flag–who shamelessly used the murder of nine people in a Charleston church for their totally irrelevant agenda–did nothing to heal the Black community or the Christian community (Black and White) in the American South.  They only inflicted a new wound–a divisive and hurtful wound in the collective heart of White Southerners–as if their ultimate goal were to destroy the Southern community itself.  And the Southern politicians–most of them White Republicans–who so easily gave in to the demands of these anti-Southerners–most of them White Democrats–opened this newly-inflicted wound into the bleeding gash it is today.

In the wake of the mass murder in Charleston, the only relevant political issue is gun ownership–not the Confederate Flag.  The only relevant question is this:  How did the murderer so easily obtain the gun he used to kill those nine people?  Yet the only question being asked is why the Confederate Flag is still being flown in Charleston, South Carolina, or anywhere else.  And the irrelevancy of this question cannot be emphasized enough.  As a result of this dodging of the real issue, it is now more difficult to obtain a Confederate flag than to obtain a handgun.  And this is insane–not to mention extremely dangerous to our freedom of speech, which is guaranteed in the First Amendment.

Still, I managed to purchase a Confederate flag at the last moment–not the Confederate Battle Flag (I already had it–purchased in the still-sane 1980s from Spencer Gifts), but the First Flag of the Confederate States of America (a.k.a. the Stars and Bars).  And this is the Confederate Flag I am holding in the pictures above.

Since I mention the 1980s, let me step back a moment.  I was born in 1966, after the Civil Rights Act had been passed.  I was born and raised in the late 1960s, the 1970s, and the 1980s.  There were problems in America then–but they were nothing compared to the problems in America now.  It really was a better time for most Americans–especially because this digital-age technology didn’t exist.  Yet it was also a better time because people weren’t so hysterical about political correctness.  The court of public opinion–specifically the mass media in the United States–was not so shallow, sensationalistic, closed-minded, condescending, irresponsible, divisive, and ever-present as it is today.  When I was a kid in the 1970s, I even had a Confederate Battle Flag T-shirt.  And I got no flack about it from anyone–Black or White.  I even saw a Black man wearing a Confederate Battle Flag cap once in the 1980s–and it was obvious that his friends weren’t bothered by it at all.  And, as aforementioned, I bought a Confederate Battle Flag in the 1980s at Spencer Gifts–hung it on the ceiling of my apartment in the 1990s and even here at my late grandparents’ house into the Twenty-First Century.  In fact, the only reason I took it down was that Hurricane Ivan did so much damage to my ceiling in 2004, and it needed repairs.  So I stashed the flag away, giving it no more thought than when I first hung it on my ceiling.  And it had nothing to do with racial hatred–I was just proud of my Southern heritage.  There really was a time when people of all races and ethnicities–and both sexes–could speak freely and openly without being instantly labeled as racist, sexist, or anti-whatever by others.  But that time is gone–it was replaced by this walking-on-eggshells society, beginning in the 1990s.  And this is a shame.  Because when people cannot talk openly about their conflicts with people who are different from themselves, these conflicts can never be resolved.

This is a godless time, an evil time, truly the beginning of the end of the world–not the planet, just the world.  And I wish to God I could simply escape this time altogether.  But you know that, if you’ve read my previous posts.

Since I already had a Confederate Battle Flag when this mass hysteria over the flag began–why did I feel the need to purchase the First Confederate Flag?  Because this madness was still far away from Pensacola, Florida–and then it spread here overnight.  And here, in what used to be the City of Five Flags, the First Flag of the Confederate States of America–which replaced the Confederate Battle Flag many years ago–was suddenly removed.  This hysteria had gone too far–and it had finally hit me where I lived.

I digress here again, in order to give some background on the Confederate Flag.  There’s alot of confusion about the Confederate Flag because there were different designs, during the short history of the Confederate States of America.  The First Confederate Flag (a.k.a. the Stars and Bars) was just that–the first.  As the United States’s capitol was first Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (before Washington, D.C. (District of Columbia) was established as its capitol), the Confederate States’s capitol was first Montgomery, Alabama (before Richmond, Virginia was selected as its capitol).  And the First Confederate Flag was flown over the capitol building in Montgomery.  As you can see in the pictures above, the First Confederate Flag looked very similar to the United States Flag.  And this was why the Confederate Battle Flag (a.k.a. the Southern Cross) was created.  In the early days of the war between the United States and the Confederate States, the Confederate Flag looked so similar to the U.S. Flag on the battlefield, that there was friendly fire on both sides.  Because of this, the Confederate States agreed to change its flag design radically–but only for the battlefield.  Thus was the Confederate Battle Flag (a.k.a. the Southern Cross) created.  The Confederate Battle Flag was never the official flag of the Confederate States of America–it was only used in battle, never flown over the Confederate capitol.

The Second Confederate Flag (a.k.a. the Stainless Banner) was designed to replace the Stars and Bars over the capital.  It was a solid white flag with the Southern Cross in the upper left-hand corner.  It was created to resemble the U.S. flag much less than the first (i.e. to show more of a distinction between the Confederate States and the United States).  And finally, the Third Confederate Flag was designed in 1865.  It was basically of the same design as the Stainless Banner–except that it had a red, vertical stripe on the right edge.  This was designed because it was decided that the Second Confederate Flag, when furled, could be mistaken for a flag of truce (because of the plain white banner that covered most of the flag).

I could include images of the Second Confederate Flag and the Third Confederate Flag–but they are not displayed today as much as the first (and you can look these up yourself).  And I could include an image of the Confederate Battle Flag–but surely you’ve seen this one already.

At the time I wrote GIVING THE MASS MURDERER WHAT HE WANTS, I thought Pensacola would be spared this madness (as well as my hometown of Mobile, Alabama).  The reason was this: Just as the Confederate Battle Flag was replaced with the Third Confederate Flag in the display of Mobile’s six flags (those of France, Spain, Britain, the Republic of Alabama, the Confederate States of America, and the United States of America) many years before, the Confederate Battle Flag was replaced with the First Confederate Flag in the display of Pensacola’s five flags (those of Spain (specifically the Flag of Castile and Leon), France (specifically the France Modern Banner of Charles V), Britain, the Confederate States of America, and the United States of America), not long after I moved here in 1998.

The very reason the Confederate Battle Flag was replaced with the First Confederate Flag in the display of Pensacola’s five flags (the flags of the five nations under which Pensacola, Florida had existed) was the negative association (albeit arguably misplaced) with the Confederate Battle Flag. When the Confederate Battle Flag (the Southern Cross) was replaced with the First Confederate Flag (the Stars and Bars) among the five flags of Pensacola, I had misgivings.  But when I came to understand that the First Confederate Flag more accurately represented the Confederate States of America than the Confederate Battle Flag, I came to accept this change.

Although the Confederate Battle Flag was just that–the flag used to represent the Confederacy on the battlefield only–it was later used by White supremacists and segregationists.  And this is unfortunate.  Because this flag could not help being associated with White supremacists and segregationists in the minds of Black Americans who had been relentlessly persecuted by such bigots.

And I felt that replacing the Confederate Battle Flag with the First Confederate Flag was a reasonable way to show consideration for Black residents of Pensacola, while still acknowledging the Confederate States of America’s place in the heritage and history of Pensacola.

And I rested assured, last month, that Pensacola would be spared this Confederate Flag hysteria–but my assurance was soon shattered, along with my faith in the character and judgement of the local political leaders here.

Thursday, June 25–just two days after I’d written the aforementioned post–I played back the local news I’d recorded to see the weather forecast, and was very unpleasantly surprised by the top news story:  Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward had ordered that all Confederate Flags–including the First Confederate Flag–be removed from all Five Flags displays in Pensacola.  I was disgusted by this–but knew I had no say in it, since I lived just outside the City of Pensacola.  Yet when it was announced that this included the Five Flags display at Osceola Municipal Golf Course, I realized that didn’t seem legitimate–because Osceola Golf Course was outside the City of Pensacola too.

So I called Mayor Hayward’s office, and left an after-hours message.  I said I didn’t think he had the authority to order the flag removed at Osceola Golf Course because that was outside the city limits of Pensacola. Then I called the office of Doug Underhill, the County Commissioner for my district of Escambia County–which includes the Osceola Golf Course. And I left an after-hours message stating the same thing–that I didn’t think Mayor Hayward had the authority to order the First Confederate Flag removed at Osceola Golf Course–and asking Commissioner Underhill to check on this.  I also added that, if the flag of the Confederate States of America was removed from the display, the flags of Spain, France, Britain, and even the United States of America should also be removed–because all four of these other nations had also practiced slavery of Africans in the Americas.

And the next morning, when I drove by the Osceola Golf Course–I noticed that all five flags had been removed from the display there.  I was delighted!  I figured that Commissioner Underhill had listened to my message himself, and agreed that all five flags needed to be removed.  I thought perhaps even others in my neighborhood had called or emailed his office, and made the same point.

Yet on my way back home, only two hours later, I saw that all five flags in the display at Osceola Golf Course had been raised again–except the First Flag of the Confederate States of America.  It had been replaced with the flag of the State of Florida.  This was ridiculous!  The State of Florida had also practiced slavery of Africans!

And that afternoon, I read what had actually happened, glancing at the headlines of the local newspaper–the Escambia County Commission had ordered the removal of the First Confederate Flag from all city and county buildings and grounds, and ordered it to be replaced with the State Flag of Florida.  Looking at the photograph, I could see that outside activists had petitioned the County Commission.  And I could see something else–all of these activists were White.  They surrounded one Black man–congratulating him in the most patronizing manner.  The photograph on the front page told the whole story.  These were White activists whose goal was totally self-serving.  And they were condescending to this Black man, as if using him as a pawn for their anti-Southern agenda.  It was disgusting!

And that’s how the Five-Flags display in front of the Osceola Municipal Golf Course remains today.  That’s how all such displays in Greater Pensacola remain today.  The flags of every nation under which Pensacola has existed remain as before–except that of the Confederate States of America.  A part of Pensacola’s heritage has been removed–a part of Pensacola’s history has been removed.  And because of this, the City of Pensacola, Florida, is no longer truly recognized as the City of Five Flags. Would it be the same if the Flag of Spain, the Flag of France, the Flag of Britain, or the Flag of the United States had been removed?  I think it would.

Since the Escambia County Commission has chosen to remove the First Confederate Flag from the historic display, the least it can do is remove all of the other flags except that of the United States of America–because that is the current nation under which the city of Pensacola exists.  And I wouldn’t mind that.  I made it clear, in the phone message I left for Commissioner Doug Underhill, that I loved the United States of America deeply, and that I was proud of my heritage as a Southern American.

Either raise the First Confederate Flag back to its rightful place among the Five Flags of Pensacola’s heritage and history–or remove all five flags, with the possible exception of the Flag of the United States.  This is what I expect of the Commission of Escambia County, Florida.


A few years ago, a young man named Adam Lanza shot a large number of people–including twenty first-graders at an elementary school.  The issue of gun ownership came up because this mass murderer used several weapons his paranoid mother (whom he also shot) had left in his reach.  And this was certainly a time for the issue of gun ownership to be discussed–this mass murderer had used several guns–especially assault rifles–to commit this horrible act.

Last week, a young man named Dylann Roof committed a mass murder–shooting nine people to death in a church.  In committing this horrible act, Roof did not use a Confederate battle flag.  So what in the hell does the Confederate Battle Flag have to do with this mass murder?

Roof said he wanted to start a race war.  And I was so pleased to see that he hadn’t got what he wanted.  Immediately after this shooting of nine innocent Black Christians by a White supremacist–I saw White Christians join with Black Christians in worship and in mourning for the nine victims.  And it was beautiful to see.

Now the race war Dylann Roof wanted has begun anyway–or at least something damned close to it.  Countless Black and White Americans have joined in protest against South Carolina’s Confederate Battle Flag.  The Confederate Battle Flag controversy is nothing new–I even wrote an article about it for my college newspaper in the 1980s.  And I certainly have my opinions about it–as do most other Americans.