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If you want our Bayview Park Cross to remain where it stands, help me put a stop to this ongoing, government-imposed censorship of our First Confederate Flag from our Five Flags Displays.

https://solosocial.wordpress.com/2017/06/15/freedom-of-speech-works-all-ways/

https://solosocial.wordpress.com/2017/06/20/no-more-excuses/

https://solosocial.wordpress.com/2017/06/23/resist-government-imposed-censorship-or-dont-resist-it/

https://solosocial.wordpress.com/2017/08/11/how-about-you-pensacola/

Do you want our Bayview Park Cross to remain where it stands?

Then help me put a stop to this ongoing, government-imposed censorship of our First Confederate Flag from our Five Flags Displays.

You can do this by calling Pensacola Mayor Grover C. Robinson IV, at (850) 435-1626, and telling him to return the First Confederate Flag to Pensacola’s Five Flags Displays.

You can also do this by emailing Pensacola Mayor Grover C. Robinson IV, at mayorrobinson@cityofpensacola.com , and telling him to return the First Confederate Flag to Pensacola’s Five Flags Displays.

And you can also do this by signing my petition to Pensacola Mayor Grover C. Robinson IV, at https://www.change.org/p/return-the-first-confederate-flag-to-pensacola-s-five-flags-displays , which tells him to return the First Confederate Flag to Pensacola’s Five Flags Displays.

The only reason our Bayview Park Cross has been threatened with censorship since July 29, 2015, is that our First Confederate Flag has been censored from our Five Flags Displays—without our consent—since June 24, 2015.

If you want our Bayview Park Cross to remain where it stands, help me put a stop to this ongoing, government-imposed censorship of our First Confederate Flag from our Five Flags Displays. 

You not only have the duty to exercise your constitutional rights—you have the duty to defend them.

In 2014, a community in Ferguson, Missouri, peacefully protested what it considered to be (and what I consider to have been) an injustice against a member of the community—and against the community itself.

These people not only had the right to peacefully protest this—they had the duty to peacefully protest it.

(All Escambia County, Florida, residents not only have the right to peacefully protest the ongoing, government-imposed censorship of their First Confederate Flag from their Five Flags Displays—they have the duty to peacefully protest it.  I wish they would realize that.)

And the militarized Ferguson Police Department attacked these peaceful protesters with military vehicles and weapons.

This is what the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) does to the Palestinian people, every day—with your money.

The Palestinian people do not have the rights that you take for granted—and that the people of Ferguson, Missouri, were punished for exercising, in 2014.

(Neither did your Southern American ancestors—of all races and ethnicities—from 1861 to 1877.  How dare you allow your elected leaders to censor your historical Confederate flags and monuments—without your consent!)

Every year, your federal government sends billions of your tax dollars—that could be used to help you, the American people—to the Zionist State of Israel—to be used to hurt the Palestinian people instead.

And, just as your state and local governments’ censorship of your historical Confederate flags and monuments is done without your consent, your federal government’s use of your tax dollars to fund the Israeli government (especially its military) is done without your consent.

This is why you cannot stand for America if you “stand with Israel.”

You not only have the right to exercise your constitutional rights—you have the duty to exercise them.

You not only have the duty to exercise your constitutional rights—you have the duty to defend them.

How will you stop this posthumous extermination of the Confederate States of America?

“I know you’re a strong supporter of the Second Amendment–is there anything about this situation that makes you think, ‘Okay, should we rethink–is it time for some kind of change?'”
“ANY TIME THERE IS A TRAUMATIC SITUATION, PEOPLE WANT SOMETHING TO BLAME–THEY ALWAYS WANT SOMETHING TO GO AFTER…”

“THE HATE-FILLED MURDERER WHO MASSACRED OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHARLESTON [SOUTH CAROLINA] HAS A SICK AND TWISTED VIEW OF [THE CONFEDERATE FLAG THAT FLIES ON THE STATEHOUSE GROUNDS IN COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA]”
“TODAY WE ARE HERE…TO SAY IT’S TIME TO MOVE THE FLAG…”

On June 22, 2015, the Dishonorable Nikki R. Haley pushed to censor 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 flag in Columbia, South Carolina. This is how the Subversive Nikki R. Haley exploited Dylann Roof’s June 17, 2015, mass murder of nine innocent churchgoers—and started an ongoing, posthumous extermination of the Confederate States of America.

On July 9, 2015, Nimrata Randhawa Haley signed an executive order for the censorship of that Confederate battle flag from that Confederate memorial monument—without even holding a referendum to allow the people of South Carolina (to whom that historical flag belonged) to vote on its fate.

And South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster keeps that Confederate battle flag censored from that Confederate memorial monument—without the consent of the people of South Carolina.

On June 24, 2015, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu called for the censorship of four Confederate memorial monuments—without even holding a referendum to allow the people of New Orleans (to whom those historical monuments belonged) to vote on their fate—then used those people’s tax dollars to brutally censor them in 2017.

And New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell keeps those four Confederate memorial monuments censored—without the consent of the people of New Orleans.

Also on June 24, 2015, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signed an executive order for the censorship of several Confederate flags from Confederate memorial monuments on the grounds of the Alabama statehouse—without even holding a referendum to allow the people of Alabama (to whom those historical flags belonged) to vote on their fate.

And Alabama Governor Kay Ivey keeps those Confederate flags censored from those Confederate memorial monuments—without the consent of the people of Alabama.

And also on June 24, 2015, Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward censored the First Confederate Flag from Pensacola’s Five Flags Displays—without even holding a referendum to allow the people of Pensacola (to whom that historical flag belonged) to vote on its fate.

And Pensacola Mayor Grover C. Robinson IV keeps the First Confederate Flag censored from Pensacola’s Five Flags Displays—without the consent of the people of Pensacola.

This is how the Dishonorable Nikki R. Haley started an ongoing, posthumous extermination of the Confederate States of America.

And this is how the posthumous extermination of the Confederate States of America is destructive to the United States of America.

This is how Nimrata Randhawa Haley started the posthumous extermination of the Confederate States of America.

How will you stop this posthumous extermination of the Confederate States of America?

Don’t you see what dirty politics Mayor Hayward engaged in, here—and what dirty politics Mayor Robinson continues to engage in, here?

—Original Message—
Sent: Tuesday
Subject: From Scott Mayo—Councilwoman Hill, I really need your help.
Councilwoman (Ann) Hill,
You stated, in your last email reply to me, that you had many other issues you had promised your constituents you would champion, if you were elected to represent them on the city council—I can certainly appreciate that.
Yet Councilwoman Hill, you did not state that you had so many issues to resolve that you had no room to sponsor any other issue for discussion at any city council meeting.
Councilwoman Hill, though I appeal to you to sponsor this issue, of this ongoing, government imposed censorship of our First Confederate Flag from our Five Flags Displays, for discussion on the agenda at an upcoming city council meeting—as a resident just outside the city—this is very much a city issue.
Councilwoman Hill, just above the Bedlam club, there is a Five Flags display with the First Confederate Flag still included—because it is a privately-owned Five Flags display. To my knowledge, there are many such privately-owned Five Flags displays within the Pensacola city limits—especially downtown—because Mayor Hayward was unable to censor the First Confederate Flag from privately-owned Five Flags Displays on June 24, 2015, without holding a referendum first.
Councilwoman Hill, Mayor Hayward only censored the First Confederate Flag from city-owned Five Flags displays, on June 24, 2015, because these were the only Five Flags displays from which he could get away with censoring any of our historical flags—without first holding a referendum, so that his Pensacola constituents could even vote on it.  I reside just outside the Pensacola city limits—yet one of these Five Flags displays from which Mayor Hayward censored our First Confederate Flag, on June 24, 2015, without even allowing his Pensacola constituents to have their say, at all—is in front of the Osceola Municipal Golf Course, on Tonawanda Drive. And that still-censored Five Flags display is practically in my front yard.
Don’t you see what dirty politics Mayor Hayward engaged in, here—and what dirty politics Mayor Robinson continues to engage in, here?
Councilwoman Hill, not only have the people of Escambia County, Florida, never even been allowed to vote, for or against, this censorship of our First Confederate Flag from our Five Flags Displays—the people of Pensacola, Florida, have never even been allowed to vote, for or against, this censorship of our First Confederate Flag from our Five Flags Displays.
Councilwoman Hill, this cannot go on.
This ongoing, government-imposed censorship of our First Confederate Flag from our Five Flags Displays is an ongoing violation of the First Amendment right to freedom of speech of all of us Escambia County, Florida, residents—within and without the Pensacola city limits—INCLUDING EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THE MEN AND WOMEN ON THE PENSACOLA CITY COUNCIL.
This ongoing, government-imposed censorship of our First Confederate Flag from our Five Flags Displays is a violation of your First Amendment right to freedom of speech too, Councilwoman Hill.
I cannot emphasize this enough: It doesn’t matter how we feel about the historical Confederate States of America—it only matters that historical flags, in public spaces, belong to us, the public, the people—and no one has any right, whatsoever, to censor them, without our consent.
Councilwoman Hill, I’m not asking you to combat the mayor of Pensacola, or to take some heroic stand against your fellow city-council members.  I’m not even asking you to vote against this ongoing, government-imposed censorship of our First Confederate Flag from our Five Flags Displays (though I would be surprised if you did not vote against it).
I’m only asking you to enable the Pensacola City Council to do the one thing Mayor Hayward did not allow it to do, before he censored the First Confederate Flag (a.k.a the Stars and Bars) from Pensacola’s Five Flags Displays—I’m only asking you to sponsor this issue, of this ongoing, government-imposed censorship of our First Confederate Flag from our Five Flags Displays—for discussion, at an upcoming Pensacola City Council meeting.
Just one item on the agenda—at just one meeting.
At the very least, I would really appreciate it—if you have the time, at all—if you would arrange to meet me in front of the still-censored Five Flags display, in front of the Osceola Municipal Golf Course, on Tonawanda Drive—and let me show you exactly what the problem is, and how this problem affects the First Amendment right to freedom of speech of all Escambia County, Florida, residents, of all races and ethnicities, and from all conceivable backgrounds.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Scott W. Mayo

PROUD AMERICANS—AND PROUD DESCENDANTS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS

—Original Message—

Sent: Sunday, April 28, 2019 12:17 pm
Subject: PROUD AMERICANS—AND PROUD DESCENDANTS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS

Pensacola City Council:

The following is an excerpt from a draft of a family history written by my late father, Louis Hampton Mayo: a proud American; a proud native of Pensacola, Florida; a proud U.S. Air Force veteran; a proud Korean War veteran; and a proud descendant of Confederate veterans.

“Back to Great Grandpa Mark Mayo.  I’ve enclosed some information about his war years—the history of Grandpa Mark’s unit, Company “E”, the roster of the men, and a brief summary of their engagements.  In November of 1864, Company “E” had some men captured at Pine Barren, Florida (about 25 miles north of Pensacola), and they were held as prisoners of war until the war ended.  Most of the 15th Cavalry Regiment’s engagements were in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana, but as stated in the record, Company “E” was detached for special assignments—for months at a time, throughout the war—as cavalry support for other outfits, or for scouting enemy units.  Enclosed is a newspaper article from the Mobile paper about the battle of Eliska, Alabama, which was the last battle Grandpa Mark was in.  On his pension form, he told about his last battle around Claiborne, Alabama, which took place at the community of Eliska.  As the information I’ve enclosed states, about 400 regular Confederate cavalry troops of the 15th Cavalry Regiment were sent to Eliska to help the local militia and some local people repel what was thought to be not too large a force of Union troops heading their way.  Grandpa Mark’s and Uncle Frederick’s Company “E” was one of the companies that went.  They ran into from 4,000 to 6,500 of some of the best equipped troops in the Union Army under General Steele, who were commanded in the field by General Lucas.  The Confederate troops were completely defeated.  The local people up there call it Lucas’ Raid.  A few days later General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General U.S. Grant at Appomattox, which effectively ended the Civil War.  Grandpa Mark and his brother were barely able to get away from Eliska alive.  After the South surrendered, Grandpa Mark took the oath of allegiance to the United States of America at Milton, Florida—as was required of all Confederate veterans.  I don’t know where his brother, Frederick, and the McCurdy brothers took their oath—maybe the same place.

“I might mention that after Lee surrendered to Grant at Appomattox, just a couple hours later there was one more great battle raging farther South, which would be the last major engagement of the Civil War.  It was at Blakely, Alabama—a town across the river from Mobile where Confederate troops were guarding the eastern approach to Mobile.  Sixteen thousand Union troops completely overwhelmed the Confederate troops at Blakely.  The Confederate troops at Blakely were made up of regulars, and many old men and young boys.  Many of the Confederate troops drowned while trying to swim in the river to escape the overwhelming force of Union troops.

“After the Civil War, Grandpa Mark drove a stagecoach for a while.  In 1880, Grandpa Mark and Aunt Mercy Jane’s husband, my Great-Great Uncle Francis Marion McCurdy, went into the timber business together in Escambia County, Florida.  Great-Grandpa Mark had married Margaret Angeline Jernigan in 1867. Great-Grandma Angeline was born in Santa Rosa County in 1843.”

I am Scott Wesley Mayo: a proud native of Mobile, Alabama; a proud descendant of Confederate veterans; a proud opponent of this ongoing, government-imposed censorship of our First Confederate Flag from our Five Flags Displays; and a proud American who is doing everything he can to prevent the self-destruction of his country.

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

—Original Message—
Sent: Monday, April 15, 2019 5:43 am
Subject: 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 a Pensacola City Council meeting on Thursday, April 11, 2019.

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.

I’ve got so much more work to do.

Beautiful, young woman in a car, with children:

“Why are you always carrying the Puerto Rican Flag around?”

Me:

“It’s actually the First Confederate Flag.”

Beautiful, young woman in a car, with children:

“Oh.”

Drives off.

I’ve got so much more work to do.

PENSACOLA CITY COUNCIL:

—Original Message—
Sent:
Subject: 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 PENSACOLA’S FIVE FLAGS DISPLAYS” ( https://www.change.org/p/return-the-first-confederate-flag-to-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

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.


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