“‘I understand the flags are down, but I want to make it permanent,’ said Escambia County Democratic Women’s Club president Dianne Krumel. ‘I don’t want any chance of those flags going back up.'”
Pensacola News Journal, June 26, 2015
The Confederate Battle Flag was replaced with the First Confederate Flag, in the displays of the Five Flags of Pensacola’s history and heritage in 2000–two years after I moved here, from Mobile, Alabama.
The Confederate Battle Flag was designed by the Confederate States of America in 1861, to replace the First Confederate Flag in the battlefield–because the First Confederate Flag so resembled the United States Flag that it caused confusion among both Confederate and Union troops, thereby friendly fire on both sides.
The Confederate Battle Flag was never a symbol of racism, or even rebellion. It was simply a flag designed exclusively for the battlefield to indicate the parameters of the Confederate presence.
But because the Confederate Battle Flag was taken on by segregationists and White supremacists to represent their interests a century after it was designed, it became associated with segregationists and White supremacists, in the minds of their victims. And in using the Confederate Battle Flag to represent their interests, these segregationists and White supremacists–who never represented the majority of White Americans–did this flag a great disservice.
Nevertheless, it was unavoidable that those who had been victimized by segregationists and White supremacists might take offense at the Confederate Battle Flag–the damage had already been done.
And this was why the Confederate Battle Flag was replaced with the First Confederate Flag, in the displays of the Five Flags of Pensacola’s history and heritage in 2000. It was a way of showing consideration for victims of segregationists and White supremacists, while maintaining representation of the Confederate States of America as one of the five nations under which Pensacola, Florida, had lived and thrived. It was also more historically accurate, since the Confederate Battle Flag was never the official flag of the Confederate States of America–it was designed for battlefield use only.
When the mindless, misplaced rage against the Confederate Battle Flag erupted–as an insane reaction to the mindless, misplaced rage of a mass shooter last year–I truly hoped that this mindless, misplaced rage would not affect Pensacola, Florida. Because the Confederate Battle Flag had been replaced with the First Confederate Flag fifteen years before, in the displays of the Five Flags of Pensacola’s history and heritage. I had felt then–as I still feel–that this was a reasonable solution to the Battle Flag controversy–and that this was enough.
Then Pensacola’s mayor, Ashton Hayward, ordered even the First Confederate Flag removed from the Five Flags displays last year. He did this with no consideration for the feelings of his constituents–he just imposed this local-government censorship on all Pensacolians, without asking them anything. And though Ashton Hayward was not my mayor–because I lived outside the city limits–I had heard nothing but negative comments about this mayor from people who did reside in the city. And now I understood why.
What a presumptuous bastard this mayor, Ashton Hayward, was–and still is.
Still, it was up to the Escambia County Commission to make the final decision.
As mentioned in a previous post, the group of contrarian control-freaks that descended upon the County Commission was very small–and almost exclusively White. These bastards didn’t care about the feelings of Escambia County residents of any race or ethnicity. They only cared about themselves–they were just social misfits on a power-trip.
I mentioned, in a previous post, how these bastards condescended to one Black man, as if they–mostly White–were just doing him a big favor. I wasn’t mistaken about their condescending, bigoted attitude. But I was mistaken about the identity of this man. He was actually County Commissioner Lumon May–and they were applauding because he apparently reassured them that they would have their way.
Yet this group of losers was led by one ugly, obnoxious person–someone I had never met, still have never met, and hope I never have the displeasure of meeting–Dianne Krumel.
Dianne Krumel is a Democrat–and the little band of little-tin-gods she led before the Escambia County Commission was probably comprised exclusively of Democrats.
Ordinarily, this would be irrelevant. But this cultural genocide of the American South is far from ordinary. It is a ploy by the Republican Party to distract Americans’ attention from the only political issue relevant to the Charleston shooting at all–gun regulation. It was begun by Republican Governor Nikki Haley–and is being continued by Republican governors, county commissioners, and mayors all over the American South. Yet these anti-Southerners–these White bigots who hate the South because they know nothing about it, and who are driven by mindless regional prejudice–are Democrats. And they’ve been around for generations–there is nothing new about them.
What is new–as I’ve mentioned before–is this kowtowing to these regional bigots by Republican state and local politicians. Yes–just as some of these regional bigots are Republicans–some of these state and local politicians are Democrats. But the vast majority of them are Republicans.
And this trend of targeting red herrings representative of the rights guaranteed all of us Americans in our Bill of Rights–first the Confederate Flag, which is representative of our right to freedom of speech, then Islam and Muslims, which are representative of our right to freedom of religion–so that any issue surrounding our right to keep and bear arms can be completely avoided–is exemplified right here in Pensacola, Florida.
“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.”
The entire Commission of Escambia County, Florida, caved in to this one demand by one person–a Democrat who is not only White but almost certainly a Jew–and resolved never again to fly any design of any flag representing the Confederate States of America.
One person brought the entire Commission of Escambia County, Florida, to its knees–where it still remains.
I am not even from Pensacola, originally–yet I seem to be the only Pensacolian who is even questioning this.
Doesn’t anyone else have a problem with this?