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HISTORY, CIVICS, AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY PENSACOLA’S FIVE-FLAGS DISPLAYS

HISTORY, CIVICS, AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY PART 2

HISTORY, CIVICS, AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY PART 3

REAL AMERICANS OPPOSE ZIONISM—AND REAL AMERICANS OPPOSE THE ZIONIST STATE OF ISRAEL

In response to Ken Paxton’s editorial of May 24, 2018, our First Amendment right to freedom of speech protects his rabid Zionism—and our First Amendment right to freedom of speech protects my condemnation of his rabid Zionism.

Since Mr. Paxton is so fond of the Zionist State of Israel, he can take his hatred there—and leave us real Americans alone.

Scott Wesley Mayo

Pensacola, Florida, resident

Mobile, Alabama, native

Proud descendant of Confederate veterans and U.S. veterans alike

Proud opponent of the Zionist State of Israel, and our government’s support of it—with our tax dollars, but without our consent

“WHERE IS THE RESISTANCE TO THIS MONUMENT?”

“‘It’s always a good thing to remember and honor our history,’ said Claudine Kriss as reported by Troy Moon in his article referencing General Galvez’s sculpture by Captain Robert Rasmussen, USN, Ret. and Katherine R. Vineze.

“The addition of this monument will enhance the downtown area of Pensacola as does the existing monument in Lee’s Square atop the hill on Palafox Street of a Confederate soldier—a part of our history too.  The question begs, where is the resistance to this monument?

“The Spanish were instrumental in assisting the American Colonies to gain their independence from Britain, but are also responsible for enslaving, spreading disease, torture, maiming, theft, murder, rape, arson and other crimes that wiped out tribes of Native Americans along the Gulf Coast, Florida and the Southeast.

“Florida was, while under Spanish control, a refuge for runaway slaves.  However, the Spanish were quick to enslave the Africans and send them to their colonies in Cuba and elsewhere in the Caribbean Basin.

 

“If the Pensacola News Journal is indeed unbiased, offers responsible journalistic discourse with all sides having the light of truth to shine upon a subject, then this newspaper should relate historical facts with reference to the Spanish atrocities known throughout many publications, books and articles written on this very subject.

“We can’t change history any more than we can change who our parents are!  Our history is just that…history!  It is what it is!”

W. L. Stafford, Pensacola

Pensacola News Journal, April 24, 2018

IT’S REALLY ABOUT GOVERNMENT CENSORSHIP

Anywhere else in the Southern United States, the actions of local governments regarding the Confederate Flag controversy may be about something else–but here in Escambia County, Florida, the latest action of the local government is about government censorship.

And I didn’t even realize this until after I’d written the last sentence in the following letter-to-the-editor I submitted to the Pensacola News Journal:

I was hoping Pensacola would be spared this misplaced hysteria concerning the Confederate Flag; since the Confederate Battle Flag was replaced with the First Confederate Flag many years ago.  But I was sadly mistaken.

The Escambia County Commission’s decision to replace the First Confederate Flag with the State Flag of Florida is insulting to the intelligence of all residents of Greater Pensacola.  We know that Spain, France, Britain, and the United States all participated in slavery in the Americas, just as the Confederate States did.  And the State of Florida participated in slavery too. The Confederate States of America may not have been any better than the four other nations in Pensacola’s history; but it was certainly no worse.  And it made positive contributions to the culture of our city, just as the other four nations did.

Since the Escambia County Commission has resolved never to fly any design of the Confederate Flag again; it must also remove the flags of the other four nations of Pensacola’s history and heritage, with the possible exception of the Flag of the United States.

One cannot censor part of history without censoring all of history.


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