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Tuesday, February 15, 2000
Supper @ 6 PM
Mr. J. J. Johnson
In Celebration of
In the continuing struggle to educate a society and nation which is surely moving away from traditionalists like us, we have our annual opportunity to interject some historical truth into the celebration known as Black History Month. Of course the John T. Lesley Camp has been known for its innovative and assertive style of edifying the black Southerner about his role in the history of the South, particularly the Confederate South.
In 1998 we set up our Camp display at the south St. Petersburg Juneteenth Celebration commemorating Freedom from Slavery in America. With great preparation, we set up our booth with a first rate visual display on two stand-up boards for educating the black audience of south St. Petersburg. We were unabashedly Confederate in every respect. We wore Confederate gray uniforms, sold the book Black Southerners in Gray, ran the video Black Southern Heritage on a TV monitor, and all of this under numerous large Confederate flags all flapping in the breeze. For the entire day we interacted with all comers and what a glorious day it was. We were well received. Our participation was covered and reported by National Public Radio. The St. Petersburg Times did fair reporting of our participation as did a couple of TV stations.
Then in 1999 we were invited back to that years Juneteenth celebration. Again, we had a marvelous time with no difficulty. But that year we were blessed to have with us Compatriot Nelson Winbush of the Summerlin Camp. Having a black SCV member with us was a very big plus. Nelson is articulate and able to deal people of colour with a disarming ease. Another success and good coverage on the news angle.
Why it is important, at this time, to bring these facts to your attention is simply to let you know and to be aware that we have always bent over backwards to educate the black Southerner and to properly define the flag and heritage to all. It is not easy to get the press to seriously listen and, when we have obtained coverage, we were treated as an anomaly. Serious editorialists in the mainstream press have always avoided us and our message.
Do we have a message and a truth to share. You bet! No doubt about it. An outline of some of the truths and insights we have to offer are listed here:
1. The true causes of the War
2. Nature of the South as a unique society
3. Black underpinnings of the Confederacy
4. Interpretative Constitutional differences
5. Conduct of the War
6. Multicultural makeup of the Confederacy
7. Southern Reconstruction & the bitter consequences
For those in mainstream society to accept any of the above tenets from our Southern belief system is for those in that society to question the very basis of their own pre-concieved beliefs concerning the South. You see, Abraham Lincoln is a saint in the Republican Party and in mainstream intelligentsia. Of course, we know the truth of Mr. Lincoln and what he did for creating federalism at the expense of constitutional liberty. We know that Father Abraham was not particularly fond of the black race yet he is idolized as the saviour and freedom giver of the black race in America. It is not comfortable for those in the mainstream to understand the true Lincoln or to learn the fact that President Jefferson Davis of the Confederacy was the only American president to adopt (into his household) a black child (Jim Limber).
The Confederacy was multicultural before multicultural was cool. A Jew (Judah Benjamin) was Secretary of State; an American Indian (Stand Watie) was a Confederate general; thousands of Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi Cubans were in the Southern army; many thousands of Mexicans fought with the Trans-Mississippi Confederate army; and, of course, the 3.5 million black slaves and 500,000 free blacks in the South who by their service and duty performed left the country able to hold off for four horrible years the onslaught of a vicious and ruthless invader.
We welcome Black History Month but we lament that the history and heritage that is common to all Southerners will not be taught. There will be no coming together under a common roof whereby we appreciate not the colour of our pigment but the common links of our past. Woe to the plight of a society and culture which rejoices at the differences that we can create, enhance and celebrate and ignores the oneness that binds us all to our God, our culture and our land. God help us and God Save Our Common Land, the Southland.
The Confederate Flag:
Okay, so whats wrong with me? In celebration of slain Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther Kings day (week?) if I watch enough news, I should be out there with my black brethren yelling, screaming and looking to burn every free waving set of Stars and Bars I run across. So whats wrong? Shouldnt I be offended as well?
In a way, yes. I am. And heres why:
I had ancestors who fought on both sides of that war which was anything but civil.
Yes, in Northern Mississippi in fact. Cousin against cousin. One man trying to protect what was his, and one who escaped slavery only to be drafted into taking his cousins land away. This little fact, along with all the arguments about Southern Heritage, Southern Pride and Remembering the Gentlemen who in died war gets lost in all the noise about why its so insensitive.
And I am just fed up with it.
More than that, Im fed up with the yellow-bellied, white guys who dont have the guts to fight back on the issue. I know, no one wants to get labeled the R word. To politicians, its a label thats worse than being called a liar, an adulterer or a draft dodger. And heaven knows, you white guys in the public sector better not even bring it up at work or in public. Theres a civil rights lawsuit with your name on it. Yet, I know how many of you especially you folks south of the Mason-Dixon line must feel right now.
Wanna fight back?
Hold my coat for a minute
Where were these protests against OUR Confederate battle flag for the last 135 years? Why are these black people allowing themselves to be manipulated by the media and their left-wing, so-called "black leadership?" Whenever I hear a black person talk about this flag issue, I ask them the same questions. Do you know how long that flag has been flying over those state capitals? Havent you seen them there before? The answer from most blacks I talk to out west is, who cares?
Not good enough for the National Association for the Advancement of Career Politicians (NAACP). Not good enough for these modern-day Plantation Pimps who cant find any other juvenile criminals to fight for so now they retaliate by dissing a great hunk of American culture. This is ONLY being done to pander to black voters this political season. You see, back in 1992, folks just decided to burn down Los Angeles while liberal politicians mailed gasoline to the rioters. This time, lets burn down a heritage instead.
I hope some black person is reading this right now and fuming. You should be. If you think the Confederate flag is insulting to you, you are being used, or as we say it in the hood, you bein played for a fool. By who? Not by those evil conservatives, but by the liberal white man. The ones wholl take your votes, then tell you youre not good enough to make it on your own.
But there is no sense giving you the same argument many of the Southern Ladies and Gentleman are trying to give now. You dont want to hear them, anyway.
Lets talk about insensitivity, shall we?
If you dont mind, some of us with southern roots are going to find every Vietnamese American citizen in this country, bus them to Washington, D.C. and protest to have the Vietnam Memorial removed from the park. Why stop there? On the way to Washington, we might as well grab every citizen with German or Japanese ancestors. With enough noise, we can get rid of that World War II Memorial, too. After all, These people all had relatives who were killed by the men and women America honors at those Memorials. You liberal, nothing-else-better-to-do black folks wouldnt mind, would you?
Yes. Let that sink in real good. Thats what youre doing to these good people of the South. You are DESECRATING THEIR MEMORIAL Check that Our Memorial.
What ever happened to Diversity? Tolerance? Must be a one sided thing.
Dont give me that Symbol of Slavery bull****. If that were the case, turn in all those 1, 20, 50, and 100 dollar bills. The faces on these bills were men who were leaders when many blacks were slaves. But lets get down and dirty, shall we?
The worst riot in American history was not in Los Angeles. It was in New York, back in 1863. You see, there were a bunch of people who, like during Vietnam, didnt want be conscripted (read: drafted) to serve in an unjust war. Talk to your President about that. Over 1200 people died in just two days. Most when President Lincoln sent federal troops in to put down the rebellion. Oh, by the way, 83 blacks were lynched in those two days right there in The Big Apple. So, which flag do you really want taken down?
But since were all told to boycott, will those leftist, black elected leaders in South Carolina boycott the Statehouse while its in session? I doubt it. Will they avoid buying goods in their own state? Doubt it. Our forefathers who wrote the Constitution gave all of us a way to deal with a states policies we didnt like. Thats what the South was fighting for. It was not about slavery. If that were the case, wed be bombing China right now, and we would not accept license plates made with prison labor right here in the good ol USA.
Oh Whats the black population percentage in prison these days, anyway?
The multicultural extremists cant call me racist, but in the black socialist community, they have even uglier words for people who refuse to live on that plantation, such as me. Just ask Clarence Thomas.
So let that flag wave proudly as a monument to the last Army in this country that actually fought for the Constitution. I am proud to have ancestors who fought with them. And for those people who dont want their state to fly the stars and bars, here a solution thats much easier that protesting
Theres a term for it. Its called white flight.
Numerous members of the Lesley Camp attended the January 8 rally in support of the flag on the dome of the Capitol in Columbia, SC. The press reported that 6,000 were in the march but we have it that 6,000 was the number later fed. The actual number our people we think to have been about 10,000 marching. It was really a wonderful time. Quite refreshing.
Rally in Montgomery, Alabama
The momentum of the very successful pro-flag rally in South Carolina is being funneled toward Montgomery, Alabama for Saturday, March 4. The Alabama Heritage Coalition has been created to channel the diverse Southern Heritage organizations into common action. If you will recall the South Carolina event was sponsored by the South Carolina Heritage Coalition. This event in Alabama is directly supporting the effort to have the Confederate Battleflag restored to its place of honour atop the old Capitol building in Montgomery. The rally is also being billed as a Southern Independence Day Celebration in order to assert our cultural independence as a people. Danny Verdin, SC SCV Division Commander, and Ronnie Simmons, Alabama SCV Division Commander will be speakers. For details and for more information please log on to the following site:
For information on who may be going from the Lesley Camp please contact 2nd Lt. Cmdr Mike Herring at 681-6922.
On January 22, on a Saturday evening, the Plant City Chapter 1931, United Daughters of the Confederacy put on one great Lee/Jackson Banquet. Over 115 folks were in attendance for this gala evening at Romans Country Elegance located south of Plant City on Hwy 39. But never was the reason of our commemoration on this evening forgotten. A great time was experienced but this was done in remembrance of two of the greatest Americans who ever graced this green earth.
After extending a warm welcome, Mrs. Martha Sue Skinner began the evening with the prescribed Ritual with the help of Mrs. Carole Shelton, the chapter chaplain. Lesley Camp Asst. Chaplain Rev. Calvin Martin did a great job with the blessing and benediction but he really outdid himself as he led in Dixie and did a solo of How Firm A Foundation.
There was no shortage of door prizes. Mrs. Becky Jordan passed out some really wonderful gifts. A new member of the Chapter, Mrs. Lunelle Siegel, won several wonderful framed pictures including one really great picture of General Lee.
After the opening ceremonies, Compatriot Jake English did a marvelous job of performing as Master of Ceremonies. Jake introduced the speakers for the evening, Compatriot Jim Armitage on Gen. Jackson and Compatriot Marion Lambert on Gen. Lee.
Lets not forget the food. What wonderful dining! The cuisine was the best that this writer has ever witnessed. Really the best. And the birthday cake that was brought out at the end of the evening was divine. Ladies, we can hardly wait until next year.
Compatriot Jim Armitage was the keynote speaker and he really did a fine job. He talked about the Southern soldier and the important role that he performed for the United States military right up to the present. It was a great talk.
Mrs. Shelly Jakes was the MC for the evening and she did a fine job. Not only was the ceremony a fine success but the meal and cake were fabulous. Chapter 113, ya'll did real good..
Editor's note: It is really special to have two great and active chapters of the United Daughters of the Confederacy right here in Hillsborough County.
CALL TO ARMS!
The Captain of the Lesley Camp Colour Guard extends an invitation to members and Legionnaires to join with us as participants. There is no better way to proclaim your heritage then when you join our ranks.
Requirements include period uniform (gray in colour with kepi), white canvas leggings and flag with staff. As a unit we march in parades, perform at ceremonies and provide colours for funerals.
You are encouraged to give me a call and become part of a true ...band of brothers, native to the soil.
-Captain Mike Herring (681-6922)
The convention for this year (2000) will be held in the beautiful city of Charleston in the fabulous state of South Carolina from August 2 through August 5. With the NAACP having declared a visitors and tourism boycott for South Carolina until the Battleflag comes off the Capitol dome surely this is the year to go to Charleston.
This will be the 105th convention. The host Westin Francis Marion Hotel is fully booked. There are three other hotels within one block of the Westin facility. They are the Embassy Suites (843) 723-6900 (most historic and classy), the Holiday Inn (843) 805-7900, and the Hampton Inn (843) 723-4000. The rate, over the phone, for the Embassy Suites was quoted at $159.00 per night.
Special Need of the Camp
We are in special need of a good looking and quality utility box trailer. The body needs to be made of aluminum, be at least 10 feet long and 6 feet wide. We prefer to have a trailer with a side door along with the standard rear door. One axle is fine. This trailer is needed to carry the volume of material that we use for Living Histories, school displays, reenactment displays and to carry the materials for the meetings that we are constantly farming out to many different people. The fulfillment of this need is very necessary if we are to continue with our community outreach efforts.
- Rev. Ken Simpson
A Chaplains Looks at the 23rd Psalm
The twenty-third Psalm is one of my favorite Psalms written by David, with a precious message for needy souls. Its words are refreshing and comforting, with a charm, a fragrance, and a full sweetness that has lifted and calmed many a trouble heart. In these familiar words we find the voice of a human soul securely nestling in the arms of a loving God.
This little poem lies between the psalm of the cross and the psalm of the crown. In Psalm twenty-two there is pictured the Good Shepherd who died, the Saviour who suffered (John 10). In Psalm Twenty-Four we see the chief Shepherd reappearing in glory, bringing crowns (I Peter 5:4). In the twenty-third Psalm our Lord is presented as the living Shepherd, keeping His redeemed ones all through lifes difficult journey (Hebrews 13: 20-21). I have chosen to address this psalm in my column for the next few months because I know about many of the trials and difficult times many in our camp family are presently experiencing. Strength and steadiness and serenity and security will be ours as the message of this psalm breaks in upon us.
This psalm is strangely personal, unusually descriptive of the man David. As we study it we learn several things about him. He knows that he is a needy creature. Full confession is made of his utter dependence, his proneness to go astray, and his ignorance. He felt keenly his pitiful helplessness, his utter lack of ability to protect himself, his longing for companionship, and his hopes for an eternal home at the end of the journey. He makes it clear that he is speaking from ripe experience. He has tried the keeping power of God and has found that in every area of life the Lord had proved to be the loving Shepherd described in these verses. In all of lifes experiences David found Him faithful.
David reveals his great love for his Shepherd. A grateful heart is evident in every line. David had fallen in love with his divine Guide, and every moment with Him was a distinct joy. That sweet fellowship has given him a sense of the eternal serenity of one who trusts and leans on the Shepherd. A beautiful assurance runs through the psalm transforming it into a shout of triumph. No emergency can be too much for him. No dark valley can be a conqueror. No hour in all of life can be without victory, for the eternal Shepherd guarantees it. David delights to claim the Shepherd as his own. We too, with our trials, difficulties and uncertainties about events in our lives can, like David, appropriate the Shepherd through faith.
You are in my prayers, my dear camp,
Your Chaplain and friend,
Special - HERITAGE REPORT - Special
Editors Note: The below resolutions of the NAACP are presented to convey the degree of the mean spiritedness and intolerance that our avowed enemy in this cultural war have embraced. But please remember, that this organization is playing this hateful tune to the applause of a society and culture already divorced from traditions and values that we as Southerners appreciate. It is to this politically correct and liberal mainstream that the NAACP is serenading and from them they thrive politically and economically. Our own real enemies here in the heartland of the South are the local Chambers of Commerce and their politicians who value perceived dollar loss over the demise of culture.
NAACP 1991 Resolution
At their 1991 national convention, the NAACP passed the following resolution:
NAACP 1999 Emergency Resolution
At their 1999 national convention, the NAACP passed the following resolution:
Be It Further Resolved, that all units of the NAACP shall join in the South Carolina Conference of Branches in urging all families planning reunions in South Carolina to consider locations outside of the States as reunion sites until such time that the Confederate Battle Flag is removed from positions of sovereignty in the state of South Carolina
As a result of this current mean spirited attack upon our heritage and the symbols of that heritage there have been numerous horrible results. The following have occurred within the past month and are listed below:
None of the above have been officially classified as a Hate Crime.
From the Adjutant's Desk:
Sadly I must report that there are thirty-eight ex-members of the John T. Lesley Camp that failed to respond to the five membership dues notices. For the past two months notification has been posted in the FORT BROOKE RECORD and three dues notices have been delivered by the U.S. POSTAL SERVICE. Three remittance envelopes were received at this office on or after January 31st 2000. Now a $5.00 reinstatement bill must be sent to these delinquent members pursuant to the Constitution of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
A total of 159 Compatriots and 16 Legionnaires had their checks deposited and appropriate notification forwarded to IHQ, SCV despite a computer software glitch.
The annual membership dues are payable at the beginning of the fiscal year of the Confederation which will be at the end of the next General Convention. Please feel free to remit your 2100 dues ($33.00) at any time, they will be credited to your SCV ID account.
Welcome to compatriots: James W. Walters, Phillip M. Walters, Dean H. Leferink and Donald L. Geary.
See you at Buddy Freddys February 15th, 2000.
If you have any questions concerning camp business as it relates to you or to process membership paperwork, please do not hesitate in contacting me.
Adjutant Dwight Tetrick