Category Archives: Heritage Violations

Skynyrd ain’t our Enemy…

I recently published a post entitled An Inconvenient Truth the subject of which was the recent controversy involving Southern Rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd interview with CNN their distancing of themselves from the Confederate Battle Flag, fan outrage, and Gary Rossington’s (last original member of Lynyrd Skynyrd) clarification and pledge to keep flying the flag at their live shows.

Today I want to take the discussion in a new direction, one that will most likely get me as much or more hate mail than it will positive responses. That being said, this is what I feel, and this is what I feel is right to say.

Michael Givens, Commander in Chief of the Sons of Confederate Veterans

I like most of you was both angered and disappointed when Lynyrd Skynyrd appeared on CNN and declared that they were dissociating themselves from the Confederate Flag, I found their Facebook page and shared my displeasure with them like THOUSANDS of my fellow Southerners and Skynyrd fans did. I was quite please , when Gary Rossington posted his statement clarifying his position on the flag stating that:

I wanted to clarify the discussion of the Confederate Flag in our recent CNN interview.  Myself, the past members and the present members (that are from the South), are all extremely proud of our heritage and being from the South.   We know what the Dixie flag represents and its heritage; the Civil War was fought over States rights.
We still utilize the Confederate (Rebel) flag on stage every night in our shows, we are and always will be a Southern American Rock band, first and foremost.  We also utilize the state flag of Alabama and the American flag as well, ‘cause at the end of the day, we are all Americans.   I only stated my opinion that the confederate flag, at times, was unfairly being used as a symbol by various hate groups, which is something that we don’t support the flag being used for. The Confederate flag means something more to us, Heritage not Hate”

It was good to know that so many of us spoke out and it was even better that somebody listened. Gary Rossington listened and tried to make things right, now where I come from, that’s all a man can do , or be expected to do.  So why are so many of my Southern brothers in the ranks of the Sons of Confederate Veterans still raking him over the coals?

Michael Givens, Commander in Chief of the Sons of Confederate Veterans could never be described as a simple administrator, or a bureacrat within the ranks of the 31,000 that make up the Sons.  He is an Independent film maker, he is articulate, proactive and thinks outside of the box in his duties. In short his has been an excellent commander but in the case of Lynyrd Skynyrd, specifically Gary Rossington’s statements he is wrong. Responding to Rossington’s statement he left the following comment in the comments section at the band’s website, www.lynyrdskynyrd.com stating:

“Dear Gary, Lynyrd Skynyrd, management, `et alia’,

I am the Commander-in-Chief of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. We are an organization, chartered in 1896 by veterans of the War for Southern Independence for the purpose of promoting the true history and principles of the Confederate soldiers’ cause. On behalf of our 31,000 members I write you today to express our deep sadness and concern over your present stance toward our venerable banner of the South. Your use of the flag in a manner that is up lifting and not aligned with any form of hate has been a stalwart defense of the flag’s true symbolism for many years. We appreciate and applaud your past efforts on behalf of our common ancestors.

Our biggest concern comes from your statement on the 8th of September 2012 to CNN. You disclosed, “But I think through the years, you know, people like the KKK and Skinheads and people have kind of kidnapped the dixie rebel flag from the southern tradition and the heritage of the soldiers.” Sir, our ancestors wrote the definition of that flag with their blood and when they furled the flag at the last battle they tucked their God-given liberty inside. The KKK and the Skinheads do not define our flag any more than the NAACP or any other hate group.

I am sure you do not agree with their hateful views of our flag, therefore I must ask you, who will stand up for the TRUTH, if not you and if not me? The answer is no one and without us the truth will be buried with the American Confederate flag. That is why we must not capitulate to their nancy demands.

Like many men in my organization, your music has been the soundtrack of my life. Your songs have helped define my own identity and Southernness. I have been a fan from the beginning. I was at the second to the last concert of the original band in Johnson City, Tennessee. All my best friends were at the Greenville, South Carolina concert a few days later. Then, our lives were changed forever—some much more than others. We have always been there for you. Your fans have not let you down. Do not let us down.

My fear is that you are living the song, WORKING FOR THE MCA and that Lynyrd Skynyrd has become the subject of a re-branding effort that hopes to make a kinder, gentler Lynyrd Skynyrd. I worked in the ad world for twenty years; re-branding’s not what we need. We need the honest and courageous Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Stay true to your people.

Please fell free to contact me if I may help. I wish you the very best and remain,

Respectfully yours,

Michael Givens Commander-in-Chief Sons of Confederate Veterans scv.org michaelgivens.com”

This was a good statement, a proper statement, and it should have stopped there, however; since making the statement he has also added :

“They still have not put it back in merchandise and the fact that they capitulated in the first place continues the acid rain of angst.”

Commander Givens has also seemingly become obsessed with a few nameless individuals in the comments (all 53 of them) section on the band’s website www.lynyrdskynyrd.com  stating: “My letter to Skynyrd has brought out the loons. Y’all might want to chime in”, as well as being obsessed with the the moderators on the site.

Sir, perhaps Gary Rossington did some soul searching after the CNN interview and the backlash from the fans. The end result is that the band will once again fly the flag that has been the symbol of the band for over 40 years, and our heritage for 150 years.

You , me, or anyone else for that matter has no right to demand what kind of merchandise they sell. The free market will determine the demand. Isn’t that what our ancestors fought the war to begin with? Besides, Gary Rossington isn’t telling us what merchandise to sell.

While you have been trying to bring Lynyrd Skynyrd under the heel, a major developement has occurred in Alabama. The Herald Standard is reporting that:

“Council members in an Alabama city voted Tuesday to stop a group’s work on a new monument honoring a Confederate general who was an early leader in the Ku Klux Klan.

The Selma City Council voted 4-0 with two members abstaining to stop all work on the monument to Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest until the courts decide whether the city or a Confederate heritage group owns the cemetery property where the monument would be rebuilt.

The vote came after a group of protesters marched to City Hall.

Demonstrations by civil rights groups about 10 years ago led to the relocation of a Forrest monument from outside a city building near downtown to a section of a city cemetery honoring Confederate war dead. But Forrest’s bust was removed and apparently stolen from atop a 7-foot granite memorial earlier this year, and efforts to rebuild it have drawn protests and calls by civil rights activists not to replace it.

Detractors say Forrest traded black people like cattle, massacred black Union soldiers and joined the early Ku Klux Klan. His defenders dispute much of that and counter with stories that depict him as a protector of slave families and defender of the weak who resigned from the KKK”

I ask you this; Who is more of a threat to our heritage? A group of friends who admit they were wrong and moves forward, or a group of well organized individuals, who will never admit when they are wrong and will not be happy until they destroy everything we hold dear?

Commander Givens, I respect you, but I would respect you a hell of a lot more if you got off your computer, stop having a teenage-style chatroom smack down with a nameless idiot and get your ass down to Alabama to confront the REAL threats to our heritage. respectfully,Clint E. LacyMember Colonel John T. Coffee Camp #1934, Osceola, Missouri

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Media Continues to Misrepresent Southern Heritage

From Fox 23.Com

“The Rebel flag represents the confederacy and is a symbol long considered racist but to 17-year-old Matthew Newcomb it represents his southern pride.”

Long considered racist? By whom? I remember growing up the Confederate flag was immensely popular on television, music covers and culture. The flag stood exactly for what it was intended to , Southern pride. But the PC police, along with help from the media have been very successful in demonizing it. Of course that is just one part of their plan, globalists , corporations and politicians find it much easier to carry out their plans if they can destroy the Southern culture of independence, heritage and individualism. Diversity is better for business you know.-webmaster

Trayvon Martin Case Part IV: Department of Injustice

Believe me when I tell you that I wish I didn’t have to keep covering this story but it is a story which has unfolded in the South  (Sanford , Fla) and could have very big implications in the lives of Southerners.

It could have very big implications because of what Attorney General of the United States Eric Holder addressed the National Action Network yesterday in Washington, D.C. and praised, yes you heard right, praised “Reverend” Al Sharpton stating:

“Thank you very much, Reverend Al.  I appreciate your kind words, and I’m especially grateful for your prayers and for your partnership, your friendship, and also for your tireless efforts to speak out for the voiceless, to stand up for the powerless, and to shine a light on the problems we must solve and the promises, the promises that we must fill.”

Wow.  So Al Sharpton is a problem solver and a shiner of light now?

Let’s look at Mr. Sharptons past “problem solving” skills. From Wikipedia:

“The Crown Heights riot began on August 19, 1991, after a car driven by a Jewish man, and part of a procession led by an unmarked police car, went through an intersection and was struck by another vehicle causing it to veer onto the sidewalk where it accidentally struck and killed a seven-year-old Guyanese boy named Gavin Cato and severely injured his cousin Angela. Witnesses could not agree upon the speed and could not agree whether the light was yellow or red. One of the factors that sparked the riot was the arrival of a private ambulance which, on the orders of a police officer worried for the Jewish driver’s safety, removed the uninjured driver from the scene while Cato lay pinned under his car.[30] Cato and his cousin were treated soon after by a city ambulance. Caribbean-American and African-American residents of the neighborhood rioted for four consecutive days fueled by rumors that the private ambulance had refused to treat Cato.[30][31] During the riot blacks looted stores,[30] beat Jews in the street,[30] and clashed with groups of Jews, hurling rocks and bottles at one another[32] after Yankel Rosenbaum, a visiting student from Australia, was stabbed and killed by a member of a mob shouting “Kill the Jew.”[33] Sharpton marched through Crown Heights and in front of “770”, shortly after the riot, with about 400 protesters (who chanted “Whose streets? Our streets!” and “No justice, no peace!”), in spite of Mayor David Dinkins‘s attempts to keep the from happening.[34]

In 1995, a black Pentecostal Church, the United House of Prayer, which owned a retail property on 125th Street, asked Fred Harari, a Jewish tenant who operated Freddie’s Fashion Mart, to evict his longtime subtenant, a black-owned record store called The Record Shack. Sharpton led a protest in Harlem against the planned eviction of The Record Shack.[35][36][37] Sharpton told the protesters, “We will not stand by and allow them to move this brother so that some white interloper can expand his business.”[38]

On December 8, 1995, Roland J. Smith Jr., one of the protesters, entered Harari’s store with a gun and flammable liquid, shot several customers and set the store on fire. The gunman fatally shot himself, and seven store employees died of smoke inhalation.[39][40] Fire Department officials discovered that the store’s sprinkler had been shut down, in violation of the local fire code.[41] Sharpton claimed that the perpetrator was an open critic of himself and his nonviolent tactics. Sharpton later expressed regret for making the racial remark, “white interloper,” and denied responsibility for inflaming or provoking the violence.[15][42]

On March 11, 2007, Sharpton held a press conference to highlight what he said was unequal treatment of four suspected rapists in a high-profile crime in the Dunbar Village Housing Projects in West Palm Beach, Florida. The suspects, who were young black men, were arrested for allegedly raping and beating a black Haitian woman at gunpoint. The crime also involved forcing the woman to perform oral sex on her 12-year-old son.[49]

At his press conference Sharpton said that any violent act toward a woman is inexcusable but he felt that the accused youths were being treated unfairly because they were black. Sharpton contrasted the treatment of the suspects, who remain in jail, with white suspects involComments on Jews

During the Crown Heights Riot, Sharpton (who arranged a rally in Crown Heights after Cato’s death[30]) has been seen by some commentators as inflaming tensions by making remarks that included “If the Jews want to get it on, tell them to pin their yarmulkes back and come over to my house”.[56]

Comments on gays

Sharpton was quoted as saying to an audience at Kean College in 1994 that, “White folks was [sic] in caves while we was building empires…. We taught philosophy and astrology and mathematics before Socrates and them Greek homos ever got around to it.”[57] Sharpton defended his comments by noting that the term “homo” was not homophobic but added that he no longer uses the term.[58] Sharpton has since called for an end to homophobia in the African-American community.[59]

Comments on Mormons

During 2007, Sharpton was accused of bigotry for comments he made on May 7, 2007, concerning presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his religion, Mormonism:

“As for the one Mormon running for office, those who really believe in God will defeat him anyways, so don’t worry about that; that’s a temporary situation.”[60][61]

In response, a representative for Romney told reporters that “bigotry toward anyone because of their beliefs is unacceptable.”[62] The Catholic League compared Sharpton to Don Imus, and said that his remarks “should finish his career”.[63]

On May 9, during an interview on Paula Zahn NOW, Sharpton said that his views on Mormonism were based on the “Mormon Church’s traditionally racist views regarding blacks” and its interpretation of the so-called “Curse of Ham“.[64] On May 10, Sharpton called two apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and apologized to them for his remarks and asked to meet with them.[65] A spokesman for the Church confirmed that Sharpton had called and said that “we appreciate it very much, Rev. Sharpton’s call, and we consider the matter closed.”[66] He also apologized to “any member of the Mormon church” who was offended by his comments.[66] Later that month, Sharpton went to Salt Lake City, Utah, where he met with Elder M. Russell Ballard, a leader of the Church, and Elder Robert C. Oaks of the Church’s Presidency of the Seventy.[67][68]

Tawana Brawley controversy

For more details on this topic, see Tawana Brawley rape allegations.

Al Sharpton interviewed in 2007 on whether he is tired of hearing about Tawana Brawley twenty years later.

On November 28, 1987, Tawana Brawley, a 15-year-old African-American girl, was found smeared with feces, lying in a garbage bag, her clothing torn and burned and with various slurs and epithets written on her body in charcoal. Brawley claimed she had been assaulted and raped by six white men, some of them police officers, in the town of Wappinger, New York.

Attorneys Alton H. Maddox and C. Vernon Mason joined Sharpton in support of Brawley. A grand jury was convened; after seven months of examining police and medical records, the jury determined that Brawley had fabricated her story. Sharpton, Maddox, and Mason accused the Dutchess County prosecutor, Steven Pagones, of racism and of being one of the perpetrators of the alleged abduction and rape. The three were successfully sued for slander and ordered to pay $345,000 in damages, the jury finding Sharpton liable for making seven defamatory statements about Pagones, Maddox for two, and Mason for one.[69] Sharpton refused to pay his share of the damages; it was later paid by a number of black business leaders.[31]

In 2007, Sharpton said he would have accepted the case the same as he does today. The only difference would be he would not have made it so personal with Pagones, but he still felt Brawley had a good case to go to trial. “I disagreed with the grand jury on Brawley,” said Sharpton in an interview. “I believed there was enough evidence to go to trial. Grand jury said there wasn’t. Okay, fine. Do I have a right to disagree with the grand jury? Many Americans believe O.J. Simpson was guilty. A jury said he wasn’t. So I have as much right to question a jury as they do. Does it make somebody a racist? No! They just disagreed with the jury. So did I.” [12]

ved in a gang rape—which he claimed was equivalent to the Dunbar Village attack—who were released after posting bond”

Wow that is quite an impressive list of “problem solving” skills is it not?  Eric Holder the U.S. Attorney General, who refused to prosecute members of the New Black Panther Party for voter intimidation in 2008 and who refuses to investigate the New Black Panther Party’s $10,000 bounty for George Zimmerman’s head, is praising Al Sharpton , a reverend in name only, who has a history of inciting violence and racial tensions.

Combine that with the fact that the Southern Poverty Law Center , a “poverty pimp” organization has stated that there is no such thing as hate speech in regard to threats being made by the New Black Panther Party in Florida.  From Infowars.com:

“In the wake of the Trayvon Martin tragedy, the media and left-leaning politcians, along with extremist groups like the Neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement (NSM) and the New Black Panther Party (NBP) have all combined to create a perfect storm which appears to be nudging America in the direction of an all-out race war.

In addition, fake news reports of NSM’s armed Neo-Nazis patrolling the streets of Sanford, Florida were spreading through the media over this past weekend. Infowars went on to expose these as false claims on Tuesday.

When we spoke to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and its Director Mark Potok on Monday, the SPLC rightly confirmed that they had no knowledge of armed Neo-Nazi patrols in Sanford.

But when asked about the seriousness of the New Black Panther Party’s very public, on-radio demand for a ‘blood on the streets’ race war and their ‘Dead or Alive’ $10,000 bounty on the head of Trayvon Martin’s shooter George Zimmerman, and whether authorities should arrest their leader  Malik Zulu Shabazz, as well as Michelle Williams and Chawn Kweli, the New Black Panther’s chief of staff in Tampa and a national spokesman, respectively – because their public declarations constituted hate speech… Potok told this writer:

“There’s no such thing as hate speech…”

“… there must be incitement, or an element of immediacy for authorities to intervene.”

Potok went on to add that for hate speech to be actionable, there must be what is termed as a “true threat” in legal language.

Certainly the New Black Panther Party should be categorized as a “hate group”, according to the SPLC’s previous categorization used to demonize numerous domestic patriot and sovereign citizen groups. In fact the SPLC has compiled a list of hundreds of “Natiivist” US hate groups . Surprisingly, the New Black Panther Party does not exist on their extensive list which comprises mostly of “Minutemen” citizen militia organizations situated along America’s borders”

It would certainly seem that left – wing organizations,  liberal media and the Department of Justice are working together to create the perfect storm and it is my opinion that they want riots, they want civil unrest , they want anarchy because it would benefit THEM.

At a time when Southern culture, heritage and history are being sytematically erased it goes without saying that ONE of the benefits for the “White House Alliance’s” plan for civil unrest would be to wipe this culture out permenantly.  President Obama wants to be a dictator, he has even publically said so on July 25, 2011 stating that: “The idea of doing things on my own is very tempting”

Look for my racial “crises” coming out of the South as election time nears.  Lincoln needed a bad guy in 1861, there is no reason to doubt that Obama is blowing the dust off his plan for his own benefit.- webmaster

Race Baiting?

Well the accusations abound that Across our Confederation is guilty of “Race-Baiting”.  It reminds me of an article I read about liberals once upon a time. The just of it was that one can not win an argument against liberals because facts mean nothing. Facts mean nothing because liberalism is more than a political viewpoint,  it is a religion to those who believe in it and the followers have enough faith in their “religion” to believe that if they keep repeating the lies, distorting the truth and manipulating the media enough, the world will see things how they want the world to see them.

That might work for THEM but that is not how I see the world. I see the world for how it REALLY is.

The criticism started rolling in as I published my series on the Trayvon Martin case Part I , Part II and Part III .  Race-baiting was the accusation made by certain liberal South-hating blogs.

Excuse me, I am not the “race-baiter” I expose the race-baiters.

Maybe Al-Sharpton didn’t call for an expanding of civil unrest.

Maybe a rap group didn’t put out a video calling for riots and hurting white children.

Maybe militant black thugs didn’t go on a spray painting spree of Confederate monuments in New Orleans in the name of “Justice” for Trayvon. Maybe the aforementioned same black thugs didn’t spray paint “blacks kill white people too” on a bridge in the same city during their vandalism spree and maybe, just maybe Tulane professor Charles Figley didn’t say that “their intent was to practice terrorism”

Monuments were being defaced prior to Trayvon’s death. That being said, the militants who dawn their hoodies on their head,  (a spray can in one hand and a pack of “Skittles” in the other) as a sign of solidarity for their fallen martre, feel even more embolden and justified in doing so.

No thanks to anti-Southern bloggers such as Kevin Levin over at Civil War Memory who suggests that the monuments are a result of a “history of racial tension” .

Can I label men like Levin “Yankee -Baiters”?

This isn’t going away and there is no reason to hide your head in the sand and pretend it is. Call me what you want, the fact is, I really don’t care what you call me but one thing is for sure, you won’t find me wringing my hands at the matter, questioning the “history of racial injustice” as thugs continue to vandalise monuments to the Confederate veterans, distribute rap songs that call for physical harm of white children, or insinuate that if we all don’t beg for forgiveness from Trayvon that white people are going to die.-webmaster.

Why isn’t the Museum of the Confederacy going to fly Confederate Flags?



Are YOU mad enough yet? Call (804) 649-1861 and ask the Museum of the Confederacy WHY there will be no Confederate Flag flown at the Appomattox location! Email Linda Lipscomb, Appomattox site director llipscomb@moc.org. Send a fax to: (804) 644-7150. If you live anywhere near Richmond, stop in and ask them in person! If you are a member, cancel your membership…tell them why…and demand a REFUND!-via Southern Heritage Preservation Group.

Southerners: Will Romney represent you?

Chicago Tribune weighs on Nascar, Confederate flag

Nascar's "Car of Tomorrow"

Yankees have been trying to tell Southerners how to live, act and think since before the War for Southern Independence and today is no different, well for the most part it’s not. The difference now is that corporations seem to have as much power as government. No one wants to rock the corporate boat, opinions need not apply in the corporate media.A good example of this is ESPN.  Hank Williams Jr. was fired for stating the obvious about the “golf game” between President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner.  Later ESPN would fire Anthony Frederico was fired for describing a bad game played by Jeremy Lin as having been a “chink in his armor”

Neither Hank Williams Jr. or Anthony Frederico engaged in racism or racist statements but the Liberal-Corporate-Media can take no chances when it comes to someone who might say something that might possibly result in questioning diversity.

Enter the Chicago Tribune (or Chicago spittoon I like to call it) they just couldn’t help but address the latest “threat” to diversity…. the Confederate flag and Nascar.

According to today’s addition of the Tribune:

Stars and barred: NASCAR has made great strides trying to rid itself of its good-old-boy roots. Women and minorities have long been accepted into the garage area and beyond. You’d think we’d move past this, but some people simply refuse to let go.

Ben Jones, for instance.

Jones, a former U.S. congressman and one of the stars of the memorable television show “The Dukes of Hazzard,” remains fighting mad that NASCAR banned the General Lee car from taking a parade lap around Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday because the car’s rooftop features a Confederate flag.

“It’s political correctness run amok, and I’m outraged,” Jones told Fox News. “It’s an insult to the heartland of America. (NASCAR) did this to please some board member who had some pressure put on them by some political group somewhere.”

Give it a rest, dude. Although it’s understandable how some cling to the belief that the flag represents a proud heritage, it also conveys a deeper message of pain and racial conflict to African-Americans, particularly older ones.

“The image of the Confederate flag is not something that should play an official role in our sport as we continue to reach out to new fans and make NASCAR more inclusive,” NASCAR spokesman David Higdon said in a statement released to the Associated Press.

Thank you very much. Now let’s move on.”

Well, what if we don’t want to move on? More importantly; Why should we move on? Because the powers that be in Chicago’s premier Yankee rag tells us to?

It’s a sport which was started in the South, celebrated in the South and was built upon the pocket books of Southerners.  The Yankees of “Corporate America” want the Southern people to be like Nascar’s last bad idea  ( the Car of Tomorrow) generic with no distinguishing characteristics of any other car on the track. What’s so “diverse” about that?-webmaster

Stomp ’em Out

It appears my last post about diversity gone wrong in Nascar has upset a few of those that cast their lot with those of the politically correct persuasion. One such person, Andy Hall, who publishes the Dead Confederates blog writes:

“Clint Lacy, who claims his Across Our Confederation blog is “your voice in the Sons of Confederate Veterans,” has figured out the underlying cause of that fiery crash at the Daytona 500 the other night: letting non-white (or maybe just non-Southron) drivers into the sport. No, seriously:

Well Mr. [Brian] France [CEO and Chairman of NASCAR]; Did you get this “diversity thing” right? Did you achieve what you wanted to for this sport?

Because if your Drive to Diversity program was rolled out so that Latin-Americans could roll into dryer trucks filled to the brim with jet fuel you can give yourself a pat on the back.

I saw that wreck, and I have to say that it never entered my mind that it was the inevitable and foreseeable outcome of letting a Columbian, Juan Pablo Montoya, get behind the wheel. Shows you how clueless I am.

It’s Lacy’s conceit that his blog speaks for the rank-and-file membership of the SCV. It doesn’t, and he doesn’t, but his claim that it does makes it an SCV problem nonetheless. They ought to stomp him for attaching their name to foolishness like this, but I’m not holding my breath.”

This really isn’t surprising coming from Hall. Calling for a non-for-profit fraternal organization to bring violence to my doorstep. He did however; get one thing right, he is clueless.  Never have I said that Across our Confederation was affiliated with the Sons of Confederate Veterans. In fact, if he had taken time to click on the “about” link on my blog he would have read:

“Welcome to ACROSS THE CONFEDERATION.  This blog is your voice in the SCV. It is my belief that in order to be an effective and successful organization, the Sons of Confederate Veterans needs to hear from all of its members.

This blog will not discriminate on the basis of politics or camp affiliation. You send it and I’ll print it, it’s as simple as that.

Across the Confederation is not a publication of, nor is it affiliated with the Sons of Confederate Veterans.”

I did take the time to read about  Mr. Hall’s blog and what I found was not surprising. By clicking on the “about” link for the Dead Confederates blog we find that Mr. Hall brags {seemingly} of having more Confederate ancestors west of the Mississippi than any man on earth and he’s proud of it…well maybe not so much. When you get past all of the “I’m more qualified than you” portion of this blog he gets to his REAL beliefs ….

“I have no use for the Lost Cause. I grew up with it; I learned early on that Grant was a drunk, and Sherman was a monster. The pervasiveness of slavery, which tainted all, was rarely discussed. We were never actually defeated, I was told; “they starved us out.” I don’t think my late-20th-century family actually bought into this foolishness much, but felt obligated to pass it along, as it had been to them. But in my family, at least, it ends with me. There’s far too much good history out there to ignore for the sake of romanticism and hagiography”

Well there you go, it ends with him. To hell with his family, his sense of pride, honor or heritage. HIS kids will learn the official “guvment” version of the war because after all, Grant didn’t expel Jews from Paducah, Ky, Sherman didn’t kill or harm civilians and Lincoln was just a good president in a bad situation {tell that to over 600,000 Americans both North and South who died in order for him to implement big government programs and subvert the rights of states}.

As far as SCV members go, I would wager that most descendants of Confederate veterans probably aren’t too happy with Brian France’s vision for Nascar, a sport with its roots planted firmly in the South, but if up to France, will have no trace of it left in the sport.-webmaster.

NASCAR Diveristy goes up in flames at Daytona

“If we don’t get diversity right, this sport will not achieve what it needs to achieve from a popularity standpoint,”-Brian France  [NASCAR Seeks Diversity But Finds the Goings Slow , By Seth Livingstone, USA Today, April 27, 2007]

Well Mr. France; Did you get this “diversity thing” right? Did you achieve what you wanted to for this sport?

Because if your Drive to Diversity program was rolled out so that Latin-Americans could roll into dryer trucks filled to the brim with jet fuel you can give yourself a pat on the back.

As one writer for Pennsylvania’s ‘Fan Line’ blog put it:

“WHAT A SPLENDID display of driving, Mr. Montoya. No worries, you can still probably get a job driving an 18-wheeler in Pennsylvania.

I HAVE SEEN Juan Pablo Montoyas name been abbreviated as J.P.in the past. Does it now stand for jet propellent?”

It is lucky that no one was killed in this ongoing social experiment, but we should all count our blessings that “diversity” persevered.  Can you imagine what might have happened if they had let the General Lee on the track during the opening ceremonies? I shudder when I think about the possible consequences.- Webmaster

Nascar falls on its diversity sword

From V-Dare.com

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Home > Thought For The Daytona 500: Will Diversity Kill NASCAR?

By Paul Kersey

Created 02/25/12

The General Lee--Not Wanted In NASCAR

The 54th Daytona 500 [1], the granddaddy of all NASCAR races, kicks off the 2012 calendar season on Sunday, February 26. During the last thirty years, NASCAR’s devoted fan base helped propel it to become the unquestioned king of American motor sports. Less than a decade ago, NASCAR seemed poised to challenge [2] the National Football League (NFL) [3]for sports-entertainment dominance.

But recently the sport has been waning in popularity. TV ratings are down for a second consecutive season. [Action on Track isn’t Helping NASCAR in Popularity or Rating [4], By Nate Ryan, USA Today, July 20, 2010]

The apex of the sport seems to have been in 2006 when the movie Talladega Nights [5]was released. NASCAR signed an eight-year, $4.5 billion contract around this time and Forbes declared it was the “fastest growing sport in America [6].” Since that moment, ratings and attendance have collapsed [7], with only the white female Indy-racing crossover star Danica Patrick able to pop ratings [8].

NASCAR’s popularity stall has been attributed to the recession and to the oversaturation of the market. Jim Peltz of the Los Angeles Times has argued that imposing the safety-oriented a.k.a. boring “Car of Tomorrow” [COT] was “part of ‘a disconnect’ that opened between NASCAR and its fan base, (NASCAR grapples with a downshift in popularity, [6] By Jim Peltz, Los Angeles Times, March 21, 2011)

But few dare point out a key “disconnect” between NASCAR and its fan base: the organization’s new-found fashionable obsession with “diversity”.

Steve Sailer [9] pointed out in 2005 why NASCAR was growing in popularity with two powerful paragraphs that apparently were lost on the France family, who have headed NASCAR since 1972:

Finally, some readers pointed out that the answer was staring me in the face: because white American guys [10] always win. Heck, the drivers [11] are almost all British-Americans with a sprinkling of German-Americans [12] like the Earnhardts [13].

In short, NASCAR is an ethnic pride festival for the one group of people [14] who aren’t supposed [15] to hold ethnic pride [16]festivals. [The White Guy Gap [2], March 13, 2005]

NASCAR is what social psychologist Kevin MacDonald [17] has called an “implicit community [18]”—a place where similar people gather for unconscious, but for nevertheless evidently powerful, reasons.

As much as any sport in America, NASCAR has roots tied to a specific culture: white Southerners. [19]Going to a NASCAR event, regardless of the city, was [20]like joining a non-stop rock ‘n’ roll party, complete with Confederate flags, beer, fun, and the potential of seeing cars crash going in speeds of excess of 200 miles-per-hour.

But since taking over as NASCAR CEO in the early 2000s, Brian France [21] has apparently decided that diversity is a much more important goal than keeping the long-time fans of the sport happy.

Of course, he couches this in commercial terms: “If we don’t get diversity right, this sport will not achieve what it needs to achieve from a popularity standpoint,” [NASCAR Seeks Diversity But Finds the Goings Slow [22], By Seth Livingstone, USA Today, April 27, 2007]

And of course it’s not working in commercial terms. NASCAR’s push for diversity went in overdrive right around the time its popularity peaked. [NASCAR’s diversity push is widespread [23], By Nate Ryan, USA TODAY, October 4, 2006]

In 2004, France instituted the Drive for Diversity [24] program, which had the stated goal of increasing minority and women in NASCAR (whether it be in ownership, a driver, or a crew member).

On the official site of NASCAR, the necessary qualifications for those interested in being accepted into the Drive for Diversity program is listed [25]:

Who is the program for?

Drivers applying to the Drive for Diversity Driver Development program must meet the following eligibility requirements:

• Between the ages of 16 and 25 (as of October 15, 2010)

• A U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien

• A member of one of the following ethnic minorities classifications:

–        African-Americans: Having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa

–        Asian-Indian Americans: Having origins in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh

–        Asian-Pacific Americans: Origins are from Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, the Philippines, Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Trust Territories of the Pacific or the Northern Marianas

–        Hispanics: Having Hispanic heritage from any of the Spanish-speaking areas of Latin America or the following regions: Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean basin.

–        Native Americans: Persons who are American Indian, Eskimo, Aleut or Native Hawaiian, and regarded as such by the community of which the person claims to be a part. Native Americans must be documented members of a North American tribe, band or otherwise organized group of native people who are indigenous to the United States.

–        All females of U.S citizenship (or permanent resident alien)

White males, in other words, need not apply.

The success of this drive hasn’t been earth-shattering [26]. The current roster of NASCAR drivers continues to be lily-white and overwhelmingly male. But we know from experience that diversiticrats are not disturbed by a little thing like reality.[NASCAR’s ‘racist culture’ under fire [27] |Undeterred by claims of racism in NASCAR, black students seek to institute cultural changes, By Dustin Long, The Roanoke Times, June 14, 2008]

In 2008, a $225 million lawsuit [28] against NASCAR by disgruntled black employee Mauricia Grant was settled out of court. Liberal sports writers and pundits jumped on the lily-white sport, shocked that in our progressive times the Confederate Flag would still fly proudly at NASCAR events [29].

With a little help from its MainStream Media friends, the NAACP began to demand that the Confederate Battle Flag be banned from NASCAR events. For example:

The good ol’ boys at NASCAR [30] who still wave the Rebel flag are soon going to have to deal with the NAACP [31], which is fighting to end the display of the Confederate symbol from racing events in South Florida.

NAACP officials said they’re reaching out to racing officials to get the ensign banned from the Homestead-Miami [32] Motor Speedway, where many NASCAR events take place.

“We intend to notify NASCAR about the troubling racial discord we have here in Homestead, and we would like their support,” said Rosemary Fuller [33], a longtime member of the Miami-Dade NAACP.

(NAACP wants NASCAR to wave good-bye to the Confederate flag [34] |Officials want Rebel flag banned from Homestead events, NBC Miami, May 21, 2009)

Entering the 2012 season, it has materialized that NASCAR has actually banned the famous car “General Lee” of Dukes of Hazzard fame [35] from being allowed to do a few laps at a race in Phoenix because of its display of the Battle Flag:

When the Dukes of Hazzard was on TV from 1979-85 virtually every episode featured a chase scene of some sort with the show’s trademark car, the General Lee. [36] But now NASCAR has ruled the famous Dodge Charger shouldn’t be seen at any of its races.

Pro golfer Bubba Watson purchased the original General Lee at auction [37] recently, and had been scheduled to drive it on the parade lap before the March 4 Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway. But NASCAR has rescinded the invite, because of the car’s roof has a replica of the Confederate flag, which some fans might consider offensive.

“The image of the Confederate flag is not something that should play an official role in our sport as we continue to reach out to new fans and make NASCAR more inclusive,” NASCAR spokesman David Higdon said in a statement today.

But as anyone who has ever attended a NASCAR event knows, Confederate flags can be seen on many cars and elsewhere in the virtual cities of RVs and campers that surround NASCAR tracks.[Is NASCAR Right to Ban the General Lee or Overreacting [38], By Tom Weir, USA TODAY, February 17, 2012]:

Former Georgia Congressman Ben Jones, who starred in the original Dukes of Hazzard television show, quickly attacked [39] NASCAR for its cowardice. See his press release here. [40]

The intensifying jihad against the Confederate flag is one of the curiosities of America’s current Political Correctness frenzy. Although the flag was considered inoffensive when the TV show was aired in the 1970s, the 2004 Dukes of Hazzard film had Hollywood executives nervous. [Flag Wavering: Adapting ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ Proves Tricky for New Film; Car as Old South Symbol? [41], By John Lippman, Wall Street Journal, December 24, 2004].

(The filmmakers threw in a scene [42] where the Duke Boys are caught in a traffic jam in Atlanta and insulted by Atlantan’s for their flag symbol, and another [43] in which they get coal dust [44] all over them, and almost get beaten up for Being In Blackface [45] While Confederate.)

But that was Hollywood [46]. This is NASCAR. Now the Battle Flag [47]has been banned by a sport whose financial fortune was built upon white Southerners—and without whom there is no reason to suppose it will thrive.

As a symbol of opposition to the soft totalitarianism that is political correctness and the official federal and state policy of coerced diversity, the Confederate flag represents something tangible in 2012—above all to white Southerners. That’s why even the sight of it on the top of the “General Lee” at a NASCAR event must be banned, even if it insults NASCAR’s most devoted fans.

But if you severe the roots of anything, it will die. Even NASCAR.

Even America.

Paul Kersey[Email him [48]] is the author of the blog SBPDL [49], and has published the books SBPDL Year One [50], Hollywood in Blackface [51] and Captain America and Whiteness: The Dilemma of the Superhero [52].

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