News Florida: Pro-Confederate activists Fight to keep Ku Klux Klan Mural at Courthouse

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    Pro-Confederate activists at a rally in Florida over the weekend insisted that a mural of Ku Klux Klansmen in hooded robes should not be removed from the Baker County Courthouse because it was “not a racist thing.”
    Following the removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina statehouse grounds, Jacksonville civil attorney John Phillips argued that the mural in the Baker County Courthouse was stirring up racial division.

    The mural, which greets visitors as they enter the courthouse, features a small vignette with three hooded Klansmen riding horses. Although Eugene Barber, who painted the mural in 2001, has died, he left visitors a guidebook that offers a short explanation for the vignette:

    When the group known as the “Radical Republicans” gained control of the state in 1868, the Reconstruction program took an unpleasant turn. … The reversed order was severely resented by a large segment of the white population. Lawlessness among ex-slaves and troublesome whites was the rule of the day. No relief was given by the carpetbag and scalawag government or by the Union troops. The result was the emergence of secret societies claiming to bring law and order to the county. One of these groups was the Ku Klux Klan, an organization that sometimes took vigilante justice to extremes but was sometimes the only control the county knew over those outside the law. The Klan faded from view at the end of Reconstruction. It had minor come-backs in the 1920’s and mid 1950’s. Since then it has become the subject of legend rather than a cause of fear.



    Phillips said that other images also had dark meanings, including a bird that had been connected to white supremacists and the official flower of the Klan. The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Mark Potok, however, told The Florida Times-Union that all of the images did not support “the idea at all that the mural somehow glorifies white supremacy.”

    As of Friday, almost 2,000 people had signed two petitions calling for the county to move the mural.

    Supporters of the mural showed up with Confederate flags to a rally on Saturday, but organizers said that turnout was not as high as they had hoped.

    Protesters insisted to WJXT that images depicted in the mural were part of their heritage.

    “They got everything all wrong on that,” one man explained. “It’s not a racist thing.”

    “I love it, I do,” he added. “It’s awesome.”

    “I thought it was a bunch of malarkey,” another man said of the effort to remove the mural. “This means history, this is not nothing to do with slavery. It’s our heritage, and that’s the way it should be.”

    “We all stick together. One for all and all for one.”

    Watch the video below from WJXT, broadcast July 18, 2015.
     
  2. Rip mcdivvit

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    I'm sorry...heh...I find it HILLLLLARIOUS that people are all outraged about this NOW. I for one believe something offensive like that should never have been on a wall in a courthouse. But this makes my point about how dumb the Democrat masses are. One guy goes and kills 9 innocent blacks and all the sudden it's like "Oh yeah that thing! We've always been against that!" Just like the Washington redskins thing. All the sudden it's allll sooo offensive. But 5 years ago it was perfectly fine. Shame on these idiots for being late in the game on their fake outrage.
     
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    At what point does someone not just quietly decide to take that thing down? How has it been there for so long?
     
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    It actually doesn't bother me. It's part of a dark history, we should not forget about it. What is that old saying?

    Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it
     
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    It should never have been there. The Klan imo, much like the New Black Panther party, are anti American.
     
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    we need to ban The Ramones. oh yeah, they're all dead
     
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    Florida and Texas need to have a battle to see which state has more lunatics. Every time I think Texas has no equal, Florida steps up to the plate swinging for the fences.
     
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    Hey :no:
     
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    Then have pictures of real events. Not something that honors hate. Just like those garbage murals at Denver International.
     
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    I do find it amusing that they say it has nothing to do with racism :jj:

    Really? the KKK has nothing to do with racism? :jj:
     
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    They are?!
     
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    You're to Texas what Marilyn is to The Munsters.
     
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    I went to the museum of American History, in DC, and I remember seeing to mannequins dressed in KKK clothing.

    I think they were trying to shock people into believing what a racist country merica is.
     
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    I'm so sick of the racist crap in this country. I think it's all divide and conquer when Americans need to come together more than ever right now. The establishment wants whites and blacks to hate each other.
     
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    I don't know whether to take that as a shot or a compliment :no:

    are you saying I wear high heels? :no:
     
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    They're just good ole Americans wearing hoods to hide their identities because they like doing their charity work anonymously.
     
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    Florida crazies come from up north.

    Get a hold of their news letter and tell them to stop coming here.

    TIA.
     
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    except Marky

    and CJ, if you want to count him