A black Democrat mayor takes a stand AGAINST removing Confederate flags; here’s why

San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor

San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor / Source: BuzzPo

She’s not going to be bullied.

A lonely voice of reason was heard in Texas last week — one that wasn’t infected by the national hysteria to wipe all vestige of of the Confederacy from the South after the tragic mass shooting at a traditionally-black Charleston, S.C. church.

And it came from an African-American — and a Democrat — and a woman.

San Antonio Councilman Alan E. Warrick II sent an interdepartmental memo Wednesday asking that city’s mayor to appoint a task force to inventory all Confederate flags, monuments and statues in public areas.

“It often takes an unspeakable tragedy to perpetuate changes in policy and customs of society,” he wrote in the memo. ”We are currently seeing this unfold in communities and states across the nation.”

And his knee-jerk reaction is to follow the other lemmings off the cliff in an effort to destroy any trace of Confederate history.

“I do not believe the vast majority of residents who support Confederate flags or monuments have hate in their hearts,” Warwick admitted. But he added, “The fact that some of these symbols are utilized by hate groups to harass and intimidate should be enough to give us pause.”

Mayor Ivy Taylor wasn’t buying into it, however. On the following day, she released this statement, according to Fox San Antonio:

“Slavery and the Civil War are part of the American legacy. For more than 200 years we’ve been trying to fully realize the revolutionary premise of democracy: all men are created equal.

Selectively erasing pieces of our past may make it more comfortable for us today but it also makes it easier for many to ignore the historic struggles of Blacks and other minorities in this country, a struggle for equality that continues today.

She concluded that “It is offensive to use the rebel battle flag as a symbol of a city or state but it is also offensive to pretend that Texas was never a slave state or that racism has played no role in our history for the past 150 years.”

In his farewell address to the nation delivered January 11, 1989, the late President Ronald Reagan talked about the importance of preserving and cherishing our national history.

“If we forget what we did, we won’t know who we are,” he said.

The mayor understands this. The councilman does not.

H/T: BuzzPo

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326 thoughts on “A black Democrat mayor takes a stand AGAINST removing Confederate flags; here’s why

  1. BlackBeaver says:

    Mayor Taylor, you’ve said in just a few, simple words what I have been trying unsuccessfully to say about this ‘controversy’. Thank you! It really isn’t about the Confederate flag, it is about destroying our past. The past- the good and the bad- makes us who we are today.

  2. Gregor Samosa says:

    Your enemy. Like I said: adorable.

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