Black mayor turns heads when he makes April Confederate History Month with proclamation

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The mayor of Livingston, TN has signed a proclamation acknowledging the month of April as Confederate History Month in the small town that lies east of the capital city of Nashville.

Mayor Curtis Hayes met with several members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans for the signing ceremony earlier this month.

A caption with a photo of the ceremony reads:

A contingent of compatriots with Sons of Confederate Veterans, Myers-Zollicoffer Camp 1990 recently met with Livingston City Mayor Curtis Hayes for the signing of a proclamation designating April 2022 as Confederate History Month in the Town of Livingston and urging all citizens to avail themselves of the opportunities to increase their knowledge of this important era of Tennessee’s history. On hand for Mayor Hayes’ signing are, from left, Norman Osburn, Michael Boswell, Junior Matthews, Bill Speck, Bill Heard, and Tommy Phillips.

 

Confederate Memorial Day is a holiday observed in many southern states, usually in the month of April, and done to honor the estimated 258,000 Confederate lives lost in the U.S. Civil War. While it is an official state holiday in Alabama, Mississippi, and South Carolina, it is instead only commemorated in Tennessee (where it is called Confederate Decoration Day) North Carolina, and Kentucky, as well as Texas and Florida (where it is called Confederate Heroes Day.)

Be that as it may, only seven states have formally declared – either through proclamation or through legislation – a designation of Confederate History Month in their states. Those states are Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, and Virginia.

In the case of Mississippi, in 2016, then-Governor Phil Bryant proclaimed April to be Confederate Heritage Month in the state, but as the Jackson Free Press noted at the time, the proclamation did not appear on the state’s website. Rather, Bryant’s proclamation appears only on the website for the Mississippi Sons of Confederate Veterans and came two weeks before Mississippi legislators would kill 19 state flag bills that sought to remove the symbol of the Confederate era.

The proclamation states that it is “important for all Americans to reflect upon our nation’s past” and “to gain insight from our mistakes and successes,” reported the Free Press. It further said we must “earnestly strive to understand and appreciate our heritage and our opportunities which lie before us.”

BPR reported at the time that, although Confederate symbols have come under fire in recent years, Gov. Bryant refused to take a position on changing the flag, which he said remains in the hands of voters.

“Like his predecessors — both Republican and Democrat — who issued similar proclamations, Gov. Bryant believes Mississippi’s history deserves study and reflection, no matter how unpleasant or complicated parts of it may be,” said Clay Chandler, a spokesman for Bryant, according to the Free Press.

“Like the proclamation says, gaining insight from our mistakes and successes will help us move forward,” he said.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans website states that the organization “shall be strictly patriotic, historical, educational, fraternal, benevolent, non-political, non-racial and non-sectarian. The Sons of Confederate Veterans neither embraces, nor espouses acts or ideologies of racial and religious bigotry, and further, condemns the misuse of its sacred symbols and flags in the conduct of same.”

The fact that Livingston Mayor Curtis Hayes is black garnered mixed reactions on Twitter as it appeared to enrage some users and discombobulate many others.

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E Bailey
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E Bailey
1 month ago

Yes, history sucks in many ways, but the key word is “HISTORY”. The Confederate Constitution protected & allowed for the extension of slavery. But, the horrors of slavery were extend by the democrats. They are the party of lynchings, segregation, Jim Crow laws (poll tax, literacy test & fear) & hate. The democrats’ KKK lynched 3,446 blacks & 1,297 whites between 1882 to “”1964″”. They voted against “EVERY” civil rights legislation & amendment since the civil war. WAKE up America !!!!! All liberals out there are democrats. Wake Up, the historical truth is out there and very easy to find, read & understand. The democrat party must become another page in the history books.

Spherical
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Spherical
1 month ago

Maybe because he has done his own research and knows the war wasn’t fought to keep or free slaves. Deo Vindice.

edward
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edward
1 month ago
Reply to  Spherical

It’s about time I heard someone who knows the truth!!!
It’s ashamed they dont teach that in school anymore.

jetdawg
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jetdawg
1 month ago

You can’t change history! It is what it is! Only a moron would think otherwise!

Billy
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Billy
1 month ago

wow. he made liberal heads explode. I love that man

Ewell Besahri
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Ewell Besahri
1 month ago

Confederate History Month should go heavy on the democRATs’ contributions to slavery. It should also go heavy on their continued efforts to keep blacks “enslaved” through welfare programs designed to keep them “indebted” to the party of slavery.

Last edited 1 month ago by Ewell Besahri
odiebodie
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odiebodie
1 month ago

Funny how democrats cry they want history acknowledged but when it is cry about it. Worse they want to pretend they had nothing to do with slavery ever, when in fact they were the ones who were slaves owners and long time supporters. Including the head clown who voted against measures to help blacks throughout his entire career and the only reason his tune has changed is because he’s being told too, to accommodate progressives.

Raymiller
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Raymiller
1 month ago

Democrats created this mess and it’s the Democrats who have used blacks to win elections decade after decade. It is they who brought the blacks here and used them as slaves, it is the Democrats who started a war to keep slaves and it is the Democrats who continue to use the blacks for their own benefit, with lies and broken promises.

HOTA
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HOTA
1 month ago

Here is a man that can look past the color of a person’s skin and understand that this is a part of American History and it can’t be dodged by anyone. It doesn’t matter whether this period of time was good, bad, or indifferent, it’s our history and it is a shared history that all blacks, whites, and other races need to acknowledge and accept. Cutting and gutting it out of sight will not change what happened. I applaud this man, kudos brother, kudos.

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