Tracie shot the video above as we protested the Confederate Memorial of the Wind in Orange, Texas yesterday. The man ranting at us was one of just a handful of people who expressed their disapproval of our protest. The overwhelming number of passersby gave us the thumbs up or stopped to share a kind word.
But the Confederate memorial supporter who threatened us is indicative of the people who oppose our efforts.
The video speaks for itself.
You can read more about our efforts on the blog we’ve created to document our campaign, RepurposeMemorial.com.
Despite the pleas of the Orange, Texas city council, local business and religious leaders, the Sons of Confederate Veteran are now displaying Confederate flags at the site, which is located on the Interstate 10 feeder road at Martin Luther King Dr. You’ll note that the Texas flag is also flown with the Confederate flags.
This weekend also marked the debut of the billboard (below) that we crowd-funded there.
It will appear there for a month. Our heartfelt thanks go out to everyone who helped us publish the billboard. We have plans to run another ad in the weeks running up to Martin Luther King Day (January 21, 2019). I’ll be posting our new GoFundMe next week (please contribute and/or share if you can).
Like the man in the video, many of those who oppose our efforts cite “history” as a reason for the memorial to be there, in such a conspicuous location.
We have no issue with history or heritage. There is a place for both in our society.
But this isn’t about history or heritage. It’s about displaying socially unacceptable iconography so publicly (and in manner that makes it appear an “official” representation of the community). It’s about flying the Confederate flag over one of the gateways of a community that is half black. Many of the residents of Orange — white and black — are old enough to remember Jim Crow there. Even more of them are old enough to remember the racist terrorism there in the 1980s and 90s. Too many of them know all to well about the racist aggression that still exists there today.
Why do Tracie and I spend a chilly southeast Texas Saturday protesting the monument? Ask the man in the video…
Thanks for your support and solidarity. Please look out for our next GoFundMe campaign. And please join us for our next protest (December) if you can.