A passionate plea from legal expert Connie Chastain
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"There is a situation in the making that could shut down public support/demonstrations, etc., for Confederate flags and monuments, etc. In short, it could shut down Southern heritage activities, period, and begin the total erasure of Confederate heritage from the South.
Remember the incident (with video) back in July where people in pickup trucks with Confederate flags "crashed" a child's birthday party in Georgia? That incident has just resulted in Douglas County grand jury indictments against fifteen members of a Facebook group, Respect the Flag, for gang terrorism.
Look at it again, folks.
INDICTMENTS. For gang TERRORISM.
Video of the incident appears to show, at worst, disorderly conduct on the part of both the pick-up truck flaggers and those attending the party. But the truckers have been charged with gang TERRORISM.
The DA on the case is Brian Fortner. The Georgia law cited in the indictments is relatively new, and probably needs to be challenged in court ... but not with our folks! Even if it is thrown out, just the prosecution and negative publicity will serve to drive many people away from our movement, and we need every warm body we can get.
We must mobilize now to fight this tooth and nail. This is far more serious than taking down flags and moving statues. This is an attack on our PEOPLE using the power of the state.
It goes without saying that if these fellows actually did this -- terrorize somebody -- they should be censured by heritage folks, but the notion of prosecution for TERRORISM must be challenged and defeated, regardless. Removed flags are nails in the coffin. Prosecution and conviction, especially if trumped up, ARE the coffin.
I am compiling all the info I have on this situation as of now, and I'm sending it to a few key leaders in our movement who can then pass it on to those they think need to know and can help.
We need to be careful in our response, and careful who we seek help from. I love our passionate Southern men and women, but some of us don't think before we open our mouths (and I have to admit, some of us seem to not care what we say). This is far too important to blow it off with flippancy or to exacerbate with slurs or other negative responses.
The war on our heritage, which has frequently reached the level of infuriating, as suddenly become far worse for heritage supporters. Be aware that the ante for honoring your Confederate ancestors and their symbols has just gone up to a grave and terrifying level."
We're just going to leave this all here:
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Did they just say racial slurs? Uh-oh... Do you think they mean this:
"The convoy drove across the property where the party was being held and parked nearby. Witnesses told the SPLC that men got out of their trucks, brandished weapons and yelled racial slurs and threats. According to the witnesses, a few people yelled “fuck y’all niggers” and “shoot ‘em.” When someone from the party said, “There are kids here,” a person from the convoy yelled, “We’ll shoot those bastards, too.”"
Restoring the honor!