After the Mother Emmanuel AME Church Massacre in Charleston-South Carolina, where 9 African American worshipers were killed earlier this year, (by Dylan Roof, an European American) a fervent effort has been made to remove the last remaining visible vestige of the Jim Crow Postbellum (and Antebellum South) Dixieland. The Confederate War Flag is a prolific symbol south of the Mason-Dixon line, which its defenders associate with Southern Heritage. However, in South Carolina, the state where the Massacre occurred, the governor, Nikki Haley, an East Indian-American signed a bill to remove the Confederate Flag; Well, today South Carolina officially lowered the Confederate War flag for the last time.
Yesterday, July 9, 2015, in Gainesville, Florida crowds gathered near a Confederate Statue. The opponents and the supporters protested about the Confederate Soldiers Monument, despite the difference of opinions the event remained peaceful.
I wonder what will be challenged next?
Will it be the Florida State Song, Old Folks At Home, aka Swanee River, which mentions a Plantation and Darkies?
Or, will it be the official name of Rhode Island?
The official name of the State is Rhode Island and the Providence Plantations. In 2010, a name change was proposed and an amendment was placed on the State's ballot, but the measure was defeated.
Besides, all these amazing recent developments, my greatest doubt is:
When will they remove the Albert Pike Monument in Washington? The Statue I mention is pictured above on the header of this post.
- The Albert Pike Statue is located at 3rd and D Streets, N.W. in downtown Washington, D.C. It is administered by the National Park Service.
- Albert Pike (December 29, 1809 – April 2, 1891) was an American attorney, Confederate officer, writer, founder of the KKK and Freemason.
- A 33rd degree Mason, he was one of the founding fathers, and head of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, being the Grand Commander of North American Freemasonry from 1859 and retained that position until his death in 1891.