RETURN THE FIRST CONFEDERATE FLAG TO ITS RIGHTFUL PLACE IN PENSACOLA'S FIVE-FLAGS DISPLAYS
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On June 24, 2015, Republican Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward censored the First Confederate Flag from Pensacola's Five-Flags Displays. He did this without the consent of his constituents.
Mayor Hayward stated, in a press release:
"While the Confederate Flag undeniably represents a part of Pensacola's history, to many it is a painful symbol of racial hatred and intolerance."
Mayor Hayward didn't mention that the "Confederate Flag" he had censored was not the Confederate Battle Flag---but the First Confederate Flag.
On June 25, 2015, Escambia County Democratic Women's Club President Dianne Krumel made this demand of the Escambia County Commission:
"I understand the flags are down, but I want to make it permanent. I don't want any chance of those flags going back up."
All five members of the Escambia County Commission---Republican Doug Underhill, Republican Grover C. Robinson IV, Republican Steven Barry, Republican Wilson Robertson (whose seat is now occupied by Republican Jeff Bergosh), and Democrat Lumon May---gave in to Dianne Krumel's demand, and chose to keep the First Confederate Flag censored from Pensacola's Five-Flags Displays. They did this without the consent of their constituents---including me.
This government-imposed censorship of the First Confederate Flag, from our historical flags displays, continues---without our consent.
The petition letter reads:
MAYOR HAYWARD AND ESCAMBIA COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS: RETURN THE FIRST CONFEDERATE FLAG TO ITS RIGHTFUL PLACE IN PENSACOLA'S FIVE-FLAGS DISPLAYS.
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