During the Jacksonville Jaguars game at TIAA Bank Field on Sunday, a group defiantly flew a banner from a plane displaying a Confederate flag that also read, “Put monuments back.” As might be expected, the incident caused unfettered outrage among leftists.
(Video Credit: First Coast News)
The not-for-profit Save Southern Heritage group commissioned a plane to fly over the field as the Jaguars were playing against the Baltimore Ravens. This game was evidently chosen in order to make a statement to both teams’ cities after removing statues of Confederate figures, according to the Washington Examiner.
The group issued a statement concerning the removal of the monuments that read, “In Jacksonville, Mayor Lenny Curry, in the middle of the night on June 9, 2020, desecrated the historic Hemming Plaza Cenotaph by removing the elements of the memorial in knee jerk cancel culture reaction to the George Floyd death. Curry, following in the footsteps of Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh removed four historic memorials in her city in 2017. Pugh was later convicted of fraud, conspiracy and tax charges and sentenced to three years in prison.”
The non-profit group conducted a poll and claimed that 75 percent of the city was opposed to the removal of Confederate Veteran War Memorials. The survey did not include how the poll broke down in numbers or the margin of error.
“This is a Thanksgiving gift to the people of these cities who are suffering under these cancel culture tyrants,” Kirk Lyons, a spokesman for Save Southern Heritage commented. “A lot of these monument removals have been castigated as leader monuments to white supremacy, which is complete and utter nonsense. These are works of art that belong to the public, not to elected officials.”
Plane flying banner with Confederate flag and “put monuments back” above Jacksonville #Jaguars stadium today ahead of game. This comes about a month after someone projected antisemitic messages at GA-FL game. @wjxt4 https://t.co/8WHaCF8LOv
— Vic Micolucci WJXT (@WJXTvic) November 27, 2022
“We are letting the tyrannical government officials know that the people will not be ignored,” Lyons added.
“As I’ve said before, there is no place for hate of any kind in our City,” Jacksonville’s Republican Mayor Lenny Curry tweeted, expressing his anger over the message. “My position on monuments remains clear, I have allocated money for removal and empowered city council to take action.”
As I’ve said before, there is no place for hate of any kind in our City. My position on monuments remains clear, I have allocated money for removal and empowered city council to take action.
— Lenny Curry (@lennycurry) November 27, 2022
Curry’s proposed budget of $500,000 to remove the remaining Confederate monuments in Jacksonville was soundly rejected by the city council earlier this year. Since becoming mayor he’s successfully removed one Confederate soldier monument across from city hall and has changed the name of the park.
The group Take Em Down Jax, which advocates for the removal of the Confederate statues, claims the city has been dragging its feet.
“I’ve said to city council that it is very disrespectful and insulting to the black community, that we have to keep going over this over and over again. If you’re against canceling white supremacy and racism, then I think you need to examine your beliefs,” Wells Todd, Take Em Down Jax spokesperson, remarked according to News4Jax.
Save Southern Heritage was established in 2015 in response to then-Republican Gov. Nikki Haley’s efforts to similarly remove monuments and memorials to the Confederacy.
There was support for the banner on social media:
Proud to be a member of such an amazing group!
— NJflaggers (@NJflaggers) November 28, 2022
History is for you to learn from not approve of and it belongs to all of us. If do not learn from history then you are doomed to repeat it. Only childish ignorant fools try to destroy it.
— Debiswitty (@debiswitty1) November 28, 2022
There’s some balls.
Something a liberal will never have.
— Straight Shooter (@CreepyB4by) November 28, 2022
I’m proud of my heritage! John Singleton Mosby, The Gray Ghost was my great uncle. He was against slavery but fought for the Confederate States of America, his country. I have every reason to be proud of that.
— Lelia Russell (@lelia1951) November 28, 2022
Hooray for the pilot. He’s probably proud of his confederate ancestors. He has that right.
— MAGA007 (@DeplorableBrat) November 28, 2022
Dont look at it if it bothers you
— eno (@eno08297085) November 27, 2022
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