Celebrities call for removal of Confederate emblem from Mississippi flag

by FOXNews.com  |  published on August 17, 2015

A Confederate battle is brewing in Mississippi.

A cadre of athletes, authors, actors, musicians, business leaders and judges signed a letter calling for the removal of the Confederate insignia from the state’s flag. The letter appeared in a full-page ad in Sunday’s Clarion-Ledger newspaper.

Mississippi’s state flag features three stripes, of red, white and blue, with the Confederate emblem in the top left corner.

  • carpkiller

    How about removing hollywood completly? They should mind there own business.

  • marshmil

    “Celebrities” are the least qualified to make decisions like this. They are professional entertainers…the live and work in a world of fantasy which is good as it serves a useful purpose. But they are not qualified to pronounce judgement about decisions and preferences of other people.

  • donemyhomework

    The flag is part of history…leave it alone.

    • marshmil

      It is St. Andrews Cross. It has nothing to do with slavery except in the warped minds of a few people.

  • Luke

    Long live Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee God bless their souls..To hell with the haters//

  • reggie

    If they don’t live in MS, they need to shut the heel up.

  • teaman

    So, why are we listening to celebrities? Oh, I know, media loves to butt kiss there fame and money! Here is the history truth about Dixie and the Confederate Flag and the Civil War;
    (Blacks have a wonderful history in the development of our Nation and they should be proud instead of hate filled. Were there exceptions as to how Blacks were treated, of course they were. But that does not define us as a Nation and hate will NEVER rectify anything)

    RACE BAITERS: Don’t Want You To Know This About Black History

    Talking heads fill our TV screens as they continue to enumerate the offenses
    white Americans have committed from slavery to Jim Crow.

    a false narrative has been embedded in the minds of Americans. The
    nation is suffering from false memory syndrome. Our ancestors, we
    believe, raided peaceful African villages, bopped innocent Africans
    on the head, then led them in chains to slave ships. Once in America
    we imagine wealthy white plantation owners forcing hordes of black
    slaves to pick cotton in the hot summer sun twelve months out of the

    The narrative is so well ingrained in our thinking that its seem almost sacrilegious to question it.

    Nonetheless, facts are stubborn and data takes precedence over anecdotes.

    Here are thirteen things most Americans don’t know about black history.

    1. America’s first black military officers served the Confederacy.

    In 1861 about 1,500 free blacks in New Orleans answered Gov. Thomas
    Overton Moore’s call to serve the Confederate army. The new
    enlistees were garnered at a meeting called by ten prominent black
    residents. About 2,000 blacks attended the meeting on April 22,
    located at the Catholic Institute. The new regiment was formed May 2.

    Considering there were
    about 10,000 free blacks of both genders and all ages living in the
    Louisiana in 1861, the large number of black enlistees speaks to
    the loyalty of blacks to the Confederacy. It can be estimated that
    as many as half of all free black males between the ages of 15 and
    50 enlisted.

    The governor appointed
    three white officers to oversee the regiment. They were accompanied
    by three black officers appointed from the regiment. These became
    the first black military officers in American history.

    2. The first legally recognized slave owner in American history was black.

    Anthony Johnson came to
    the American colonies in August, 1619 as an indentured servant. In
    1623 Johnson had completed his indenture and was recognized as a
    free negro. In 1651 he acquired 250 acres of land in Virginia,
    later adding another 250 acres; a sizable holding at the time.

    John Casor, a black
    indentured servant employed by Johnson, became what historians have
    long considered to be America’s first slave. His enslavement
    resulted from a legal dispute between Johnson and Robert Parker.
    Parker was a white colonist who employed Casor while Casor was
    still indentured to Johnson. Johnson sued Parker in Northampton
    Court in 1654. The court upheld Johnson’s right to hold Casor as
    a slave on March 8, 1655. The court found:

    The court
    seriously consideringe and maturely weighing the premisses, doe
    fynde that the saide Mr. Robert Parker most unjustly keepeth the
    said Negro from Anthony Johnson his master … It is therefore the
    Judgement of the Court and ordered That the said John Casor Negro
    forthwith returne unto the service of the said master Anthony
    Johnson, And that Mr. Robert Parker make payment of all charges in
    the suit.

    Five years later, in 1670,
    the colonial assembly passed legislation permitting blacks and
    Indians the right to own slaves of their own race, but prohibiting
    them from owning White slaves.

    (In July, 2012, supporters
    of Barack Obama considered it politically advantageous to advance
    the notion that John Punch was the first slave of African descent
    in the American colonies. Obama is suspected of being a descendant
    of Punch through Obama’s maternal lineage.)

    3. Free blacks commonly owned black slaves in the antebellum South.

    Henry Louis Gates of the
    White House “Beer Summit” fame said, “This is the dirtiest
    secret in African American history. A surprisingly high percentage
    of free Negros in the South owned slaves themselves.” [Source]

    There were thousands of black slave owners in the South.

    In 1830 there
    were 3,775 such slaveholders in the South who owned 12,740 black
    slaves, with 80% of them located in Louisiana, South Carolina,
    Virginia, and Maryland. There were economic differences between
    free blacks of the Upper South and Deep South, with the latter
    fewer in number, but wealthier and typically of mixed race. Half of
    the black slaveholders lived in cities rather than the countryside,
    with most in New Orleans and Charleston.

    To write extensively about blacks who owned slaves in the antebellum South would require a library of full volumes. Black slave owners: free Black slave masters in South Carolina, 1790-1860 by Larry Koger is one such volume.

    Koger tells of Richard
    Holloway, Sr., a black carpenter who purchased his African cousins
    as slave labor. Cato was the name of one of his slaves. Cato
    remained in Holloway’s possession throughout the 1830s and ’40s,
    according to Koger, until he was sold to his son, Richard Holloway,
    Jr., in 1845. Cato died in 1851 and the younger Holloway replaced
    him with the purchase of a 16 -year-old black male.

    Koger says there were ten black slave owners in Charleston City, SC in 1830.

    4. In 1860 the largest slave owner in South Carolina was William Ellison, a black plantation owner.

    Ellison was one of many free blacks who, themselves, owned black slave labor.

    In 1830 there were about 319,599 free blacks living in the United States. That same year there were 12,740 slaves owned by blacks

    Black Property Owners in the South, 1790-1915, by Loren Schweninger is another excellent source for accurate history detailing the life in the antebellum South.

    5. Without black African slave owners there would have been no slavery in America.

    Henry Louis Gates enraged
    his base in 2010 by strongly opposing reparations to blacks.
    According to Gates the slave trade was almost wholly the result of
    black slave owners selling their human wares to Europeans.

    He wrote:

    While we are all
    familiar with the role played by the United States and the European
    colonial powers like Britain, France, Holland, Portugal and Spain,
    there is very little discussion of the role Africans themselves
    played. And that role, it turns out, was a considerable one,
    especially for the slave-trading kingdoms of western and central
    Africa. These included the Akan of the kingdom of Asante in what is
    now Ghana, the Fon of Dahomey (now Benin), the Mbundu of Ndongo in
    modern Angola and the Kongo of today’s Congo, among several

    The historians John Thornton and Linda Heywood of Boston University estimate that 90 percent of those shipped to the New World were enslaved by Africans and then sold to European traders. The sad truth is that without
    complex business partnerships between African elites and European
    traders and commercial agents, the slave trade to the New World
    would have been impossible, at least on the scale it
    occurred.[Emphasis added]

    The notion of White
    European raiding parties descending on unsuspecting African
    villages is a gross distortion of reality. Not only does the
    historical record argue against White raiding parties, but such
    parties would have been costly and inefficient compared to
    purchasing Africans already held in slavery. White slave traders
    would not endure the risk related to such incursions. Furthermore,
    Africans already held as slaves would be less willing to resist,
    particularly among those whose African owners were brutal and
    abusive enemies.

    Gates noted on another
    occasion that the importance of David Livingstone’s disappearance
    into black Africa was significant because White people never
    ventured beyond the coasts. The prospect of disease and other
    unanticipated dangers compelled them not to embark on slave-hunting

    According to the report of
    Joseph Cinque’s testimony in court, New York Journal of Commerce
    (10th January, 1840), the leader of the famed Amistad slave ship
    rebellion was originally taken captive by Africans, not Europeans.

    It is widely rumored that Cinque, himself, became a slave trader after his return to Africa.

    6. Blacks, including slaves, were allowed to own property in the antebellum

    The ‘rent-a-slave’
    concept may grate against our contemporary moral sensitivities, but
    owners of black slaves often found it economically reasonable to
    earn extra income by renting idle slaves. We also may find it
    surreal to learn that slaves often rented themselves. This allowed
    them to live autonomous lives to varying degrees, depending on the
    rental agreement arranged with their owners.

    Mary Ann Wyatt is a
    quintessential example of a self-rented slave. She was a Virginian
    slave who rented herself (and her five children) for $45 per year
    for ten years. During this time Wyatt established an oyster retail
    business. Each week she would travel sixteen miles to the
    Rappahannock River and buy two baskets of oysters which she sold on
    the town square to local residents in King and Queen County. Wyatt
    earned enough profit to purchase properties including a rental

    Southern states enacted
    laws to regulate the activities of self-rented or otherwise
    autonomous slaves. This was due to concern that autonomous slaves
    would outbid freemen, including whites, for freelance work, such as
    construction. There was also concern that autonomous slaves would
    resell untraceable stolen property. This prompted free Southerners
    to press for limitations on what autonomous slaves were allowed to
    sell. Many whites favored the concept of autonomous slaves,
    believing it encouraged personal responsibility among blacks.

    Kenn Daily is the
    publisher of DailyKenn.com. Now 62 years old, Kenn formed his
    conservative views at the age of 14 and was an early member of
    Young Americans for Freedom. He is a vociferous anti-racist but
    sets himself apart from most conservatives by refusing to be
    bullied into silence regarding racial issue. Violent black crime is
    a signature issue of his website.

    • reggie

      Excellent, thank you.

  • disqus_tKlEuAw2uq

    Tell them all to go to H and keep the flag

  • Graywolf12

    I guess none of them were well enough educated to know there were totally black units that fought for the South. If you do not live there mind your own business. History is what happened, not what you wished had or had not happened. We are bound to pass it on as truthfully as possible, and not revise it.

  • jerry young

    just who do these so called celebrities think they are? do you really listen to them? their just another ordinary person that gets dressed the same as everyone else, their opinion shouldn’t hold any more weight than anyone else, so what they make a living off of entertainment, farmers make a living off growing food, people in the pest control industry that catches rats for a living or the trash man that collects your garbage doesn’t put their opinion in the spotlight and neither should it for entertainers, their not gods, not political leaders who most are liars anyway, and certainly not spokesmen for the public even though they think they are, it seams that most entertainers are more riddled with scandal and drug abuse than the average person so why does their opinion matter? I watch TV and movies just for entertainment not for the entertainers personal views!

    • Terry Rushing

      I would like to see a list of the “famous ones” who wish to impose their thinking on others. I suspect it is a sort of “power game” with them to see what they can do and nothing more. In any event, all who embarked on that course will get the same treatment that I give Rosie O’Donnell and Jane Fonda. I do not and will not watch any program in which “Rosie” appears after her attack on Selleck. (Neither have I darkened the doors of KMart, who she was making adds for) since. Ditto Jane; I do not watch movies, old or new in which she appears.

    • marshmil

      Beautifully said jerry young. You put it right where it belongs. Thank you

  • So sad to see one of my favorite people fall for this stupidity these Leftist Fecal Maggots are forcing on our society! I certainly thought Jimmy Buffett was a better person than that! When will these spoiled Rich realize they lose fans when they open their mouths! I am 63 years old and never, in my entire life, owned anything with a Confederate Flag or symbol on it. But when Leftists prove their stupidity by attacking things that have long not represented what they claim, then it will sell like hotcakes! I buy everything I can find with the symbol! Only had a pee shooter all my life too, although I served many a year in the military and loved weapons, just never thought about it, until the Leftist Idiots started their deranged flapping, now I have an entire Armory, lol! Only thing the Left is good at is selling items they hate, lol!

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