League of the South & Council of Conservative Citizens Host Joint ‘Stand with Tom Watson’ Rally in Atlanta

by William Flowers over at Arise our Nation

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On Saturday November 23, 2013 at the State Capitol building in Atlanta, the League of the South and the Council of Conservative Citizens hosted a joint ’Stand With Tom Watson Rally’.  The purpose of the event was to voice displeasure and show public opposition to a recent executive order signed by Governor Nathan Deal which authorizes the removal of the historic Tom Watson statute from its current position of prominence near the front entrance of the Capitol.  Governor Deal claims the statue is a ‘safety issue’ which will impede future renovations, however, it seems much more likely that this is yet another example of caving to pressures applied by Cultural Marxists and leftist political organizations.  Not surprisingly, the news of the upcoming removal of Tom Watson’s statue has raised cheers of victory from Representative Tyrone Brooks, a man who would like to fancy himself a popular advocate of the people of Georgia, but who seems to have nothing but shameful disdain and hatred for the historic legacy of their greatest leaders, as evidenced by his own words.  The following statement reveals that Rep. Brooks sees no problem with statues of historical figures adorning the Capitol grounds, so long as none of them serve to honor Southern Folk of European descent, as that would be seen as ‘offensive’:

“We are elated by the proposed removal of the Tom Watson statue and we would like to see the statues of Sen. Richard Russell, Gov. Eugene Talmadge, and Confederate General John B. Gordon also removed from the State Capitol, as well as all the other statues which we consider offensive,” said Representative Brooks. “I link the removal of the Watson statue to the victory in the removal of the 1956 Georgia State Flag. But this is not the end of the situation or the problem. We must continue to petition the Governor and other state leaders that these old racist artifacts must be not only removed from the grounds of the Georgia State Capitol, but replaced by African-American, Native American, and Asian American monuments which represent the Georgia of today.”

The demonstration began shortly after 10:00 am with the arrival of our protesters who met and greeted one another in front of the statue, assembled flag poles, distributed signs and prepared for participation in the day’s event.  Soon after I arrived and began assembling the flag poles on which we would hoist the Southern Nationalist flags, I was approached by Joeff Davis, an Atlanta-based photojournalist reporting for Creative Loafing who also petitioned for the removal of the statue, and asked if I would like to speak about the purpose of the demonstration.  I then allowed Mr. Davis a brief interview in which I answered several of his questions, discussed Tom Watson, and explained the Southern Nationalist position regarding the removal and de-legitimization of our historic symbols.  As the interview drew to a close, our protesters were beginning to take up their positions in the line and readying to officially begin the demonstration.  The overwhelming enthusiasm that permeated the atmosphere was generated by the sincere and fervent desire of our Folk to publicly and proudly stand up against the forces of political correctness and Cultural Marxism.  It is certainly no exaggeration to say that the air was electrified with a profoundly Southern ’esprit de corps’ and it seemed as though a peculiar, bold camaraderie and mutual respect had been forged very early on between the various demonstrators united in common cause.

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There were a total of 13 protesters from all over the South who came out to show support and participate in the demonstration.  It was apparent that these individuals had finally tired of witnessing the continuous mainstream assaults upon their heritage and history and were now resolved to take a firm stand.  Whatever may have seemed to be lacking in overall numbers was certainly compensated for by the over-arching self-confidence expressed in the conviction of their motives.  For some of the activists involved, this occasion would mark the first time they had taken to the streets in order to protest a controversial issue, but for others it was merely a continuation of consistent activism stemming from the recent League of the South protests against ‘Southern demographic displacement’ held in Uvalda/Vidalia, GA and Murfreesboro/Shelbyville, TN.

The protesters initially situated themselves in front of the Tom Watson statue, which was protected by metal barricades erected by Capitol police, but eventually moved their protest line forward to the plaza steps that overlooked the sidewalk on Washington Street.  There was very little vehicle traffic in the area and only a few people walking along the sidewalks, however, our presence was well received and even warranted several supportive “honks” from passers-by.  There were also several photographers pacing on the sidewalk in front of the protesters and taking many photos of the protest line and SN flags.  Several of the journalists on hand were stopping individuals walking down the sidewalk and asking for their thoughts and opinions regarding the demonstration.  As the event continued several members of the group moved further down the sidewalk towards the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Washington Street.  Brad Griffin, accompanied also by Scott Terry, was then approached by Joeff Davis and asked to also give an interview for Creative Loafing, a request that was met with approval.

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Throughout the demonstration the Capitol police stood in force behind the metal barricades, numbering nearly 15 officers in all, and acted very professionally, courteously and friendly towards our protesters.  Their task of observing the event and maintaining peace and order was simplified due to the fact that we encountered no opposition desiring to counter-protest.  Fostering good relations with the local police has been a calling card of the League of the South during past demonstrations, and in this case it was no different.  There was, however, a moment of excitement nearing the end of our demonstration.  Five minutes before the expiration of our permit we began re-assembling near the statue in order to disassemble the flag poles, collect our belongings, and prepare for departure, when suddenly a loud shout arose from behind us, “Hey!”.  We all immediately turned to see who was shouting and to our surprise it was one of the Capitol police who was now running with several of his fellow officers towards a fight that had broken out across the street from our location in front of the Presbyterian church.  The assailant and victim were both homeless black men who apparently knew no other course of action to settle their current dispute other than a fist fight.  The police quickly dealt with the incident and made arrests.

Our demonstration was certainly successful from the standpoint of showing public opposition to the removal of Tom Watson’s statue and also garnering local media attention for our cause.  Unlike the previous League of the South demonstrations in Georgia and Tennessee however, vehicle and foot traffic was extremely limited in the area designated for the event, and this factor alone greatly assisted in stifling our plans to disseminate as much pro-southern literature as possible.  Barring this setback, the day’s event went exactly as planned and helped to foster a renewed spirit of resistance in those in attendance, some of whom even pledged that they would certainly not miss the upcoming League demonstrations in South Carolina.  I think it’s safe to say that as we departed the Capitol and walked down the sidewalk heading towards our cars, ready for a bite to eat and also to socialize with our friends, we all stood a little taller, held our heads a little higher, and marched away with a stronger resolve to always defend the interests of our Folk above all else.

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