Confederate Battle Flag: Heritage or Racism?


confederate flagRecently, the controversy of the Confederate flag, has led to racial tension with many supporters on both sides. However, for many southerners this flag represents their forefather’s sacrifice. For some African-American’s it symbolizes their ancestor’s fight to end slavery and become free Americans. However, for many southerners, the flag has become a part of their family’s heritage. Many southerner’s proudly display the Confederate flag, as a symbol of heritage not hate.

Over the years, the controversy has boiled and caused most southern states to remove the flag. America’s colorful history should never be forgotten, since it represents a time when two nations couldn’t agree. So, many people do not see the Confederate Battle Flag, as a part of the south’s changing heritage. The flag was called the “Southern Cross” or “the cross of St. Andrew” (Brunner, 2007) and has been a proud symbol of the south’s heritage. During previous centuries the flag has been flown, next to the American flag and their state flag.

However, some say it is a “shameful reminder of slavery or segregation” (Brunner, 2007), for many African-Americans. According to the Southern Poverty of Law Center, many hate groups have begun using this flag to represent hate. But, not all southerners see the flag as a symbol of hate. Instead, they see it as a part of their heritage their ancestors died for. Whether it is wrong or right, we should never forget the men that died fighting for a cause they believed in. However, we shouldn’t allow hate groups to use this flag to further their own hate and prejudice.

For years, the civil war raged on and at the end of the struggle, we all became one nation of Americans. Do you know if one or more of your ancestors fought in the civil war? What side do you think they fought on? Would you be proud of them or embarrassed by their choice? Did you know that there were many African-American’s, who proudly fought alongside of the Confederate troops?

The Confederate flag should fly for those, who died in the belief that they were trying to make America better. But, out of the ashes of the civil war, America became one nation under God. Furthermore, as Americans, we should be proud of our history and learn from it, as we grow. In the 21st century, the Confederate Battle Flag shouldn’t be discriminated against, because of the behavior of extremist. Therefore, we should not blame the flag for its misuse, because the flag is not the enemy.

References:

Brunner, B (2007) Confederate Flag Controversy

Retrieved of the World Wide Web on August 25, 2007

http://www.infoplease.com/spot/confederate1.html

Meet Author Crystal S. Kauffman


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About the Author

My name is Crystal S. Kauffman (Pen name: Imogen Rayne). I am a Freelance Author/Poet/Songwriter with 16 years of experience. I have published over 1000 articles online and offline, since I began my writing career. Additionally, I enjoy using my talent to help small business owners, who need help with their everyday business communications like press releases and articles. I also enjoy making fliers and brochures, as well many other forms of business communications. Most of all, I love reviews of books and products, so please email me for more information. Email: laughatcancer@gmail.com

Glimpse Into My Life 

Currently, I live in Jacksonville, FL with my husband and my two beautiful children, who are my biggest fan and contributors for my new novels. Personally, I am a twelve year cervical cancer stage 2 B survivor, who loves to create and write. Therefore, for the last 8 years, I have been using the talent God gave me to create and maintain a support community for those touched by cancer. The Laugh at Cancer Support Community is for patients and families touched by cancer, who has been touched directly or indirectly. Visit our support community, if you would like to help make a difference or if you are in need of support. Laugh At Cancer Support Community

My Published Work 

Rhymes of The Heart– This is an uplifting and inspirational collection of poems. These rhymes come from my heart, throughout the good and bad times I experienced. I believe many of my readers and fans can relate to the poems I have written. Additionally, ten percent of each purchase will benefit the . Laugh At Cancer Support Community on Facebook.

Planting Seeds to GrowThis is a collection of short stories I previous published for children. I really hope that enjoy my work, because each story is fictionally based. However, you will know what stories are based on my own life. I believe that this book is wonderful read for you and your children. Ten percent of all purchase will benefit the . Laugh At Cancer Support Community

*****New Novels Coming Soon*****

 Ana’s Stand-Available Soon

 Angel’s Tears-Mystery, Drama, and Crime

 The Birth of Veil-Fantasy Genre

Scott Speicher: A Hero is Finally Home


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A day of mourning and somber spirits loomed over the First Coast, Navy Captain Scott Speicher was laid to rest on Friday August, 14, 2009. The streets of Jacksonville, FL was lined with spectators and those who wanted to pay their respects to this fallen hometown hero. The funeral procession stopped at its various spots all over the Jacksonville, FL area, as those gathered said good-bye. Many spectators did not know Scott personally, but thanks to his family and friends hard work….he was never forgotten!

Who was he?

Captain Scott Speicher was also known as decorated member of the military’s elite group of fighter pilots aboard the Saratoga. In addition, he was a beloved son, loving husband, a proud father, and so much more. He taught Sunday school at Lake Shore Methodist Church, where a memorial has been placed to honor the fallen hero also. On Friday, August 14th, 2009“; the family was able let the captain finally rest in his own home town.

What happened to him?

In “1991”, Captain Speicher aka “Spike” was the first plane to be shot down during the first night of the “Operation Desert Storm”. Immediately, his wife and children suffered the blow 18 years ago, when his plane never returned home. First, he was listed as “Killed in Action”, but the military changed his status to “Captured” and “Missing in Action” after the overthrow of Saddam. Now, he can finally rest in peace, since he has been discovered and identified.

How was he found?

A local tribe has claimed that they buried Captain Speicher soon after his accident, which explains why he was never found. The Iraqi locals could not help America’s military without fear of repercussion during Desert Storm in 1991. His skeletal remains were identified on 08-02-2009 and returned them home, once the military confirmed they had in fact, found the captains remains. Many locals believe that his family and friends fight to keep his memory alive, allowed him to stay in the public spotlight.

Conclusion

In conclusion, Captain Scott Speicher was more than just a name on a wall to those people living in Jacksonville, Fl.  His wife, children and close friends were proud to welcome him home as a hero, since his highly publicized death. The sidewalks lined up with thousands of people paying their respects and saying goodbye, yet many never knew the pilot.  Many felt he was their adopted son or friend, who touched their hearts for 18 years and now they will remember him as the local pilot who gave all.

Reference

POW Network (2009) Speicher, Michael Scott

Retrieved on August 2009 from World Wide Web

http://www.pownetwork.org/saudi/sd017.htm

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Previously Published!

Viola Liuzzo: The Unknown Martyr


Viola LiuzzoIf you look in a history book, you will never find the name Viola Liuzzo as a martyr for civil rights. However, in 1965, she became an unknown martyr in the hearts of many civil rights activists. She was shot by self-proclaimed KKK members in Selma, Mississippi, during a civil rights march on March 25, 1965. Now, there a memorial on the spot that she died, yet no one mentions her name in the history books. According to Mr. Simkin (1997), she was 36 year old mother of five kids, who wanted to make a difference in the fight for civil rights.

She was married to a man named Anthony J. Liuzzo, who was very supportive of his wife’s ambitions. Viola graduated from “Wayne State University” and was pursuing a career as a “medical lab technician” (Simkin, 1997). After she watched “Bloody Sunday” unfold on television in Selma, Alabama. She empathized with the pain and torment of those who fought for the right to vote.

So she decided to stand up and become a civil rights activist, who helped out with driving people to the marches. They followed Martin Luther King Jr. and 25, 000 others in a march from Selma to Montgomery. Once getting involved, she witnessed the brutality of African Americans and supporters in the south.

As a white woman, she could have decided that it was too dangerous to go, but she was also a trained nurse who felt she may be able help. Then, on the night of March 25, 1965, she was shot in the head twice by three KKK members from Birmingham. Viola was brutally killed, while driving some of the protesters home. However, according the FBI (2006), a man named Leroy Moton was driving and became an eye witness to her murder. Before long, three men were arrested and charged with violating Viola Liuzzo civil rights. According to the FBI (2006), an undercover agent named Carl Rowe was also riding with the KKK members that night.

These self-proclaimed KKK members were “Collie Wilkins”, “William Eaton”, and “Eugene Thomas” (FBI, 2006). They were found guilty and sentenced to ten years in prison. Fortunately, the undercover FBI agent Carl Rowe was compelled “testified against them” (Simkin. 1997) in court. In an attempt to discredit Viola, some vicious rumors alleged that she had abandoned her children and husband for a black man’s affection.

According to Simkin (19970 these damaging rumors, were believed to have been started by the FBI. Sadly, she tried to stand up for the civil rights of others, but was ultimately was denied her own civil rights. How come Americans are not taught about her courageous decision to stand up, which ultimately cost her own life? Why did the undercover FBI agent choose not to protect her and her companions? What made them spread this vicious rumor about a woman, who chose to stand up for others and their right to be a free American?

References:

Simkin, John (1997) Spartacus Educational: Viola Liuzzo

Retrieved on the World Wide Web on June 13, 2007

http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/USAliuzzo.htm

Federal Bureau of Investigations (2006) Viola Liuzzo Murder

Retrieved on the World Wide Web on June 13, 2007

http://foia.fbi.gov/foiaindex/liuzzo.htm

Viola Liuzzo Monument

Formally Published on Associated Content/Yahoo Voices. I own all rights to my article.

Copyright 2007, Crystal S. Kauffman

New Release by ZitrO Productions: Confession of a Scorned Baby Mama


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What do you do when you’re fed up with your baby daddy? Angeleese Warner had finally reached a breaking point after discovering her man, Terrence’s dirty, little secret. Torn between trying to keep their relationship from going downhill, Angeleese is unsure if they’re destined for longevity.

When tragedy suddenly strikes, she’s left alone to pick up the pieces to her broken heart and keep it pushing. Will Angeleese ever meet a good man, or is she destined to keep returning to her comfort zone—her baby daddy?

Can Terrance make it work with Angeleese for the sake of their children? Or will a new woman in the horizon alter everyone’s plans?

Meet Author Marina J.

Buy you own copy of Author Marina J.’s Novel: Confessions of a Scorned Baby Mama

I Am Watching You Mom and Dad


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I am watching you tear our city apart,

While, I pray for God to heal my broken heart.

Stop…You are burning down our favorite places to eat,

However, the news calls it “Protesting in the Streets.”

Fighting with police officers and destroying our town,

Will it find any justice for this “boy” named Michael Brown?

You told me that you are protesting to be treated fair,

Now, I see that you committing crimes against our town out there.

How can you call this a peaceful protest with all the violence today?

I am watching everyone, make extremely bad choices all along the way.

© 2014, Crystal S. Kauffman

PS: I support the fight for Civil Rights, but I do not support violence and criminal behavior. I decided to write a poem in the perspective seen by children, who are watching this happen all around them. Some are to young to understand what is happening and are being drug out to these protests. I have seen pictures in the media of young children on adults shoulders. while other adults are in heated exchanges with police officers. I think children should be at home with a sitter, if the parent wants to be part of the protest.

The Most Marketable Skills in Today’s Ever-Changing Job Market


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My Graduation in 2011

As a college graduate, you may find it difficult to find a job after your graduation. However, don’t be dismayed, because there are many ways you can showcase your talents and skills that you have learned in your college courses. Becoming versatile in your field of study is the most important skill for you to have, especially once you begin your endless array of job interviews. Be sure to sell yourself to each company that you come in contact with, but don’t over exaggerate your talents and skills.

First, you must be willing to change or shift your areas of interest, if you are unable to find a job in your main area of interest. For example, maybe you are a business graduate, but you may not be able to find a job in your field of study. Second, do your homework and find other areas of interest in the business field, like helping small businesses succeed or becoming a business consultant. Next, change your resume to reflect the skills that you have to offer a future employer.

Take the time to evaluate every job in your field of interest, so you can begin narrowing your skill set. This will help you become more appealing to a potential employer, but during your interview be willing to admit things that you may not know. For example, the potential employer may need someone who knows a certain program that you have never used. After the interview is over, look for classes that you can take and learn this new skill.

Now, you will be more appealing to the next potential employer that you come in contact with. Don’t give up! No matter how many rejections you receive, instead learn something that you can take away from each interview. Once you return home, analyze the interview in your mind and write down things that you think you may have done wrong. For example, talking to fast or not selling yourself correctly, because this can hurt your chances of landing the job that you have applied for.

Before your next interview, you will know what areas you will to work on and what areas you are strong in. This will make you a better candidate for the job that you are applying for, but if the employer recommends another job with less pay. Don’t be too quick to turn the other assignment down, since you can show them how valuable you are and you may receive a promotion. Sometimes, you have to start at the bottom and work your way up; however don’t forget to continue to remain versatile.

©2014, Crystal S. Kauffman

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