1. St. Augustine City Commission rightly approved 4-1 on July 9, 2018 the recommendation of the first biracial committee in our City's history.
2. Commissioners wisely chose last year NOT to remove the monument, appointed a superb committee, and now has heeded their reasoned, documented and scholarly recommendations for contextualization.
3. Commissioners wisely rejected the demands of far-left and far-right extremist hater-racists like Rev. Ronald Rawls, Jr. of Gainesville (who wanted to remove the monument), and Doug Russo (a chauvinistic slavery defender who wanted to do exactly nothing). Rawls and Russo are bilateral symbiotic snowflakes -- Rawls had Russo speak at St. Paul A.M.E. hate rally in August 2017, desecrating the historic church where MLK spoke. The two extremists feed off each other. At the July 9 , 2018 meeting, Rawls spoke after Russo did, and Rawls joked that he wanted to yield his time for Russo to keep on talking.
4. Dr. Robert S. Hayling, D.D.S. and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would be proud. In 1963, they asked for a Biracial Committee. We finally got one 55 years later -- our Confederate Monument Contextualization Advisory Committee. Wonderful job -- I attended all ten (10) of their meetings gavel-to-gavel.
5. As RFK's Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, Burke Marshall, said, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall catch hell from both sides."
6. Proud of our City for doing the right thing.
7. Three cheers for democracy, for the seven Committee members, and for all of the blessed peacemakers. Yes we can!