September 1, 2014
Governor Jerry Brown
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
Re: Proposed Ban on Confederate Flag in California
Dear Governor Brown:
I understand that a bill to ban the Confederate flag in California has been passed by the state legislature. It now sits on your desk awaiting signature. I am asking you not to sign it. It is a blatant violation of the First Amendment, and if passed, we will litigate the matter in federal court. You will lose.
The Confederate flag is a sacred heritage symbol to millions of Americans, both white and black, particularly those who are descendants of Confederate soldiers, sailors and marines. We do not display it to offend anyone, or to express hatred of anyone, but as a symbol of who we are and where we came from. It is a tribe symbol, representing our families, our ancestors, our people, their culture and their history. If some are offended by the sight of the Confederate flag, you can be sure that we are equally offended by their uninformed and unfounded hostility. They pretend to know what’s in our hearts, and they haven’t the slightest idea. Their efforts to ban the flag both insult us and slander us.
Those who seek to ban the flag do so out of ignorance, and seek to make their ignorance the law of the land. They seek to politicize American history, making any alternative views of that history illegal, shameful and suppressed. Such efforts are totalitarian and oppressive, no matter how “honorable” they pretend to be.
For the sake of freedom of expression, inquiry and association, please do not sign that bill.
Stogie [full name redacted]
Life Member, Sons of Confederate Veterans
Cc: Isadore Hall III, D-Compton2200 W. Artesia Blvd. Suite 210
Compton, CA 90220