Distraction from compromise and solutions works

Professional political agitator Ben Frazier got himself arrested during a City Council meeting this week, accomplishing his goal of dominating the headlines about the meeting.

The council was hearing speakers address the proposal to tear down yet another part of Jacksonville history.

Liberal “preservationists” always want to keep any building in the city because it is “part of history.” But they oppose preserving parts of history they don’t favor.

The Unity Project, led by Blake Harper, seeks to preserve history. Not just one part of it, but all of it.

His organization wants to keep the memorial to women and children that is in Springfield Park, for example. Frazier and his liberal supporters want to tear it down.

Because he has not been able to get his way, Frazier disrupted the council meeting during a time for public comments. He was arrested and jailed, charged with trespassing and resisting arrest. Frazier also was arrested in January at a press conference held by Gov. Ron DeSantis.

News4Jax said sources had told them Frazier planned the stunt long ago.

Crews for local TV stations, which are a visual medium, highlighted Frazier’s arrest at City Hall and skipped over the substance of the issue.

Harper said there have been studies and opinion polls of the issues during the past few years and none have called for tearing down statues.

Harper proposes letting the statues stand while also giving greater recognition to parts of the city’s history that have not gotten wider attention. Those include achievements by residents with black skin.

Harper and his supporters do not support the event that occurred recently, when someone flew a plane over the football stadium towing a Confederate flag.

Harper blames people from out of town for the event, and Frazier for his tactics.

“He was a TV ‘talking head’ for many years,” Harper told Eye on Jacksonville. “He knows how to use the media to propagandize his message.”

Lloyd Brown

Lloyd was born in Jacksonville. Graduated from the University of North Florida. He spent nearly 50 years of his life in the newspaper business …beginning as a copy boy and retiring as editorial page editor for Florida Times Union. He has also been published in a number of national newspapers and magazines, as well as Internet sites. Married with children. Military Vet. Retired. Man of few words but the words are researched well, deeply considered and thoughtfully written.

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