News blackout on efforts to unite Jacksonville 

As if we didn’t already know it, the local news media is firmly committed to dividing Jacksonville residents. 

Like Twitter in the past, they censor what they don’t want you to hear. 

They emphasize what will divide. 

A press conference by Project Unity – an organization that seeks to unite local residents – was held on the steps of City Hall this week. 

One local TV crew showed up. But even that station did not post a story. 

As everyone knows, any time that any group of more than two people stages an event to complain about a grievance – real or otherwise – they will get news coverage galore. 

But when solutions are offered: crickets. 

Blake Harper, head of the Unity group, said at the conference that his supporters want to preserve history – all of it, not just one part. 

Liberal organizations want to revise history, not remember it as it happened. 

They would pretend the Civil War never happened. That would mean slavery never existed. 

While that might benefit the Democrat Party, which supported slavery and segregation, it would not benefit Americans who believe in teaching and learning the truth. 

Liberal agitators in the city, virtually all Democrats, seek to destroy monuments that mention or reflect the Civil War, even those intended to remember widows and children. 

Harper wants to leave the monuments but expand the city’s recognition of other events that have been less often noted. 

He correctly notes that two task forces and opinion polls support his position. 

“Woke” ideology is permeating American institutions. West Point is going to get rid of all monuments that honor its graduates who served the Confederate Army. 

Unity means not focusing on skin color but on shared experiences and historical events that formed today’s America. It follows nicely the teachings of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who was a uniter. 

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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