DOES SOUTH CAROLINA HATE THE SCV?

And by that headline, when I say South Carolina, I am referring to GOVERNMENT; be it State, County, or local; and not to all individual South Carolinians.

Exhibit 1:

The Sons of Confederate Veterans are being asked by Holly Hill Town Council not to publicly display the Confederate Battle Flag on property their camp owns just outside the town limits, citing a potentially negative impact on local businesses and the community.

The council at its regular meeting Monday night passed a resolution opposing the display of the Confederate Battle Flag on Highway 176. The resolution reads:

"The mayor and council respectfully request the Sons of Confederate Soldiers, as the owners of property on Orangeburg County with tax map number 0332-15-05-002.000, do not authorize the construction and display of the Confederate Battle Flag for public viewing due to the assumed negative impact on local businesses and the community at large."

"I want to reiterate that (the property in question) is not in the town limits," Councilwoman Jan Wiles said. "It is not something we can actually control. We can request it be changed, but it is not in our control."

Mayor William Johnson announced he and council members will meet with representatives of the Sons of Confederate Veterans at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 6, at Holly Hill Town Hall. The meeting will be moderated by Pastor Gralin Nix Hampton of New Way Church House of Ministries in Holly Hill, the mayor said.

"I encourage everyone to come and take part in this meeting," Johnson said.


Exhibit 2:

The annual Flowertown Festival held in picturesque Summerville is usually a celebration of everything Southern by all the people of South Carolina's Lowcountry.

But in this day and age of political correctness, there are those who don't really need a reason to be offended or angry, just an excuse.

As reported by both The Charleston Post and Courier and also The Summerville Journal Scene, the Summerville camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans set-up a booth on private property adjacent to the festival proper. The SAME display (a replica of the CSS Hunley) that members of the H.L. Hunley Camp have displayed for the past 6 years. a replica of the CSS Hunley for the festival-goers to see and learn of.

This year, sightseers and tourists were denied the opportunity to learn of the first operational submarine to ever sink an enemy vessel due to a "technicality," specifically the "lack of a necessary business license permit."

"We've had the Hunley here the last six years," said Ben Bunting, commander of the local SCV chapter. "We have never been approached about having a permit."

Bunting said the submarine display actually arrived in Summerville as usual prior to the festival but was turned away because it lacked the permit required by all vendors.

"By all appearances what went on this (festival) year appears to be collusion in my opinion...to satisfy a problem with a community organizer," Bunting said.

Louis Smith, founder of the Community Resource Center, a black community organizer, appeared to confirm that claim. "If that exhibit had been approved, we were going to protest by putting black people in chains," Smith said Sunday at the festival. Smith said the display was a tool to spread hate toward the black community and could not believe that it was allowed at a family event.

Because the SCV is a non-profit, and because their display was educational in nature rather than commercial, no "business license" was required. And additionally, the town government isn't the organizer of the event, but rather the Summerville Family YMCA.

According to the local Y's executive director Gary Lukridge, "That vendor was outside of our jurisdiction," he said. "We can't control what happens on private property."

It was further reported that "Lukridge confirmed that he spoke to Smith 'a couple of weeks' before the festival and relayed the information that the Hunley exhibit would not be coming."

We also have word that at their next meeting the Town Council is expected to take a public stand against the SCV and against display of Confederate symbols.

Louis Smith, the community organizer, is also seeking criminal charges against individual SCV members claiming that they violated the civil rights of festival goers by walking around and passing out small Confederate Flags. He is also claiming that the SCV refused to give flags to black people (something that we know was not true).



APRIL PROCLOMATION

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant has again proclaimed April to be Confederate Heritage Month.

The proclamation properly does not mention slavery and is similar to ones previously issued by Bryant in previous years. Other Mississippi governors, Democrat and Republican, have made similar proclamations for previous decades.



THE SMEAR CAMPAIGN BEGINS

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, who has held public statewide office since 1996, is a member of Rankin County's Lowry Rifles Camp #1740 of the Mississippi Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV).

That membership makes him the most prominent sitting public official in the United States who is a known member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks the SCV and similar groups.

"He doesn't attend regular meetings, but his dues are paid and his membership status is current," said Marc Allen, Mississippi SCV public affairs officer and a member of the same chapter as Bryant told a Mississippi Today reporter. "Gov. Bryant has Confederate ancestors like many people in Mississippi do. This is one way we can honor and pay respect to American veterans."

"The continuous acknowledgment by the governor as he celebrates and recognizes the month of April as Confederate Heritage Month, and his membership in such organizations as the Sons of Confederate Veterans, cannot help but be of concern to me and members of the Legislative Black Caucus as well as other residents in the state," said Rep. Sonya Williams-Barnes, D-Gulfport and chairwoman of the Legislative Black Caucus.

Heidi Beirich, intelligence project director at the Southern Poverty Law Center, has called Bryant's SCV membership "shocking" and "troubling."

"There are hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of SCV members who are known members of hate groups," Beirich said. "Bryant shouldn't be playing footsie with them." "From my perspective, it's inappropriate for a sitting governor to affiliate himself with them," she said. "It's disturbing that (Bryant) is a member of a group that has lost hundreds of members in recent years because they wouldn't stand up against racism."

And Governor Bryant is not the only SCV member who holds public office. He just happens to be the first target. One of Beirich's jobs at SPLC is to determine which public officials in which states are also SCV members.

She has a list. And the media and agents on the left are making the rounds, and offering not to go public with additional names on condition that the official take official positions against their heritage. Those who will not do so are about to join Governor Bryant as targets of this new offensive.

The SLPC is also making issue of the SCV membership of former politicians, including former U.S. Senator Trent Lott and Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. The reason is probably to show the currently elected SCV members the effect of being painted a racist on the basis of SCV membership.

The initial targets of this offensive are elected officials in Alabama, South Carolina, and Mississippi.



HOPEFULLY THIS LAWSUIT IS FINALLY DEAD

A Federal Appeals Court has rejected a lawsuit against the State of Mississippi over the use of the Confederate Battle Flag in the State Flag.

A black Mississippi resident said that the use of the Confederate symbol amounted to state-sanctioned racial discrimination. But the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that any emotional harm caused by the flag is irrelevant, legally speaking, and doesn't give him grounds to sue.

The lawsuit that was dismissed on Friday was brought by a black lawyer who said he suffered because of the "painful, threatening and offensive" flag, which made him feel like a second-class citizen. He noted that as a lawyer, he saw the flag frequently in court, compounding the pain it caused him. He cited both emotional and physical harms, including high blood pressure and anxiety.

The central question was whether the man had standing to sue - which depended on whether he had experienced an "injury in fact." The appeals court didn't deny that the flag might have a deep and personal effect on the man. They said he demonstrated that he feels stigmatized.

But feeling stigmatized, they said, isn't the kind of injury you can sue the State over.

"[E]xposure to a discriminatory message, without a corresponding denial of equal treatment, is insufficient to plead injury in an equal protection case," the three-judge panel ruled.

The case had already been rejected by U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves who threw out the case last year called the Confederate emblem "a repulsive symbol of the past, born of the South's intention to maintain slavery."

The 5th Circuit was less critical of the flag, although it did suggest that the stigmatizing effect of the flag might possibly be "strongly, sincerely and severely felt," without legal redress being possible.

The 5th Circuit also rejected a claim on behalf of the Mississippi man's daughter, who, under Mississippi law, will be taught "the proper respect" for the State Flag in school and learn the State pledge of allegiance to the Flag.

The man said that being forced to respect or pledge allegiance to a flag with Confederate imagery would violate his daughter's First Amendment rights.

The Circuit Court responded with an argument that, in a roundabout way, suggests the Mississippi Flag might not be worth respecting. That is, they said "proper respect" for the Flag is the "correct" or "suitable" respect, not a particular amount of respect.

So, they concluded, "all that is required to be taught is the history of the flag and the respect that it is due, whatever that may be."

And that, they said, does not violate the Constitution.



DOT REMOVES FLAG

A Confederate Flag hanging inside a garage owned by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation was hastily removed Friday after a reporter spotted it and tweeted out a photo.

A reporter for WPRO-AM took a picture of the flag during a news conference about work zone safety. The photo showed it was hanging against a wall behind two trucks.



By the end of the news conference, the station reported the flag had been removed.

Transportation Director Peter Alviti told WPRO that hanging the flag was stupid and inappropriate.

Department spokesman Charles St. Martin said later Friday that department officials do not know who placed the flag or how long it had been there. He said human resources is looking into it and will "take the appropriate steps."



CONFEDERATE GRAVES DESECRATED

A wreath and two Confederate Flags were vandalized Saturday after a History and Heritage Month observance in southeast Georgia, police said.

The incident occurred at the Bulloch County Courthouse Confederate Memorial, the Statesboro Herald reported.

"The monument was not affected but the wreath ... was damaged," said Mike Mull, Commander of the Sons of Confederate Veterans Ogeechee Rifles Camp No. 94. "Two flags - a Confederate battle flag and the 3rd National Confederate flag - were torn from the wreath and thrown to the ground. The grapevine wreath itself was not damaged, but the stand that supported the wreath was bent."

Police took a report from Mull, the newspaper reported. The monument is under 24-hour video surveillance.

"Damaging that wreath is the same as desecration of graves," Mull said. "That wreath was meant to memorialize the hundreds of men who left their farms, fields, offices and pulpits to fight for a cause in which they believed, right or wrong."



MONUMENT REMOVAL BIDS ARE THREE TIMES HIGHER THAN BUDGET

The sole competitive bid for the contract to remove Confederate monuments in New Orleans far exceeds the city's budget.

The Times-Picayune reports that contractor Couzan Services Ltd. has bid $600,000 to remove statues of Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Gen. Robert E. Lee. The statue of Lee was, at one point, the tallest structure in the South. The city's budget is $170,000, although Mayor Mitch Landrieu has said the project will also be privately financed.



VIRGINIA FLAGGERS THWARTED AGAIN

A Confederate Flag is "too big and too tall to be missed so it is not harmonious with commercial development in a tourism corridor and cannot be flown," the Rockbridge County's Tourism Corridor Overlay Review Board ruled on Wednesday.

Cited with zoning violations, the Virginia Flaggers elected last month to take down a 20-by-30-foot flag, mounted on a pole more than 80 feet high, that was put up in January along U.S. 60 just west of Lexington.

In an effort to raise their flag again, this time from a spot that did not violate setback requirements, the Flaggers sought approval from the TCO board.

County officials were quick to say their decision was not a political statement about the Flag. "This is obviously not a flag issue," Assistant Director of Community Development Chris Slaydon said. "This is a scale issue and a proportionality issue."

The TCO board oversees commercial development within 1,000 feet of several highways designated by the county as tourism corridors, including U.S. 60, also known as Midland Trail, U.S. 11 and parts of Virginia 39.

A motion made by board member Tim Welsh to deny the application, which was approved 4-0, stated that "the size of the proposed flag is not harmonious and is inconsistent with other commercial development in the area and other areas within the TCO district."

While a new proposed location on the 60 West Pawn Shop lot satisfies the setback requirements, the TCO board still had concerns about the flag's height.

Fred Massey said that while he respects free speech and property rights, a 20-by-30 foot flag is too extreme of an expression.

Barry Isenhour of the Flaggers, who attended the meeting, said afterward that while the board's stated concerns were about the flag's height, he suggested that the decision was really based on distaste for the Confederate flag. "If this had been the U.S. flag, I don't think they would have had a problem with it," he said.

Had the Flaggers won approval from the TCO board, they still would have needed a building permit from Rockbridge County.

The Flaggers have stated that the group plans to appeal. The next step would be to take the application to the County Board of Supervisors.

Before its vote, the board invited public comments but only heard from the 6 opposed to a display of the Confederate flag.



PITCH FORKS AND TORCHES IN HAND

A mob of angry blacks led by Senator Perry Thurston, a Fort Lauderdale Democrat, and surrounded by alumni members of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, took to Florida's "Old Capitol" steps Thursday to call for a likeness of educator and civil-rights activist Mary McLeod Bethune to replace a statue of a Confederate General now in the U.S. Capitol.

The group called for passage of Thurston's bill (SCR 1360) that would formally approve Dr. Bethune to replace General Edmund Kirby Smith in the Capitol's National Statuary Hall.

Each state has two statues on display in the Capitol. Florida's other statue, of scientist-inventor Dr. John Gorrie of Apalachicola, a pivotal figure in the invention of air conditioning, will remain.

But Thurston's bill has yet to have a hearing. And in addition to Thurston's bill, other members have presented competing legislation also calling for the removal of General Smith's statue but wishing to replace it with any of a number of other characters, including one bill that would replace the General's statue with that of environmentalist Marjory Stoneman Douglas. , author of "The Everglades: River of Grass," to take Smith's place.

Please call Florida State senators and legislators to state your opposition to SCR1360 and any other bill that would remove or replace General Smith's statue.

 

When I published my book Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage: What Does the Bible Teach; I had no idea that Congressman Ron Paul would purchase 535 copies of the book in order to give a copy to all 535 members of Congress.

Again, in 2015, when I was contacted by the Governor and legislative members in Oklahoma, I was humbled that the book was inspiring a political solution.

Now Alabama is considering the same legislation.

Alabama is considering a legislation that would abolish marriage licenses in the State.

The proposed bill, sponsored by Republican State Sen. Greg Albritton, amends Alabama law to remove any requirement that couples obtain marriage licenses or have marriage ceremonies.

Albritton said the law would protect the religious liberty of probate judges and clergy who have moral objections to signing same-sex marriage licenses while also avoiding likely litigation.

"It keeps the state from making the decision of who can and cannot get married," Albritton said. "It prevents the state from that gatekeeper position."

Some conservative opponents argue the bill threatens the sanctity of marriage. Two Republican state senators spoke against the bill during the Senate hearing, arguing the state should have a role in authorizing marriage and that removing marriage licenses and ceremony requirements would reduce marriage to a contract between two parties.

But in reality, as I argue in my book, it is the State license that reduces the Marriage Covenant, a sacred agreement between a man, his wife, and their God, to nothing more than a contractual agreement between two people and the government.

"To take it and reduce it to a contractual arrangement like a mortgage or a deed feels a little concerning," Republican Sen. Phil Williams said during debate.

But that is EXACTLY what the State license does.

Senator Albritton has rightly replied that, "state does not make things sacred."

According to Albritton, his goal with the bill was simply to resolve a judicial controversy since eight Alabama counties still refuse to issue marriage licenses for same-sex marriage.

Regardless of intention, if this makes it through the legislative process, Alabama will return marriage to the sacred institution that God created it to be before government perverted it.

The bill has cleared the Alabama Senate by a vote of 22-6 earlier this month and is awaiting a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee.

This is the fourth time Albritton has introduced the bill. The first time it was presented before the whole House of Representatives, a majority of representatives voted for it, but it failed because it did not get the two-thirds majority required to pass in the special session.

Albritton said he anticipated the bill would pass out of the House Judiciary Committee and hoped it would get a vote before the whole House this session.

Albritton says this is not a new idea: "I am only going back to the way we were doing things about 100 years ago," he said.

Would you like to read the book that inspired the bill? It is available on Amazon.com




If you have been reading Dixie Heritage for any length of time now then you know that we will be traveling to Cuba in May.

There is, now, as I continue to speak with the Cuban pastors I will be meeting with, a new opportunity that is before us that we must act on while the doors to Cuba are open.

There are many cities of big size that do not have even one Baptist Church in it. I will be leading a group to one of these cities in May, a city of over 10,000 people with no Baptist Church. It is our hope to plant a Church that week!

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Valarie Protopapas submits the following from the Southern Cavalry Review:

The Don Fanucci of American Politics (Or: The Real Cause of the American 'Civil War') 

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the American "Civil War," more accurately described as the War to Prevent Southern Independence. It is also the 31st anniversary of the movie, The Godfather, Part II. A single scene in the movie illustrates the true cause of the "Civil War."

The scene in question involves a Hells Kitchen New York Mafia boss in the early twentieth century named Don Fanucci, whose character is based on a real-life Mafia boss named Ignazio Lupo ("Lupo the Wolf"). 

In the scene Don Fanucci meets with a young Vito Corleone (who would later become "The Godfather") after discovering that young Vito and some friends had been quite successful operating as thieves in the neighborhood. The purpose of the meeting was to extort money from the young Mafia wannabes since that, after all, was a big part of the "business" the Mafia was in at the time. 

Don Fanucci (and Ignazio Lupo) would go to all business people in Hell's Kitchen and essentially say, "If you want to do business in 'my' neighborhood, you'll have to give me a percentage-or else." (Ignazio Lupo meant business; he is "credited" with at least 60 murders). 

Here is what Don Fannucci said to Vito Corleone, from the script of The Godfather, Part II: 

Don Fanucci to Vito Corleone: "I hear you and your friends are stealing goods. But you don't even send a dress to my house. No respect! You know I've got three daughters. This is my neighborhood. You and your friends should show me some respect. You should let me wet my beak a little. I hear you and your friends cleared $600 each. Give me $200 each, for your own protection. And I'll forget the insult. Young punks have to learn to respect a man like me! Otherwise the cops will come to your house. And your family will be ruined. Of course, if I'm wrong about how much you stole, I'll take a little less. And by less, I only mean - a hundred bucks less. Now don't refuse me. Understand, paisan? Tell your friends I don't want a lot. Just enough to wet my beak. Don't be afraid to tell them!" 

In the next scene Vito Corleone murders Don Fanucci and becomes the new "godfather" of the  message and 



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Our man H. K. Edgerton was on site at the Summerville Flower Festival. We reported on the event in the news section. Here is H.K.'s first-hand account:

The YMCA would enter into collusion with a so called community organizer, " Louis Smith", to keep the Sons and the Hunley from the event. The YMCA would require the Sons to have a permit, something they had never done before. And , then conveniently misplacing the permit form, and the person responsible for its issuance suddenly not being able to be found. And, no one returning the Camps inquiry of the status of the permit.

Not to be deterred by this hiatus, the Camp went on with their plans to participate in the festival; setting up a booth on the property of one of its members as usual, and sustaining the expense to bring the Hunley to the Festival.

On Friday, March 1, 2017, opening day, the Hunley would be turned away because the YMCA had not only issued a permit, but also had moved its so called foot print forward ( places for vendor stations ) further proclaiming there was no place for the Hunley.

Later in the day as I along with Griff, a fellow Camp member would venture out into the festival in search of a food vendor for lunch, only to be told by a YMCA official standing next to a Police Officer, that we could not pass out one the many Confederate Naval Jack flags that we had been passing out all day. I didn't understand why, but not to cause any friction, I would reply to him alright, and unknown to him would place the remaining four flags in my pocket so that no one would ask for one.

As we began to return towards our booth, a young Black police office would yell out to us to stop, pointing to the YMCA official, telling us that he wanted to have a word with us. The man said that we were technically trespassing , and that he had asked that I not pass out any flags, and that furthermore we were on private property; pointing to the State road that had been blocked off for the festival.

His mouth would drop as I held up my coat that showed the flags in my pocket. And, I asked him; are you implying that we can't come over here for food? Oh no would come his reply.

Thousands of spectators would express disappointment about the Hunley Submarine not being at the event. Just as the final day was winding down, just as we had done from day one, we would pass out the Naval Jack flags, pose for pictures, accept many, many hugs from the spectators . It can only be analogized as a love fest for those of us don in the uniform of the Southern soldier.

And, then all of a sudden from out of no where, a White man showed up with a black flag engraved with the words; Black Lives Matter. To the delight of the many who now gathered around, I would loose my voice as I chided him on where he should go with that flag; into the Black community of Summerville, and one elderly Black woman would chime in, don't just stop there Mr. Edgerton, send him to Chicago, and all over the country, and the many places where Blacks are killing each other every day. He would quickly furl that flag, and with his tail between his legs , go as quickly as he had come.

Finally the Honorable Summerville Police would escort him away.

Your brother,
HK
Chairman of the Board of Advisors
Southern Legal Resource Center



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"Racist" Cows?
by Al Benson Jr.

We have been duly informed by the politically correct, the cultural Marxists among us, that anyone politically to the right of Ho Chi Minh or Fidel Castro is a "deplorable" racist. Evidence  for this accusation?  Well, who needs evidence? Just say it long enough and loud enough and people will believe it. The Social Justice warriors way over on the Far Left fringe have decreed it. Ain't that enough? After all, who would even think of questioning "social justice" or its  provocateurs?

However, in recent days the social justice campaign seems to have reached new and more glorious  heights. According to the website Intellihub the animal rights group PETA has continued to add to its list of "unusual" claims, and this time they have put out a video that literally claims that drinking milk just might mean you are a closet racist. Intellihub recently said: "The group posted the video on Friday in a Tweet that reads, 'Did you know that milk has long been a symbol used by white supremacists?"

Wow, I didn't know that did you? Well, they say you learn something new every day (even if it is slightly off the wall). So now we have had the ultimate tool of the Far Right white supremacy crowd exposed for what it really is-Milk, white milk! Well, if it's white it must be "racist" right?  I mean, everything white is racist isn't it? Makes you wonder about snow doesn't it?

So I thought, in view of this startling revelation that we ought to take this whole racist scenario one step further and expose yet another layer of deep-rooted racism-Cows!

I mean, after all, the brown cow eats green grass but she gives white milk, so it stands to reason, at least among the progressive Left, that the cow is racist too. Doesn't it? What other logical conclusion could a devout cultural Marxist come up with? If she wasn't racist couldn't we, at least once in awhile, depend on chocolate milk from her? The fact that she continually provides only white milk must indicate that the cow, knowingly or not, has deep racist tendencies.  And what about her owner? He has to be a flaming racist too. Do we dare ask how many cows he has that only give white milk? Is there a right-wing conspiracy here among the agricultural set to flood the country with white milk? If so, this needs to be exposed. The Communist News Network should send out some hot-shot reporter, have him sneak around the dairy farm and get some samples of that white milk. Then he could have them tested for the amount of inherent racism they might contain. Anything over 50 grams per udderful would be enough to seal his journalistic career forever.

We must realize that this is a serious problem!  Racist milk from racist cows is flooding the country. Valiant anti-racists just can't obtain brown, yellow, red, or black milk-all these miserable bovines today provide for us is this insipid, racist white stuff. Why it's enough to gag a maggot!

The social justice folks need to start scratching around under the rocks and barrels to see if they can find a friend somewhere in Congress, one who might be ready to expose all this. Once they produce such a specimen he could introduce mandatory legislation nationwide that would force all daily farmers to inoculate their cows with something approved by the FDA that would turn the color of the milk given by cows into something besides white. I imagine, to the Flakes over on the leftist fringe, that would seem to be a reasonable solution to this horrible problem.

Seem to me I have seen an article or two in the local LameStream Media outlets that discussed in depth the traumatic experiences undergone by those that were forced to drink white milk. Having to drink white milk was more traumatic for them than someone having tipped over their little red wagons when they were three years old.

I know you can get chocolate and strawberry milk flavorings at the local super market, but even if you buy and use them, somehow it just isn't the same when you realize the milk was white to begin with.

So there has to be some solution that could be introduced that would call for more federal regulation and at least one more layer of bureaucracy to ease the unemployment problems that Obama's stimulus packages didn't quite take care of.

I can see it now-pre-planned spontaneous street demonstrations all across the country, with people marching and carrying signs that say "White is Right; Strawberry is Red; and Chocolate is-whatever!" And you thought Trump's Russian scenario was something!  Brother, you ain't seen nothin' yet!




As many of you know, on Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell invoked the so-called "nuclear option" to force the confirmation of Judge Gorsuch. This is not the first time that Congress has "gone nuclear." The first time happened in 1858. 

Congress was debating the statehood of Kansas. Their proposed State Constitution permitted slavery and forbade free blacks from living in the state.

The Northern Republicans were furious. Congress spent days arguing about it. As the debate went on, extending past midnight, they started drinking heavily just to keep from falling asleep.

It was 1:30 AM when Laurence Keitt, a Democrat who was drunk out of his mind, stood up, pointed in Republican Galusha Grow's face, and slurred out, "You're a black Republican puppy!" Grow snapped back, "No Negro driver shall crack his whip over me!" Lunging at Grow, Keitt yelled that he was going to choke Grow, and the whole building erupted into a vicious brawl.

There was an effort to calm it down. The Speaker of the House tried banging the house mace, but it only made things worse. Another congressman, misunderstanding what the Speaker was trying to do, thought this meant that weapons were fair game. The congressman grabbed a metal spittoon and smashed it into someone's head.

The fight didn't stop until someone grabbed William Barksdale in a headlock and started punching him in the skull. Barksdale broke free, but his hairpiece didn't come with him. Embarrassed, he picked it off the ground and put the wig on his head backward.
The politicians burst into laughter, and everyone finally calmed down. The fighting stopped, and they managed to come to an agreement-pacified by a man's wig.



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