Saturday, January 21, 2017

Comedy Central on Plantation weddings

I think it raises issues. However, I think that it ends up excusing plantation weddings.

Click on image to see it all. You will have to wait through a commercial.

Article about plantation weddings

The article is about the disturbing trend to have plantation weddings ignoring slavery.

This is another article commenting on "creepy" plantation weddings.

This one is fairly interesting where a couple doesn't get it why an African American wedding planner wouldn't want to do a plantation wedding.

The Arlington Hall at Robert E. Lee Park was given a Vendi Award by the American Association of Certified Wedding Planners.

Maybe they should change their name to the Confederate Association of Certified Wedding Planners.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Facebook pulled the Reject Racist Robert E. Lee Event page. UPDATE: Letter delivered 1/24/2017

A certified letter has been sent to Mark Zuckerberg about the Reject Racist Robert E. Lee Event page.

I would suggest that persons who put up Facebook Event pages print them out as content is added so if Facebook pulls it, you will have some record. Also, it needs to be considered whether any anti-Racist events should be planned or promoted on Facebook if racists can get the Event page pulled.

Click on the image to see it in its entirety.

This is the letter.

                                                       January 14, 2017

Mr. Mark Zuckerberg
Chief Executive Officer of Facebook
1 Hacker Way
Menlo Park, California 94025

Dear Mr. Zuckerberg:

I had an event page, Reject Racist Robert E. Lee, on Facebook.  Professor Phillips and I were doing an item on the Robert E. Lee Park in Dallas, Texas. It was basically an item about race, space, and place where we are practicing using social media and creating media. We do a lot of articles, but I have thought that we need to move to producing other media.

Michael Phillips is the author of, “White Metropolis: Race, Ethnicity, and Religion in Dallas, 1841-2001,” Univ. of Texas Press. I am a co-editor of “Neo-Confederacy: A Critical Introduction,” by the Univ. of Texas Press and “The Confederate and Neo-Confederate Reader,” by the University Press of Mississippi. My resume is online at  In 2015 I was awarded the Spirit of Freedom Medal by the African American Civil War Museum in Washington D.C. for my life’s achievements.

Imagine my surprise to find after the event that the page was pulled down by Facebook.

This was the URL.

Additionally I was the recipient of a rather opaque email stating that I had violated the “Terms of Use” and slandered me saying I had engaged in abuse. The email had no information as to which posting or activity violated the “Terms of Use.” I replied to the email making inquiries about which posting or activity of mine might be considered a breach of the terms of service and have not gotten a reply. I also note that the email doesn’t provide any link for which a person might make an inquiry. Copy of email and my reply enclosed.

Further, supposing only for the purpose of argument, that a specific posting was in violation of the terms of service, why would the whole event page have to be pulled down rather than the specific offending post? Further if there was a desire to improve participation in Facebook I would think that indicating what was in violation of “Terms of Use” would be helpful. It would be instructive of what behavior to avoid.

The pulling of the Reject Racist Robert E. Lee Facebook event page raises important questions. If someone is having a Facebook event page as part of an anti-racist event, could it be deleted by Facebook upon complaints being made by racists to Facebook? In particular if the event was against institutional racism, could an institution get Facebook to pull the page?  More generally for anyone is whether their page or event be pulled capriciously after an investment of time and energy into it.

It also seems that a page can be pulled without a means of the person who had their page pulled knowing why or having any redress.

I am writing this letter to inquire as to what happened.

1     1. What specifically was in violation of your “Terms of Use” on the event page? Please provide the entire material which you decided was in violation of the “Terms of Use” in its entirety.

2. What “Terms of Use” did it violate? Please be specific as possible not only in regards to the item in your “Terms of Use” for which you felt it violated, but also why you felt the item violated those terms. If it is in reference to your “Community Standards” please be specific which standard it violated and how you felt it violated this standard. These are the terms I see online. These are the community standards I see online.

3. What was the complaint or complaints made about the item that you then decided was in violation of your “Terms of Use?”

4. Why was the entire event page pulled down rather the specific offending item?

5. Why doesn’t your email notification of a violation of the “Terms of Use” provide any information what the item violating your “Terms of Use” was and what term it violated.

I look forward to your reply.

                                                           Sincerely Yours,

                                                            Edward H. Sebesta

This is the return receipt of the certified letter. You can see that it was delivered 1/24/2017. Click on it to view it. 

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Having a White wedding with apologies to Billy Idol UPDATED

Evidently there are people who want to have part of their wedding events be at a replica of the site of slavery. Helen and Lawson start your marriage with plantation slavery, what a move! How creepy!

Seems having white weddings is the thing for Arlington Hall.

I wonder who are the ministers are and what churches they are from.

Even an association of wedding planners American Association of Certified Wedding Planners, or AACWP.   want to have their groups meeting there. What better place to think about planning a white wedding.

This is my essay on banal white nationalism

This Billy Idol video seems appropriate

Sponsors for the Robert E. Lee Park

Dallas elites have no problem with normalizing white supremacy.

These addresses are those of the surrounding buildings, mostly condominiums.

On the sign you see The Claridge, 21 Turtle Creek, 3525 Turtle Creek, The Mayfair, The Vendome'. There is a caterer, Food Glorious Food. Also it seems the movie La La Land is a sponsor, on the basis that the font matches the ads for the movie.

Note the names James Berry, Janet and Erich Brehm, Ty Burks, Tammy Jo Covert, Kelly and Ryan Kirkham, Barbara Lake, Sonia Maeda, Barb and Bert Maguire.

Elites of Dallas support glorification and normalization of the Confederacy. Or it is a matter that to them Black Lives Simply don't matter at all. This is my article on banal white nationalism.

These people compose the board of directors for the park. 

This is the link to the Facebook event where we are broadcasting about Robert E. Lee and the park.

Click on the picture to see the whole thing. 

Friday, December 2, 2016

Facebook Event Page for Reject Racist Robert E. Lee Event.

Dec. 31st starting at 1pm at the Robert E. Lee Park.

We will be doing a periscope art action.

The event page was pulled by Facebook. A certified letter was mailed to Mark Zuckerberg and the return receipt indicated that it was received by Facebook on 1/24/2017.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Robert E. Lee Has His Slaves Whipped and Brine Poured Into the Wounds

The vicious character of Robert E. Lee is revealed here.

The following account if from the book, “Slave Testimony: Two Centuries of Letters, Speeches, and Interviews, and Autobiographies,” edited by John W. Blassingame. It is published by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge 70893. It is in paperback and not expensive at all.

On page 467 in the section Newspaper and Magazine Interviews, 1864‑1938.


Interviewed, 1866(?)

b. Virginia

Enslaved: Virginia

It has frequently been represented by the friends and admirers of Robert E. Lee, late an officer in the rebel army, that, although a slave­holder, his treatment of his chattels was invariably kind and humane. The subjoined statement, taken from the lips of one of his former slaves, indicates the real character of the man:
"My name is Wesley Norris; I was born a slave on the plantation of George Parke Custis; after the death of Mr. Custis, Gen. Lee, who had been made executor of the estate, assumed control of the slaves, in number about seventy; it was the general impression among the slaves of Mr. Custis that on his death they should be forever free; in fact this statement had been made to them by Mr. C. years before; at his death we were informed by Gen. Lee that by the conditions of the will we must remain slaves for five years; I remained with Gen. Lee for about seven­teen months, when my sister Mary, a cousin of ours, and I determined to run away, which we did in the year 1859; we had already reached Westminster, in Maryland, on our way to the North, when we were apprehended and thrown into prison, and Gen. Lee notified of our arrest; we remained in prison fifteen days, when we were sent back to Arlington; we were immediately taken before Gen. Lee, who demanded the reason why we ran away; we frankly told him that we considered ourselves free; he then told us he would teach us a lesson we never would forget; he then ordered us to the barn, where, in his presence, we were tied firmly to posts by a Mr. Gwin, our overseer, who was ordered by Gen. Lee to strip us to the waist and give us fifty lashes each, excepting my sister, who received but twenty; we were accordingly stripped to the skin by the overseer, who, however, had sufficient humanity to decline whipping us; accordingly Dick Williams, a county constable, was called in, who gave us the number of lashes ordered; Gen. Lee, in the meantime, stood by, and frequently enjoined Williams to 'lay it on well,' an injunction which he did not fail to heed; not satisfied with simply lacerating our naked flesh, Gen. Lee then ordered the overseer to thoroughly wash our backs with brine, which was done. After this my cousin and myself were sent to Hanover.

Mr. Norris’ account though descriptive doesn’t really express what is was like to have salt or brine put in your open wounds. Being a victim he probably would not like to describe his own behavior. I am not exactly an expert on torture and its psychological impact on its victims. The following historical record gives a very accurate description.

An Eye Witness Account of a Slave Whipping Using Salt

“This white man was whipping him and the blood was all over this nigger and he was saying "o, master, o, master, I pray you not to hit me any more. Oh, Lordy, oh, Lordy, has mercy on me. Master, please has mercy on me, please has mercy." But this man wouldn't stop a minute and spits tobacco juice and cuss him and then starts in whip­ping him again. This nigger was jumping around on the ground all tied up, just like a chicken when you chops his head off when this man was whipping him and when the white folks would stop awhile this nigger would lay there and roll from side to side and beg for mercy.

I runs off a good piece when this white folks started whipping him and stopped and looks back at him, I was so scared that I just stood there and watched him till he quit. Then he tells some of the slaves to wash him off and put salt in the cut places and he stood there to watch them to see that they did. He was chewing his tobacco, spitting and cussing that nigger and when they gets him washed off and puts salt in the raw places he sure did scream and groan.

But when he groaned they just keeping putting the salt in to the wounds on his poor old beat up body.

The first thing that I know my father was patting me on the back and said, "Honey, you better run along home now," and I sure did and I didn't go back over there any more. That was the only slave I ever saw get a whipping.”
This is quoted on page 147 in the book, “An Empire for Slavery: The Peculiar Institution in Texas, 1821-1865.” It is an account of whipping by a white women remembering a childhood experience. The primary reference is Am. Slave, Supp., Ser. 2, IV, 1120-21, (Mollie Dawson). This book in the same section has the description of whippings and its use in slave life. The author Randolph B. Campbell is a professor at the University of North Texas. The book is published by the Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge 70893 and is available in paperback.

I enclose this text to let the reader know what it would be like to be whipped and then have salt put in the wound. Whipping is painful enough. Imagine the burning of salt in an open raw wound, it must have been like the fires of hell.