Neo-Confederacy

Silent Sham update: $74,999 went to the Daughters, not the Sons

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And it actually paved the way for the sham lawsuit itself:

Through the SCV, the UNC System directed its $74,999 payment into the hands of Sara Powell, president of the United Daughters of the Confederacy North Carolina Division Inc.

Those funds incentivized Powell to cut her own deal on behalf of the UDC, allowing the SCV to “turn around and sue the (UNC System Board of Governors), so we could settle it and give them $2.5 million,” one person close to the UNC System's board said.

It's like when you detect a suspicious odor in your fridge, and then you discover a container of ancient leftovers hidden behind other stuff. You think it smells bad before you open the lid, but then you're gagging and racing it outside to the trash can. There are so many aspects of this case that stink, but quite possibly the worst one is the effort to avoid/evade scrutiny by the Attorney General's office. The UNC Board of Governors gave away a pile of cash so they would be forced to give away a much bigger pile of cash. Forget the damn statue for a moment; that activity alone is enough to have that Board completely replaced, or at least all the Board members who were involved. But don't expect BergerMoore to lift a finger. And don't expect the Board of Governors to police itself, either:

Judge Baddour should recuse himself from Silent Sham case

Because you can't perform oversight of yourself:

The day before Thanksgiving, the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) filed a lawsuit against the University of North Carolina over the "Silent Sam" Confederate monument that stood on the Chapel Hill campus before it was torn down last year by anti-racist protesters. Seven minutes later, Superior Court Judge Allen Baddour signed an order settling the case and requiring UNC to give $2.5 million to SCV to build a place to house the statue.

Going out on a limb here, because I am not a lawyer, but: The timeline (of lawsuit filed to order signed) raises some pretty big red flags. In order for the Judge's order to have been "well though-out" with all the T's crossed and I's dotted, he would have to have seen the text of the lawsuit before it was filed. And he would have had to be involved in the scheduling (timing) of the filing, so he could be available to sign off a few minutes later. Nothing wrong with that per se, it happens in civil suits from time to time. But it does demonstrate clearly that Judge Baddour was aware of the potentially huge opposition to such a deal, and the need for it to be taken care of quickly with little or no public exposure. And therein lies the problem, and the Judge's possible conflict of interest moving forward. By denying student and faculty intervention in the case, he has also blocked any "on the record" questions about his own involvement. There is no "adversarial" element in this case, no opposing counsel to present evidence, except what the Judge himself deems relevant. And since a reversal of his order would be an admission he made a mistake previously, the likelihood of that (ideal) outcome is small. Justice cannot survive under those constraints, this case needs fresh eyes.

SCV members complain about exremist takeover of group

And it's a lot uglier than we thought:

Internal conflict has intensified within the North Carolina Division Sons of Confederate Veterans Inc. since its questionable settlement with the UNC System weeks ago. The settlement accrued the organization ownership of Silent Sam, as well as $2.5 million in UNC System money to fund the Confederate monument’s “preservation and benefit.” Kevin Stone, the state chapter’s commander, called it a “major strategic victory” for the pro-Confederate movement.

But multiple current members of the SCV chapter led by Stone, who spoke to The Daily Tar Heel and were granted anonymity based on personal safety concerns, are taking a far different tone.

Before we get into the nuts and bolts, I just wanted to comment on how very common this situation is, when petty tyrants move into positions of authority. It happens on condo boards, homeowners associations, committees and commissions, and even political party sub-groups (county, caucuses, etc.) These people will inevitably play upon your prejudices, in an effort to create an aura of conflict that doesn't exist (yet), and once placed in power they make that conflict a reality. Needless to say, when you see one of these people, run like the wind. Back to the confederacy of dunces:

A legal challenge to Silent Sam deal is imminent

Joe Killian at NC Policy Watch is all over this:

“I’m going to do everything I can to fight it,” Doucette said in an interview with Policy Watch Wednesday. As a student, Doucette served as president of the UNC System Association of Student Governments, which made him a non-voting member of the UNC Board of Governors in 2008. He said he’s disgusted with the way the board has handled the Silent Sam issue. Last week’s settlement led him to get actively involved.

Doucette said he’s been talking with fellow attorneys and interested parties since the settlement was announced. He’s identified a number of irregularities in everything from how the issue was handled at the Board of Governors level to the finer legal points of the settlement itself. “If I can find people willing to get involved in filing a lawsuit, I’m going to do it,” Doucette said.

I've been following Greg's progress as he's dug into this issue, starting with the leaked e-mail where Kevin Stone was bragging to his fellow SCV members about his "backroom" deal with the UNC BOG. At the heart of the (legal) matter is the fact that the SCV lawsuit would not have passed muster if UNC had actually opposed it:

NC probation officer also leader of Confederate group

I wonder how many African-Americans he's put back in jail?

During the throes of the fight over the Silent Sam Confederate monument at UNC, the North Carolina Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans was on the front lines, defending the statue of a symbol of proud southern heritage. The division's commander, Kevin Stone, was a vocal defender.

Now, state officials are confirming to ABC11 that Stone is also a probation officer assigned to Chatham County.

Probation officers exercise a lot of discretion in their duties. They "check up" on their charges when they see fit, and can execute a search of the premises without a warrant or even a suspicion of wrongdoing. Many who are convicted of a crime and receive no jail time in the sentence, end up serving time for a probation violation. With all that in mind, please note the upside-down "V" on Stone's quasi-uniform. That's the Lambda "Shield Wall" symbol of a White Supremacist group:

Racists come out of the woodwork for confederate flag rally

Apparently they're being "brutally attacked" because of their beliefs:

“The lunatic in Charleston did not understand our flag, our symbols or our heritage. … He was a racist. He was a bigot, and above all he was a lunatic,” said a rally organizer, Bill Starnes of Mount Holly.
But Starnes and others said they, too, have been victims of “attacks upon our heritage and our culture,” as Pastor Creighton Lovelace said in a prayer.

“We should be in prayer for those families in South Carolina,” Starnes said. But, citing calls for removal of the flag, he added that “we have to be here doing this because we have been so brutally attacked.”

I don't see you lying in a pool of your own blood, so maybe you should STFU about brutality. And as far as that "pastor" leading their prayers, he's quite a piece of racist/bigoted/lunatic work:

If this man was black, he'd be dead now

White privilege just doesn't seem to cover it:

A white Rocky Mount man on probation for aiming his shotgun at black children has been flying dozens of Confederate flags over his compound-like home in the predominantly black Arrington Avenue neighborhood for years.

West was charged in 2010 with assault with a deadly weapon. He was accused of firing a gun during a fight in the street then pointing the weapon at responding police officers. West backed into his fenced yard as more police officers arrived and surrounded the house. After a tense standoff, West surrendered to authorities, according to archived news reports. He eventually pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of discharging a firearm within the city limits.

Bolding mine. If he had been black, they would have gunned him down without blinking an eye. Even if they hadn't, there's no way they would have reduced the charges after arresting him. He's threatened children with a deadly weapon, but kept both his freedom and his guns. And this comment is very telling:

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