Tim Donnelly is a member of the California State Assembly. He was the lone vote in defense of the Confederate flag in a recent vote in the California State Assembly.
He came in third in the recent Republican primary for governor.
I have asked Mr. Donnelly to reconsider his vote for the Confederate flag. I sent him the following email to his campaign website:
Dear Mr. Donnelly:
I learn with regret that you were the lone vote for the Confederate flag in the California Assembly. When I was young the Republican Party was the party of Abraham Lincoln and not Jefferson Davis.
I am an investigative academic researcher into the neo-Confederate movement. I am published by peer reviewed academic journals and university presses. My resume is online at www.templeofdemocracy.com/resume.htm.
People coming up with rationalizations for neo-Confederacy enable that movement. At my online resume I think you will find material which will show why the neo-Confederate movement should not be enabled. Additionally there are free guest links to the my articles and essays and reports at “Black Commentator” which I think you will find informative.
I ask you to disavow your vote in the Assembly regarding the ban on the Confederate flag.
A person who enables the neo-Confederate movement should not hold any office of public trust.
I hope that you will consider this.
Edward H. Sebesta
Co-editor of “Neo-Confederacy: A Critical Introduction,” Univ. of Texas Press, 2008 (http://www.utexas.edu/utpress/excerpts/exhagneo.html), and “The Confederate and Neo-Confederate Reader: The ‘Great Truth’ About the ‘Lost Cause’” Univ. Press of Mississippi 2010. (http://www.upress.state.ms.us/books/1338). Author of chapter about the Civil War and Reconstruction in the notorious Texas teaching standards in Politics and the History Curriculum: The Struggle over Standards in Texas and the Nation, published by Palgrave Macmillan. http://www.keitherekson.com/books/politics-and-the-history-curriculum/