Racist Legion member kicked out of AL, Post 464 charter cancelled

Hudson Ohio is less than 2% African American

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[ Breaking Update: Editor’s Note: Good riddance to the chapter, that knew what was going on and let it happen, and the A-hole whose idea it was. I wonder who legally owns the post now?

“The American Legion Department of Ohio does not hold space for members, veterans, or families of veterans who believe that censoring black history is acceptable behavior. We discovered that the censoring that occurred at the Memorial Day Ceremony in Hudson, Ohio, sponsored by Hudson American Legion Post 464, was pre-meditated and planned by Jim Garrison and Cindy Suchan.”

I would suggest an IQ test for all of the Post members for inviting an officer to speak and thinking he would put up with that sh_t, and risk being “involved”.]

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The American Legion Department of Ohio has suspended the charter of a post in the city of Hudson after a Memorial Day incident in which the keynote speaker’s microphone was turned off during part of his speech that touched on Black people’s historic role in creating the national holiday, the state organization said in a news release.

“The American Legion Department of Ohio does not hold space for members, veterans, or families of veterans who believe that censoring black history is acceptable behavior,” the news release said.
The Legion said upon its demand, an officer for Lee-Bishop Post 464 resigned as a post officer and the American Legion has demanded that he resign his membership altogether. The state organization said it has suspended the post’s charter “pending permanent closure.”
The Legion said upon its demand, an officer for Lee-Bishop Post 464 resigned as a post officer and the American Legion has demanded that he resign his membership altogether. The state organization said it has suspended the post’s charter “pending permanent closure.”
According to the release, an investigation by the American Legion found that the actions taken at the Memorial Day ceremony in Hudson were “pre-meditated and planned.”
The Legion said organizers “knew exactly when to turn the volume down and when to turn it back up.”
Prior to the event, retired Army Lt. Col. Barnard Kemter had given a copy of his speech to the chair of the Memorial Day Parade committee and president of the Hudson American Legion Auxiliary, and she asked Kemter to remove a specific part of the speech regarding Black people’s historical role in the holiday, the Legion said.

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Ohio American Legion Investigated-investigating tied to Racist Memorial Day Incident

CNN)The American Legion of Ohio said Thursday it is investigating a Memorial Day incident in which a keynote speaker’s microphone was turned off during part of his speech that touched on Black people’s historical role in creating the national holiday.

Retired Army Lt. Col. Barnard Kemter was speaking at the ceremony held by a local chapter in Hudson when his microphone was lowered for nearly two minutes during a portion of his 11-minute speech, according to a news release.
Video of the event from public access channel Hudson Community Television shows the microphone cutting out, Kemter tapping the microphone and then asking someone to address the sound problem. Kemter can be seen continuing on with his speech without the microphone.
“I assumed it was a technical glitch,” Kemter told The Washington Post.
The American Legion of Ohio said it was “investigating this incident thoroughly,” adding that the actions “of the individuals in question do not represent the beliefs of the American Legion Department of Ohio and its members nor will they ever be tolerated.”
Kemter, in an interview with the Akron Beacon Journal, said he found it interesting that the Legion “would take it upon themselves to censor my speech and deny me my First Amendment right to (freedom of) speech.”
“This is not the same country I fought for,” Kemter added.
The speech was at Markillie Cemetery in Hudson, nearly 15 miles northeast of Akron. According to the American Legion of Ohio release, the event organizers asked Kemter to change parts of his speech before the event.  read more..

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5 COMMENTS

  1. I hope Lt Col Kempter will take a breath from the publicity and realize that he should indeed publish his entire speech and allow the lesson to move forward.
    I had no idea Memorial day was started by freed slaves from the civil war, and the fact that the Legion saw fit to cut his mic during that lesson, is completely not what I signed up for.
    I understand the idea of legions, but frankly, most people just piggy back it for cheap drinks. It is not something I would continue to put money in. The sons and daughters and auxiliaries (which Cindy Suchan {the woman who wanted the mic cut} was) have left the idea looking opportunistic and without merit. Actual warriors do not go there.

    • The lesson behind the lesson is, why did so many people who look like me NOT know the origins of Memorial Day ? (I’ve even marched in the parades) The whole thing of remembering seems to have found a bump……
      The hometown of John Brown deserves better. or are we repeating history in a bizarre circular drama ?

      “The Good Lord Bird” is the latest movie about him starring Ethan Hawke, and it is very good. I get it free at www3.bflix.to (have to click out of ads)

    • Do not denigrate places to hang out, drink, and dance with dangerous women. My favorite AL’s and VFW’s all have nice bull roasts and crab feasts and are totally integrated.

    • They have become clubhouses for the descendants to enjoy really bad cheap beer and chicken barbecue drier than a popcorn fart.
      There is no honor or pride in killing. Why don’t we see daily tallies of hospital workers who died in the pandemic. Every injury and death is carefully kept, for soldiers, because each one is counted as more justification. Not so much for other occupations. Saving lives is a bit different than taking them. No more War, no more celebration of War. Nobody is attacking us.

    • Ah yes, and the cheap drinks bring in all the alcoholic vets, where they get the wrong kind of treatment, but somehow still seem to live a long time. I think Gordon said the $2 shot of premium booze was actually a double shot, making it hands on the cheapest getting loaded in town, as six shot will certainly put you way unless you just came from and all you can eat buffet. 🙂

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