Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Barnard Kemter had his sound cut off by event organizers while giving a speech during the national Memorial Day celebration in Hudson, Ohio.
This occurred just after Kemter recounted the historical participation of freed black slaves honoring soldiers who died shortly after the end of the Civil War, the regional Akron Beacon Journal reported June 3.
The suspension of sound to Kemter was intentional and not due to technical failures, which caused outrage among many citizens, who saw it as an act of censorship of a veteran and an expression of the cancellation culture pushed by Democrats and leftists.
Kemter was the keynote speaker at the event, and the organizers had already revised the speech and removed parts of it.
“In recent years, the origins of how and where ‘Decoration Day’ began has sparked lively debate amongst historians,” Kemter said, according to The Hill.
He added, “However, Yale historian David Blight, asserting the holiday is rooted in a moving ceremony, [it] was conducted by freed slaves on May 1, 1865, at the tattered remains of a Confederate prisoner of war camp.”
He added, “The ceremony is believed to have included a parade of as many as 10,000 people, including 3,000 African American schoolchildren singing the Union marching song, ‘John Brown’s Body,’ ” he said. “They were carrying armfuls of flowers and went to decorate at the graves.”
After the outrage, Kemter said, “I find it interesting that [the American 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,” USA TODAY columnist Connie Schultz tweeted.
Organizer Cindy Suchan told the Akron Beacon Journal that the part of Kemter’s speech where the audio was cut off “was not relevant to our program for the day.”
However, the event’s audio engineer, A.J. Stokes expressed outrage, saying, “That was very improper. I would never have done something like that,” adding that he was “very upset” about the incident.
Likewise, Hudson state Rep. Casey Weinstein called it “an embarrassment.”
“This is an EMBARRASSMENT.I want to know why the organizers felt they had to censor this veteran at our Hudson Memorial Day event!” claimed Weinstein.
The event organizers’ abuse would be another expression of people pushing Critical Race Theory (CTR) with Marxist roots, pushed by far-left groups like Black Lives Matter and Antifa.
One of the purposes is to erase traditional culture and education under the banner of promoting ‘non-discrimination against the black race.’
Parents and several U.S. lawmakers have protested against it, saying that CTR is nothing more than indoctrination.
Many black people, supposedly the subjects that CTR purports to support, are voicing their protest against the system, considering it immoral, and that it has the opposite effect.
In March, a black woman stood up for herself in front of the Ohio school board meeting in Beachwood. She alerted everyone that the concepts covered in the curriculum only resulted in a more hostile culture.
“Within Beachwood Schools, black kids are turning against white people of all ages. And white kids are hating their parents and their success and their heritage and calling them racist only because you don’t understand the black race,” the woman slashed the CRT lessons.