When Will The War End?
From: jbwaring [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, February 19, 2007
Dear Mr. Zimmerman:
My mother always told me that there are two sides to a story. One question I have
to you is what Sons of Confederate Veterans meeting did you attend? To say that
the Sons of Confederates Veterans down plays the South's role in it role in slavery
is an out right lie. Robert E. Lee said that slavery was a moral evil. I am a
proud member of the SCV and agree with Gen Lee's view of slavery as a moral evil.
As far as the down play of segregation and Jim Crow laws is another misstatement
about the SCV. I don't know a soul in the SCV who wants to return to Jim Crow
Laws and is of the belief to keep a person of any race down. Blacks in America
were done a great wrong but so were all Southerners black and white. For me to
go over all the wrongs and crimes that the US Government has done the South it
would take a large book.
I know HK Edgerton and consider him a friend. He speaks the truth and knows his
history. He could run rings around most people on the subject of the South. If
any school or civic group denies him to speak they are doing it because are afraid
of a black man that has a higher intellect and fear the truths he has to offer.I
would be proud to stand by his side in fighting bigots of any stripe. HK Edgerton
knows the truth. He fought racial injustice when he was President of the Ashville
chapter of the NAACP. He has fought all forms of bigotry his whole life. If the
Confederate flag went away tomorrow it would not end racism. The anti Confederate
flag issue started in most recent times by race card con artist who have demonize
the CSA Flag for a cash cow. It is true that the KuKluxKlan flies the CSA flag
at the disapproval of all decent Southerners. It is also true that the Klan flies
the United States flag and the Christian flag. I don't see an outcry to ban those
flags. It is the victorious North's version of history that has left out many
true facts of the War Between to cover up their own crimes. It is not Southern
ignorance which is the problem but Northern victors denial. It is irresponsible
journalism that report half truths and spin the stories. Many journalist and reporters
have their own political agenda. A few journalist today will lie to sell a story.
They don't care who they hurt or the individual's life they destroy. When journalist
take it upon themselves to be another branch of goverment they are violating there
own mission. This war will not end until lies and distortions against all Southern
people cease. The truth will set you free Mr. Zimmerman try it sometimes. You
may find it more honorable.
John B. Waring
In response to:
When Will the War End?
Sunday, Feb 18, 2007 - 07:16 PM
For one rural Floyd County high school it’s all about identity. Red,
white, and blue is everywhere you look.
At Allen Central High School it’s all about the "stars and bars."
The rebel flag is painted on the gym wall, on the gym floor, there are rebel
flag shirts for sale at games, and it’s painted in the front hall of the
One student put it this way, “It’s just part of our heritage.”
But it’s not a topic Lorena Hall, the principal at Allen Central, wanted
to talk about. She wouldn’t go on camera to talk to Action News 36 about
her school’s controversy.
Superintendent Paul Fanning did talk about the subject. “There has been
no racial intent to offend anyone."
Fanning has spent the better part of two months playing the role of mediator.
Early in December, an opposing high school basketball coach from David Independent
boycotted a game against the Rebels because of their flag.
David Principal Emma Kriz blames her coach for the controversy. His story has
since changed. "My students all say they did not vote to boycott",
said Kritz. After hate mail was sent to David students, the game was postponed,
then rescheduled and played inside a closed gym, away from fans and the news
The Confederate battle flag controversy didn’t end with one game, or one
school's symbols. African American Studies Director at the University of Kentucky
Nikky Finney said, "This is southern history, but they don't say what else
Finney explains that much of the rebel flag, and its symbolism, is tied to the
harshest racism directed toward African-Americans in the south. When she recalls
her upbringing in South Carolina, "violence, hatred, separation" are
the words that come to mind. "The Confederate flag is behind every, or
most, of the division and hatred between blacks and whites in the south."
Allen Central High School principal Loren Hall did ask a group to come to her
school to discuss the issues of the flag, and its southern roots.
The president of a group called Southern Heritage 411 spoke with Action News
36, and called slavery a positive event in our country's history. H.K. Edgerton
is an African-American. Edgerton was accompanied by “Sons of Confederate
Veterans,” a pro-Confederacy organization who glorifies the Civil War,
and downplays southern involvement in the harsh treatment of African-Americans
throughout the Jim Crow South.
Hall turned away these groups at the last moment, because she would have been
forced to let a civil rights activist from Louisville address her student body