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Invitation to GOP executive Committee meeting on June 25 / Yesterday An Open Letter

Yesterday June 25, 2007, I would invite my little brother Terry Lee out to lunch with the primary intent to convince him to once again join me on my proposed trek on the Re-union March Across Dixie and to complete the March Across Virginia to the White House. I knew that it was going to be a hard sell because Terry Lee is convinced that we did it , it is history, and that we should be playing the documentary of the journey all across America, something that we have received little support or interest to do. Before we could sit down at the table provided to us by the hostess, a young white lady approached our table and exclaimed to me that she noticed the Confederate Flag insignia on the shirt that I was wearing and that every time she saw it , that she was offended. The shirt that I was wearing just happened to be the historic Dixie Outfitters shirt that on the back bore the image of myself proclaiming me to be a Modern Day Southern Heritage Hero. I asked her where she was from ? With her Northern dialect, she proclaimed that she was from Asheville. I then told her of the time that the Union soldiers had come to Asheville, met with the Mayor and assured him that if he was provided with provisions for his men that he would not burn or sack the city. He would leave, and head out for Morganton, N.C., burn it, while some of his men would double back ; they would ransack Asheville; people would later tell that it looked like a snow storm in Asheville from all the bedding that they stripped in search for hidden silver and other valuables as they looted the town. I then turned and asked her to read the back of my shirt, she glanced at it quickly in a pretense that she had read it; I then insisted that she read it ; she did , thank Terry Lee and I for our time , and walked away obviously disappointed in her mission. She had gotten more than she had bargained for, and it would have been worse had I let Terry Lee loose on her like he wanted to. Terry Lee and I both knew that this young lady was no Southern woman, and certainly not from Asheville, even though she may live here now, and we held much conversation about those who like her that now inhabitant our homeland and blamed Black folks for the kind of rhetoric that she espoused.

Later on that evening, at the invitation of the Chairman of the Buncombe County Republican Party, I would attend the Buncombe County Republican Party Executive Committee meeting. I would be greeted very warmly by those in attendance. The Chairman would ask one of the Precinct Chairs , a White man from the most exclusive part of the city and county to deliver the invocation. In his prayers he began to thank God for the fact that because of the great Abraham Lincoln that we were all not now slaves, and the pride that we should all have for being in the party of Lincoln and Regan. When he finish with that diatribe, I couldn't help but to open that same big mouth of mine that had already gotten me in trouble for chiding a white man at a meeting in my home town for this kind of rhetoric. Just as the meeting was being called to a close, I blasted all those present for proclaiming to seek Black folks in the Republican Party while having the extreme need to be educated towards those ends , and furthermore that they needed an education committee . Before I could sit down, I was nominated and approved to chair that kind of committee, with several folks volunteering to sit on it.

I was stopped at the door by several people who wanted to know more about my concerns. I told them that this Republican party was not the Radical Republican Party of Lincoln, and that I resented the continued reference that it was, especially by Southerners. I went on to tell them that when I had run for Mayor, one of my dearest and most trusted friends, an 82 year old Black man who was now deceased, and who just happened to be a Real Son through his kinship with the late Senator Sam Irving , had told me that he could not vote for me because I was a Republican . I had asked him why ? He told me that his dad like a lot of dads of that time told him never to vote for a Republican because it was them who had stirred up trouble between Southern Blacks and Southern Whites ; influencing them with liquor , lies and women, and when this did not work , they used force to make them vote for the Republican Party ; and when they had clean the South dry; with the deal they made in the Rutherford B.Hayes election , they pulled out of the South and left Black folks behind to face all the hostilities of a angry White populous. I told them that while many Black folks did not fully understand as Mr.. Fred Harper had , too many Yankees come here to the South believing in the Northern rhetoric that they teach in the public schools here and across this nation about Lincoln as a hero to Black folks with the assumption that they believe it. However, this is not what troubles me the most. What is troubling to me is that Southern White people have become far too comfortable in their relationships with these kinds of men who now habitat our Southland , or just too afraid to stand up and call them out for what they say, and when a Black man like me does , it appears that I have forgotten my place , and the White men who set on the Board of Directors of organizations like the NAACP accomplish their mission just like they did during so call Reconstruction of using the Jesse Jackson's and Julian Bonds as the mouth piece of unsuspecting loyal Black folks who have to pay the cost for their actions that they claim are to help us. Even more troubling to me is that the very same people who call me names like money grubber when I try to raise funds just to help my Southland, and especially my Southern babies who stay in trouble for their honorable stands, are the very same people when you take a look that feel their coffers using the Flag as a means to those ends.

From: []
Sent: Friday, June 22, 2007 11:31 AM
Subject: Invitation to GOP executive Committee meeting on June 25

Mr. Edgerton:

I would like to invite you to attend the Buncombe County Executive Committee meeting on Monday June 25th at 6:00 at Ryans Steak House on Patton Avenue. We will be discussing the recent move by City Council to return to partisan elections and will be considering the petition to hold a referendum on the issue. Some of the executive committee members asked me to extend a formal invitation to you to participate in our discussion and this e-mail will serve as that formal invitation.

Thanks you for your consideration:

Mark Delk
Chairman Buncombe County GOP