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An Open Letter / The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Last week I posted a letter from a lady who professed some very ugly things about White people of the South and her twisted interpretation of the Southern Cross and it's meaning ; while the sad thing is that she was White , and in all probability a transplant, from the North . After that posting, approximately 125 people who are on my email list requested that they be removed. It was as if I had written the email. There was a time when I would only post the Good, but that is too much like history revision, and I have seen far too much of that. I wish that everything that I post would be of nothing but good . However, it would not be fair to my babies like Ms. Candice Hardwick of Latta, South Carolina , my babies in Blount County, Tennessee , or my baby girl who attends Eustis High School in Eustis, Florida , to not let those whose support both fiscal and humane they desperately need to help them in the honorable stands they have made for those Southern men and women who now lie in their graves and cannot speak or help themselves.

Had this woman walked with me on my Historic March Across Dixie or any of the places I have journeyed carrying the Southern Cross, she would soon come to know that the tautology ( a needless repetition of an idea ) she puts forward is not accepted by the sons of former African slaves as truth. Those of us who call ourselves Southern have an esprit de corps no matter the trials and tribulations that we face as humans ; that when the day is done , it is one of love for the Whites we are among , and our call for social vertical mobility is a plea for reciprocation for the honor , loyalty and dignity earned by our ancestors who stood by that man in the South that we not only called Master , but also family , at a time when his very own brother demarcated from the principals of a Constitution that they forged together .

I know that my Dear mom and dad who now rest in Heaven can look the Honorable General Robert E. Lee , and General Cleyburn, and General Stonewall Jackson in the eye with pride knowing that the name of Edgerton that their children carry is a stanchion for their homeland, the Southland of America, and that is the Good, no matter the Bad or the Ugly .

Your Brother,