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My Flag / An Open Letter

As I stood over the bridge of Interstate 40 / 240 West in Asheville, North Carolina this past Sunday, August 5, 2007 , and again this morning August 6, 2007 on Main Street in downtown Black Mountain, North Carolina , Confederate Battle Flag in hand , listening to the many honks and returning the multitude of waves and shouts of those who pass me by ; I could not help but feel total pride in the reception I was receiving , and it was even further more rewarding because a great deal of this came from Black folks . As an Activity Bus passed me by loaded with White and Black children waving and shouting , my thoughts would go to the Summer Youth Camps that were the brain child of the Honorable Ron Wilson, past Commander of the Sons of Confederate Veterans ; I wished that there was a way to encourage the many young Black children who always seem to look at me in awe and admiration when I attend parades, re-enactments, or just plain hanging out with my flag ; to attend these youth camps, so that they too would learn not only of the great White men who fought and died for their Southland, but also of the Black men like Napoleon Nelson, Holt Collier, Levi Carnine, and Reverend Mack Lee, and not to forget the Honorable Black women who also proudly contributed in a major way to the Confederate cause.