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Buncombe County Republican Party Executive Committee Meeting

Monday evening, January 28, 2008, I had the privilege of attending the Buncombe County Republican Party Executive Committee Meeting.As the duly appointed Buncombe County Education Committee Chair, as the conversations began to center around the Party's major fund raiser, I again reiterated to the full house gathered that the continual reference to this Party being the Party of Lincoln, and it's major fund raiser so named as the Lincoln/Regan banquet did not set well with me as a loyal Southern subject, and while I could accept the endorsement of Ronald Reagan as a name sake, I and the many knowledgeable Black folks that this Party continues to say that they want to target for membership and many of those who are Party members are more than offended by such reference, and I asked for permission to address the State Convention about making a change in it's policy directed to theis matter. I went on to say that I would not support or vote for John McCain, Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney or any candidate that attacked my flag or the honorable ancestors of the Southern people who went to war for what they felt was right.Before I could continue, I was interupted by a Yankee who wanted to quote the Emancipation Proclamation written by Lincoln as the saving grace that freed my ancestors from the evils of the economic institution of slavery. As I began to point out the fallcy of his statements, he chided me by saying that he wasn't going to sit and listen to my bull----, got up, stormed out and slammed the doors of the Ryans Restaurant meeting room.

I had not made my statement to offend him or any other Yankee that might have been present, I just clearly wanted to point out to him and all those present that the African people have been behind the eight ball in this country ever since Lincoln, without the permission of the United States Congress sent an invading force South to the revenue collecting Fort at Sumter, South Carolina with reinforcements after being asked honorably to leave with any compensation due to be paid by the State, and found themselves even further behind that eight ball as they were force by the Union League and corrupt Union military rulers to vote in the Radical Republican Party of Lincoln and watch helplessly as corrupt Africans filled public offices while were being manuvered like puppets on a string as the South was bankrupted and the loving and caring relationships that had been forged between a man that thye not only called Master, but also family and friend were put asunder.

I was not taken back by the Yankee's reaction,it has been a normal reaction to me from them;they cussed you out, spit out their poison and storm away. However, I was and am disturbed by the Southern White men who seem to always come to defend them. Many Blacks told me just this week as I stood at the Confederate Monument on the grounds of the Capitol in Columbia, S.C., that the so called White leaders in the South just make out that they care for the Confederate flag and their ancestors, yet they so freely vote for a man like McCain who on more than one occasion expressed his disdain for the Southern Cross.To them having a Black Yankee named Obama from Illinois was no worse for them than having a White Yankee like McCain or Romney who was being paraded in the State that led the separation from a man that had almost bankrupted the South and surely ushered in by his actions the separation of an honorable path for an honorable people that would have done right by those he not only called slave but family and friend.

I can only wish that those gathered would heed my advice and at least take the time to read my dear friend Mike Scruggs book titled the Un-Civil War to at least get some sense of why a son of former slaves, and a former NAACP President could so lovingly embrace the flag and the place of honor and dignity earned by the African people not only in battle under the glorious Southern Cross but alongside a man called not only Master, but family in a world that was complicit in the economic institution of slavery, and further put his life, and future in great danger daily, while subcoming to increased personal debts and humilations as the people he fights for give their support both physically and fiscally to those who hate us because after all we are just Southern!

HK Edgerton