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H.K. at Dixie Republic / Possible cancellation of 7 Year Anniversary Tour March Across Dixie

From: Judi Price - judi.homerprice@gmail.com
Date: Tue, Dec 1, 2009
Subject: H.K. at Dixie Republic

Yesterday, November 30, woke up to a rainy mizzley day. I got up early (now those of you who know me know I don't do mornings) I emailed H.K. first thing and he said he would be down this way about noon, so we went to Dixie Republic on Highway 25, and there he was, said he got an earlier start than he had thought and had been there since 10 a.m. He continued to wave his flag on the side of the road and talk for a bit then we all went inside to warm up. I got the cutest shirt, has a Jack Russell in a cowboy hat on the back. H.K. got his Christmas gift from Scott. A new flag Then Homer, H.K. and I went to Golden Coral at Cherrydale for lunch, we took H.K. back to Dixie Republic and back up 25 to where we turned off on Highway 11 to come back home and H.K. continued on to Asheville. We gave him some chow chow, some green tomato pickles and some muscadine jelly. H.K. is such a good friend and we really enjoy time spent with him. I am enclosing two pictures we took Judi and Homer

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From: HK Edgerton - hk.edgerton@gmail.com
Date: December 2, 2009

I certainly appreciate the report given by Ms. Judi below. However, It saddens me to report that my visit to Dixie Republic may be the only part of my 7 year anniversary tour of the Historic March Across Dixie. This is due in large part because of the expenses incurred for the proposed trip to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and the loss of revenue caused by that cancellation. I have also had to put my planned visit to Davey Crockett High School on hold also with deep regret. However, I never give up until the last moment , and remain hopeful that I will continue on to Fairburn , Georgia on November 4, 2009.

It is important to report some of the conversation that I had with folks who like Ms.Judi and Homer who stopped to interact with me as I stood outside Dixie Republic. Two young people would stop and relate to me that they had been keeping tabs on myself and the Honorable Attorney Kirk D. Lyons for several years, and had come to a disturbing conclusion that those of their peers like Ms.Candice Hardwick of Latta, South Carolina , Tommy Defoe of Knoxville, Tennessee, and the students of Blount County did not and would not ever receive justice in the hostile Federal judiciary.

They went on to point out to me that Mr. Lyons had so eloquently presented the pre-eminent case for the rights of public school students to free expression ( Tinker v. Des Moines Independent School District ) in each of the aforementioned cases; remarking and proving that the students committed no aggressive or disruptive actions, that their expression of opinion was silent and passive, that neither Ms.Hardwick, Mr. Defoe, or the students of Blount County High in their display of the Confederate Battle Flag created no disorder or disruption, and that the rights of other students were not violated, and furthermore the ownership that Black students and their families had in the Southern symbol was systematically being stripped away by the same administrators and so called educators with the aid of this judiciary who now turned away from the letter of the law in support of political expediency.

They told me that they as Southerners first and students lastly, could find no justice in the courts of America if they chose to make a stand as I was now doing. Acting as the devils advocate I told them that these judges ruled in favor of these school officials because the school officials claimed that they acted reasonably because of their fear of a disturbance from the display of the Battle Flag, and not because something actually took place. Robert, I believe was what he had told me his name , responded by saying that if the schools would teach the truth about not only the conflict that took place between the North and South, and the supporting roles that not only Blacks, but also the Red and Yellow man, and arguably the Jews as well had as a supporting cast for the South; this dialogue would go a long way toward healing the planned hatred the North had planted with it's revisionist history and actions.

I was compelled to return to the Southern Legal Resource Center and read the Supreme Courts ruling in Tinker as it related to fear of disturbances : But in our system, undifferentiated fear or apprehension of disturbance is not enough to overcome the right to freedom of expression. Any departure from absolute regimentation may cause trouble. Any variation from the majority's opinion may inspire fear. Any word spoken, in class, in the lunchroom, or on the campus, that deviates from the views of another person may start an argument or cause a disturbance. But our Constitution says that we must take this risk... and our history says that it is this sort of hazardous freedom - this kind of openness- that is the basis of our national strength and of the independence and vigor of Americans who grow up and live in this relatively permissive, often disputatious society.

After reading this closing statement; I could only conclude as my babies had on highway 25; the Federal Judges had moved away from the law , while creating an atmosphere of implied immunity for those administrators and so called educators that would further an agenda of Southern social and cultural genocide. And for those who now moved into our homeland in vast numbers , easy pickings as their carpetbagger peers before them had found as they used unsuspecting Blacks as their weapon of choice against the only man in America who ever cared for their well being," the Southern White man", in lieu of the economic institution of slavery that brought them together as family as the whole world looked on in awe at what they accomplished .

I can only conclude as my father, mother, and grand parents concluded: Had we been left alone; the Judeo / Christian White folks in the South would have done right by us, especially with the advent of the Industrial Revolution. The whole of the civilize world was in awe at what the South had accomplished , and even after we had faced bankruptcy, had we been allowed to go our own way as was our legal right under the Constitution, a new Renaissance would have surely surfaced that the whole of America and the free world would have been proud of. A world where a man called Master and one who had been called slave, lived, worked, and played in harmony with the teachings of Jesus Christ always guiding their ever movement.