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An Open Letter & Open Report / Confederate Memorial Day / Conversations
May 13, 2019
Confederate Memorial Day / Conversations
Dear Ms. Lunelle,
Friday, May 10, 2019, would mark Confederate Memorial Day in North Carolina. I would spend most of the morning and afternoon hours don in one of my favorite Dixie Outfitters shirts before donning the uniform of the Southern soldier later in the evening at a memorial ceremony in downtown Franklin, North Carolina, at the Confederate soldiers Cenotaph alongside the Sons of Confederate Veterans Jackson Rangers Camp #1917, and the Ladies of the Black Rose.
From so many who would surround me on this day, the conversation would turn to Silent Sam at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and especially the weak-kneed judicial ruling against two of the thugs who pulled it down, getting only a slap on the wrist. And the University still remaining in contempt of the North Carolina legislative law that the Cenotaph be put back from whence it was criminally pulled down in the 90 day time span given to put it back....to include the contempt of the former Chancellor removing the base of the Cenotaph, and receiving a hefty compensation with no reprisal for her illegal action.
A little old black lady who identified herself as Annie Mae, her age at 94 years, would strut up to where I stood, and ask what my opinion was of a black boy donning a Union uniform, posting the Union flag where Silent Sam once stood, and asking the Board of Governors of the University to place a Union monument in place of Silent Sam?
"Ms. Annie Mae", I would reply, "what do you think of that?" "Well," she began, "he has the First Amendment right to do so; however, I don't think he would be welcome on the campus by most of the Southern folk in Hillsborough County, or the campus community. And certainly to put a Yankee monument to honor those men of an army that came into the South burning, terrorizing, plundering, raping, and murdering Southern folks would be as, if not more, disgusting as the attitude from this governing body to Silent Sam."
She went on to say that far too many Southern white men and women had lost their mettle. There was a time when black folks would just stay at home and let their white folks handle this kind of Tomfoolery. However, just like her pappy and grandpappy had said as they sat around the dinner table when she was a child, "Black folks gonna get blamed for this. And there will be a heavy price for them to pay."
She went on to say that the newspapers and other media have made out the NAACP to be the voice of black people, both North and South of the Mason Dixon, and that this assessment wasn't even close to the truth. She said that she had been following my exploits for a very long time, and especially loved my interactions with the children. She would reach into her bra, pull out a white handkerchief, and carefully untie the knot on it, and hand me a folded $50 bill, telling me that she wished it was more, and hoped it would help me some. I think that I must still be around there hugging on her.
I am saddened to hear that a memorial to the last living member of the Tuskegee Airmen was vandalized at a black history museum in Winter Park, Florida. Not surprising, though, because Orlando was the first Confederate Cenotaph to be debased and desecrated by removal.
The Honorable Attorney Kirk D. Lyons of the Southern Legal Resource Center, who gave the keynote speech at the graveside ceremony in the slave section of the Taylor family cemetery, more than a decade ago, would warn of the slippery slope on the attacks of all things Confederate. His prophecy has come to fruition as George Soros and his well funded domestic terrorists have ramped up their program of social and cultural genocide against the whole of America.
God bless you!
Chairman, Board of Advisors, Southern Legal Resource Center
Member, Save Southern Heritage Florida
Recipient, United Daughters of the Confederacy Jefferson Davis Medal
Honorary Life Member, Zebulon Vance Camp 15, Sons of Confederate Veterans
President, Southern Heritage 411