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An Open Letter & Open Report / The University Of North Carolina, Asheville
January 9, 2020
The University Of North Carolina, Asheville
Dear Ms. Lunelle,
As I stood on the campus of the University on North Carolina, Asheville, don in the uniform of the Southern soldier with the Confederate Battle flag posted, a young man would come to where I stood, with his arms open, and we would hug.
"Mr. HK, I have been following you with my dad since I was in middle school, and you spoke a lot about Rev. R.L. Dabney from Prince Edward County, Virginia, and his relationship with the African people. What do you think Rev. Dabney would say to the Southern African here in the 21st century as they are asked to legitimize the attacks on Southern symbols, Southern culture, the Southern white man and, arguably, Jesus Christ and the National Constitution?"
My reply.... "I think, young man, that Rev. Dabney would have said ... there is a common bond between Southern black folk and Southern white folk so designated by the Almighty God, who brought them together. It cannot be broken by man, or any agent of Satan. (See reconstruction, 1865-1877) This bond defines our success to social vertical mobility on earth, and a seat in Glory with our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ, together. Let not the legerdemain (sleight of hand, trickery, deceit) divides or separate us from that bond."
With a big smile on his face, he wrapped his arms around me once again, and said "Thanks, thanks Mr. HK, God bless you, and Happy New Year!"
Not a minute later, a construction worker would come to where I stood. "Mr. Edgerton, you probably don't remember me, but I shook your hand at the Old Courthouse in Hendersonville, North Carolina during a ceremony hosted by the Sons of Confederate Veterans honoring a black Confederate soldier, the Honorable George Mills, who brought the remains of his Master Captain, Walter M. Bryson, who was killed in the Battle of Sharpsburg, in a cast iron casket all the way from Virginia. I was so impressed by you because you were the President of the NAACP at this event."
This kind of scene would play out several more times before the rain and sleet came. The issue of Silent Sam would only come up once during my stay on this day. However, if those who support my work will look into their hearts and open up their purse strings, I can assure you that the Board of Governors at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, will be sorry that they paid out $75,000 to keep the Southern Cross off their campuses. God bless you!
Chairman, Board of Advisors Emeritus, Southern Legal Resource Center
Member, Save Southern Heritage Florida
Recipient, National Sons of Confederate Veterans, H.L. Hunley Award
Recipient, Asheville Police Department Citizenship Award
Recipient, Mississippi Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, John L. Harris Award
Recipient, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis Medal
Recipient, Virginia Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Robert E. Lee Award
Honorary Life Member, North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia Orders of the Confederate Rose
President, Southern Heritage 411