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An Open Letter - Sandhills Middle School
April 15, 2020
Sandhills Middle School
Dear Ms. Lunelle,
As I read the account in the article about the Southern Cross posted in a social studies class at Sandhills Middle School in South Carolina, I could only applaud the social studies teacher's action, which mirrors that of Dr. Winston McQuen, formerly of St. Joseph High School in Greenville, South Carolina, more than a decade ago.
And while the school's leaders back pedal about what he did - saying teachers should be mindful of the diverse views of students, parents and community leaders - this should not mean that teachers and their institutions here in the 21st century should continue to advance a false narrative by history revisionists, and domestic terrorists (Southern Poverty Law Center & NAACP).
Not surprising, for in 1865, the establishment of the public school system, its agenda was meant to create divide between black and white folks and, furthermore, to inculcate into the thinking processes of our black and white babies that the honorable and courageous stand that their ancestors made against a tyrannical government bent on skirting the rule of law of the national constitution and the compact forged between them was a treasonous action. This agenda has gotten traction for far too long.
I don't think that this young girl is or was ever offended by the Southern Cross! That offense, in all likelihood, came from her mommy, who stood faceless and nameless before the media wringing her hands, with her body hunched over in a posture seeking sympathy from a public, while pushing the same talking points of the disgraced Morris Dees website at the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Will this child be offended if she saw a picture of the Southern Cross on the Berlin Wall after President Reagan challenged Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall? After all, it was a testimony to the fact that the flag is a symbol of resistance to tyranny all over the world.
Will she be offended if she sees a picture of the 31st Infantry Division out of Ft. Jackson, South Carolina (Dixie Division), under the command of General Douglas McArthur, during WWII posted?
Will she be offended if she sees a picture of Napoleon Nelson, Chaplain-In-Chief of the Honorable Nathan Bedford Forrest, and his grandson, the Honorable Nelson Winbush, at a United Confederate Veterans re-union, both don in a Southern soldiers uniform, and young Nelson brandishing the Southern Cross?
And, will she be offended if she thumbs through the pages of Terry Lee Edgerton's Historical March Across Dixie Photo Journal, as yours truly, don in the uniform of the Southern soldier with the Southern Cross in hand while marching 20 miles a day, six days a week, across North Carolina, South Carolina, stopping in Toccoa, Georgia, long enough to receive from a black Mayor, the Honorable James A. Neal, the key to the City?
And then on to Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and, finishing on the Capitol grounds of Austin, Texas, after having covered over 1,600.1 miles and, importantly, having garnered the testimonies of all those black folks along the way of the honor whose ancestors earned under the same flag that this young woman claims to be offended by? God bless you!
Chairman, Board of Advisors, Southern Legal Resource Center
Member, Save Southern Heritage Florida
Honorary Life Member, Texas and Kentucky Sons of Confederate Veterans
Honorary Life Member, North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia Orders of the Confederate Rose
President, Southern Heritage 411