Sons of Confederate Veterans, Inc. Challenges Jay Leno Remarks
ELM SPRINGS, Tenn. - Apr. 17 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- The Sons of Confederate
Veterans, one of the oldest veterans organizations in the United States, have
publicly challenged NBC's "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno over comments
he recently made on the program.
In his monologue to open the April 10, 2007 'Tonight Show," Leno stated
in reference to Don Imus, the talk radio host recently fired because of racist
comments made on his program: "They say [Imus] is still working on raising
funds for his favorite charity, the sons of the Confederacy (sic)."
"Sadly, this is a predictable statement made by someone who obviously
doesn't know better," Sons of Confederate Veteran's Commander in Chief
Christopher Sullivan said in reaction to Leno's comment. "Even though he
is in front of millions of Americans every night, Jay Leno is a product of the
same media system that has systematically attempted to equate the Confederate
soldier with racism."
"I challenge Mr. Leno to provide any kind of substantive evidence to support
his assertion that the Sons of Confederate Veterans supports racist causes or
motivations, as he has inferred with the joke made on his program," Sullivan
"Unfortunately, racism is a part of any culture, and America is not immune
to it in any region, be it north, south, east, or west," Sullivan said.
"While it is regrettable that Mr. Imus made his racially charged and derogatory
comments about the Rutgers ladies basketball team, it is equally offensive that
Mr. Leno would attack Southerners the way he did. Mr. Leno ought to apologize
for his offensive remarks."
"The SCV is all about protecting the honor of the Confederate soldier:
no more, no less," Sullivan concluded. "Skin color has nothing to
do with the task of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, as those soldiers were
of many different races, ethnicities, and national origins. Obviously, Jay Leno
doesn't know his American history very well, or he would have known that before
he made such an ignorant and uninformed statement."
The Sons of Confederate Veterans is a fraternal, non-political, and non-partisan
military and heritage organization founded in 1896 to perpetuate the honor of
the fighting soldier of the Confederacy. It has over 30,000 members spread through
the 50 states.
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