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Don't romanticize the Confederacy


Date published: 5/27/2005

Don't romanticize the Confederacy

Apparently, the longer you live the more you learn. Case in point: an African-American male proclaiming his compassion and alliance to the Confederate flag, and less power to the federal government ["The South was about much more than just slavery," May 12].

I am somewhat amused at Donnie Hall's opinion in that he isn't alone in aligning himself with the Confederate flag or the confederacy. Well, I take very seriously what African-Americans endured under the Stars and Bars of the southern states.

Reading Mr. Hall's opinion reminds me of a phrase allegedly spoken by the father of former U.S. congressman J. C. Watts: "A black man voting for a Republican is like a chicken voting for Colonel Sanders."

Where's the logic? Without the intervention of the federal government, ratchet back a few hundred years and neither of our opinions would have been spoken loudly, much less placed in print. What little the African-American family had often ended in heartache, because families were separated and sold to slave owners to increase the agricultural production to which the writer referred.

In all sincerity, I don't think that when my ancestors fled to the North they held any illusions that equal rights would be bestowed on them once they reached the Promised Land. The idea of a better way of life and survival was the motive. The idea of fleeing and facing the unknown outweighed the reality of life in the South.

The federal government has flaws, as does any institution. We have choices in deciding who will run our government, and we step forward when states decide to trample over our inalienable rights.

Segregation implied more than our not coexisting as a nation. So I commend Mr. Hall for the worth he places on the Confederate flag over my American flag. However, I challenge him as he pledges or traces the history of his flag to see if he can find the words "With liberty and justice for all."

Elbert Bud Jones

Spotsylvania