At least five of my ancestors served the Confederate States of America during the War of Northern Aggression. Four of them died in action, two brothers on the same day at Malvern Hill. My great-great-Grandfather, by the grace of God, made it back home to raise a family on the family farm in south Georgia; otherwise, I would not be here to write this letter.
None ever owned a slave and not one of them fought for slavery. It just wasn't something one would die for.
The Confederate battle flag should not have been put atop the South Carolina Statehouse to begin with. It was a stupid and spiteful thing to do. However, two wrongs don't make a right, and I do not believe the flag should be brought down by a bunch of "self serving" thugs, such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and its ilk.
If any good can come of this unholy fiasco, it may be that the thinking black Americans and the thinking white Americans can wake up to the fact that these black organizations -- like the Ku Klux Klan -- are racist organizations, and are there only for their own power and self-enrichment at the expense of racial harmony and peace. ...
Lonnie Burkett, Langley
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