Originally created 11/22/04

Southern hospitality is thriving here

I don't get it. Practically every single day since my arrival here in Georgia, I've read something about whites hating blacks, and vice-versa. Yet, since my arrival here in Georgia more than four years ago, I have experienced the opposite. Four black folks greeted me upon my arrival here with "Good morning, sir" upon stepping out of my vehicle.

Then, a little more than a year ago, I was hired by a black manager. Since then, that manager has recently promoted me to shift manager. Shortly after my promotion, he said to me, "Seems to me that people used you for all the years you've worked vs. recognizing you for all you do."

Believe me, folks, racial prejudice does not happen here - at least not anymore. Up north it sure does, and on a daily basis. It's sad that, up north, blacks are killing blacks, people don't say "good morning," "sir" or "ma'am," and anyone with half a brain knows the rebel flag has nothing to do with hatred at all. It represented a colony seceding away from the Union.

Hate groups snagged the rebel flag as their banner, yes, but I can assure you that if ever the South must separate from the North, I will fly the rebel flag with pride, because this ol' Southern boy has come back to where he belongs, where everyone continues the tradition of Southern hospitality. Amen.

Daniel E. Leonard



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