Were going to be

January 24, 2003 3:19 p.m.

We’re going to be getting back to the Confederacy, treason and other related matters. But first we wanted to share with you an email we received this afternoon from Jim B.

Mr. Marshall,

Perhaps the denizens of Washington, D.C. will take no offense at your diatribe regarding the South and the Sons of Confederate Veterans in the subject article(s), but those of us who are Southerners, with ancestors who served the Confederacy certainly will. Judging from your picture and the derived age of the person photographed, you probably never received any instruction in our countrys history other than the revisionist garbage now taught in our wonderful, diverse education systems. Slavery was certainly an issue that led to the War of Northern Aggression (who invaded who?), but it was not until lincolns second run for the presidency that it took the fore-front. I’m betting you’ve never read any of lincolns personal correspondence. He was a racist of the worst sort. So, please don’t tar us with the racist brush. After all, it was you yankees that imposed Reconstruction, put thousands of blacks in judgeships, state houses, and positions of authority. Positions they largely were totally unsuited for. In the South, blacks used to be part of the family. Now we are enemies; enemies because you yankees imposed your views and values to the benefit of no one but yourselves. It was not and is not illegal to secede. In fact, the Constitution specifically mentions that we as citizens can turn out the government when it becomes oppressive. Mr lincoln decided the Souths secession was illegal. That’s the reason for the war. But, you will never read or research or examine facts and conditions that led to that unfortunate war. You’ve got your pious, one-sided view and that’s that. You know, you would have served well in the Catholic Church during the Inquisition.

So, lay off. You yankees have a history of racism and disrespect for blacks which far exceed that in the South. If anything, your legacy is much more shameful because your racism was calculated and cloaked in ‘the law of the land’.

Finally, the Sons of Confederate Veterans is not racist. We do demand that you not label us or restrict the public display of our ancestors flags and symbols. And that’s a fair demand. Oh, by the way, what the heck is a neo-confederate?

Jim [** last name suppressed by the editor **]

Alas, the unfinished work of Reconstruction …

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