The Transylvania Times -

Southern Heritage


June 25, 2018

This letter is in response to the article titled “Offensive Symbols Should Not Be Paraded,” referring to the people who carried the Confederate flag in the Memorial Day parade. I am totally impressed with their amazing ability to be able to read people’s minds and know what they were thinking and what their purpose was for carrying the flag.

There are many people in the South who have a southern heritage. I remember many years ago when I joined the Marine Corps that many of the folks from the northern states kidded me about my southern drawl. One of my friends from New Jersey purchased a Confederate flag and gave it to me to mount on the front of my locker as an act of good-natured humor. He certainly did not intend anything racist about it and none of the other black Marines ever expressed any displeasure or anger about it. It was just part of our heritage and nothing more.

I do not believe that any white people in the South believe that slavery was not one of the most horrible tragedies that ever occurred in this country, but we should also remember that every slave was captured by other black Africans who sold their black brothers for profit. I have never heard anyone speak a word of contempt or anger toward the black Africans who sold all these people into slavery.

“A bigot is a person who is intolerant of anyone holding a different opinion than theirs.” The authors are intolerant of those who hold a completely different opinion by carrying this flag. I assume that makes them bigots.

This is still a free country and their letter stirs up hatred and racism because of their intent to do exactly that without knowing the purpose of what these people may have intended to express.

I have a lot of pride in my southern heritage. I do not feel there is anything offensive about it. Many of my best friends while I was in the Marines and in my personal life today, as well as many members of my church, are black, and I am proud to call them my close friends.

Stanley Jefferson



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