The Transylvania Times -

Southern Pride Depends On Ending Racism


July 9, 2018

As one southerner to another I respond to Stanley Jefferson’s June 25 letter. I grew up in Vicksburg, Miss., where public offices closed on Confederate Memorial Day but remained open on July 4 because Vicksburg surrendered to Grant on July 4 and folks stood for “Dixie.” Like Jefferson, I take pride in my southern heritage.

However, I grieve the slavery and apartheid which followed, the attacks on civil rights demonstrators by crowds carrying Confederate flags and police with dogs and batons, and the bombing of black churches, often marked with a Confederate flag. Being in my high...

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