The Transylvania Times -

Legitimizing Not Intended


March 4, 2019

In response to the article written by Mr. Jergensen in The Transylvania Times, I would like to clarify that I was in no way trying to legitimize slavery. The objective, once again, was to state that in my mind the Confederate flag is a symbolic memory of those Southerners who lost their lives fighting for states’ rights, not to state my support of slavery.

My purpose was simply to point out the historical facts. I think that the Civil War era was one of the darkest times in the history of our country. Slavery was wrong, immoral and goes against everything I believe in.

My education did not fail me; I graduated in the top 90 percent of my sixth grade class. My church has never failed me. I believe that God talks like we do in the South. He probably sounds like “Bear Bryant.” Did our media system fail me? You bet it did and continues to do so. All of this “political correctness” stuff has gotten out of hand.

The Emancipation freed very few slaves. It was a political move by President Lincoln to keep the slave states in the Union. All slaves were only freed by the ratification of the 13 Amendment signed in 1865.

Unless Mr. Jergensen is “under a court order,” he does not have to read anything.

Hopefully, this will clarify my thoughts. I am very proud to be an American by birth and a Southerner by the grace of God.

Steve Tate



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