As anyone that has followed the torturous trail of heritage violations in this country in recent years knows, government schools have often been in the lead when it has come to trying to ban or do away with any symbol that might seen Southern or Confederate. This has been the rule of the day and the herd of politically correct cattle has feared to deviate from it. So little deviation has occurred – except in one recent case in Floyd County, Kentucky, in the heart of Appalachia. It seems that, at least up to this point, government school officials in Floyd County have been willing to think for themselves, thank God.

In this one case, a local government school, Allen Central High School, in Floyd County, not only has Confederate symbols and a mascot as part of the school’s persona, but they are quite content to have it remain that way. These folks, both students and teachers, do not view Confederate symbols as racist. They appear to have done enough homework that they realize the truth, which puts them miles ahead of most.

Although I am no fan of government education, yet I agree with these folks that Confederate symbols are not racist, were not racist in the beginning, and should not be so considered now, just because some questionable groups have used and abused them. The original intent of the Confederate battle flag had nothing whatever to do with racism, and blacks fought under that noble banner as well as whites.

Yet in our day, certain ambulance chaser types have found it most convenient for their own purposes (often financial) to portray the Confederate flag in a highly negative manner. To call some of these people dishonest would be charitable. Groups such as the NAACP have zealously promoted the "Confederate flag is racist" issue over the years in order to perk up a flagging membership or to refill their financial coffers when contributions had fallen off. Sadly, it has worked.

In the situation at Allen Central High School, supposedly students at a basketball game were "taunting" a black player from another school by waving Confederate flags at him as he went to the foul line to take a foul shot. Some folks, upon reflection, say they can’t recall this student being "taunted" by Confederate flags, but hey, never mind that. If we’ve got one Confederate flag anywhere in the auditorium, whether being waved or not, the ambulance chasers are going to attempt to make hay out of it.

The visiting coach for the team with the black player is a liberal lawyer (supposedly a supporter of Bill Clinton) and so he’s making a big fuss. On top of that a "civil rights" activist all the way from Louisville has come onto the scene to, naturally, try to persuade the local school people to do away with their Confederate flags. That would be the Rev. Louis Coleman, who is apparently pretty well known in Kentucky for involving himself in issues like this. One columnist called Coleman "the man for all protests." In other words, no matter what the issue, it seems that Coleman will be out there fussing. But then, a chance to fuss about Confederate symbols must be like a dream come true to him. A vest-pocket version of Je$$e Jackson?

Coleman sent a letter to the county school officials in Floyd County telling them in no uncertain terms that an all-white student body with Confederate symbols simply will not be prepared to partake of a "diverse society where these symbols have already been eliminated." In other words, folks, you will never be accepted as part of the New World Order unless you are willing to trash your culture and show the correct amount of "everlasting repentance" for ever having treasured it to begin with! That’s all it takes, folks. Just renounce your history and heritage, be properly ashamed of it, and you will be duly admitted (to second-class citizenship) among the ranks of the politically correct zombies who know no better.

So far, the folks at Allen Central High School have rebuffed the "tender mercies" of the ambulance chasers and history benders. Let’s fervently hope they continue to do so.

There is supposed to be a school board meeting in Floyd County sometime this month at which Rev. Coleman will appear to give the local folks one last chance to slit their cultural and historical throats. Let us pray that they continue to show both good sense and backbone, and tell Coleman to go back to Louisville and mind his own business. Rev. Coleman sounds to me somewhat like a modern-day carpetbagger.

Kenneth Hensley

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