Once again we are e-mailing everyone on the Alumni list to ask for each and every persons support in the Allen Central Flag issue. Even after the students voted to keep the flag and we have repeatedly proven the large support by the local people of the ACHS flag, there are still those hell-bent on ripping it from the schools flagpole. There are those that have now resorted to agitating certain elements within the local population in order to make everyone in this area appear as racists. All of this just to take away a flag. These same people are chanting how they brought a Justice Department representative into the area. This is an attempt at scare tactics! Do not be concerned. Anyone can make that happen if you create a big enough lie! They are no more powerful than any of us. Please do not let this veiled attempt at intimidation get to you.

What we are witnessing is nothing less than "pity for politics" play by the other side. They obviously target one of the largest populations of African Americans in Floyd County in an attempt to get them to tell how they have been discriminated against over the years. Now for the first time in my 40 years on this earth, I am hearing how the African American population in Wheelwright has been discriminated against! I seriously hope they can see this for what it is. It appears they are being used as pawns. I would be furious over this action if I were them. Obviously the other side needs them to further their political agenda of taking this flag!! This is an outrage and I seriously hope the people in this area are smarter than either of those two think. If they were so concerned about discrimination in Wheelwright, then why haven’t they been there before now? This is so obvious that anyone with half a brain can see through this and it is a damn insult to my intelligence and it should be to yours too.

In an opinion article ran in the Floyd County Times by John Rosenburg. In that article the following was said, "As loyal African Americans related how they had experienced discriminatory actions during their lifetimes here in Floyd County, I wish the members of our Board of Education, the Allen Central Site Based Council, and students could have been there to listen". This article was referring to a meeting held in Wheelwright (can only speculate why they held it there) on Thursday at the Light House Temple Church.

Our reply to that is; WE WOULD HAVE LOVED THE BEEN THERE TO LISTEN except the meeting was kept secret and no one knew it had taken place until this article was published six full days later!!

Why was this meeting kept secret and not publicized in advance for others to attend? Why the cloak and dagger act? What is so secretive that you have to hide and conduct meetings in out of the way places? This is nothing less than very suspicious activity! Keep it in the open!! Do not hide in the shadows and plot! Now we are left to wonder and guess as to what secret plans are being hatched against ACHS and the people of this area.

This e-mail is a call to action by each and every single person that can attend the Monday night School Board Meeting or show some type of support in helping keep this flag! We need your support now more than ever!! It will be too late when people start complaining AFTER the flag is gone! If you do not act to save it, then you should not expect anyone to listen to you complain if it is taken! Up to now we have had a total of three or four alumni (not including us) that has actually shown any concern what-so-ever! People we need your help. We need it now. We have heard how some think we are acting childish in our attempt to save the ACHS flag. We would like to submit a few simple questions to those people: Have you ever stood up for anything in your life? Is it childish to let someone walk all over you? When someone comes for something you cherish, do you expect anyone to come to your defense? Those are some very important questions to consider. When anyone can come into our area and gather more support than people that have lived here all their lives, then it is indeed a sad day. If you have ever wondered why our local government seems to ignore us sometimes, then here is your answer: No one ever stands up for anything and they know it!

As for this small group of resistance, we ARE NOT going away! We ARE NOT going to be worn down over time! We ARE NOT going to stop even if they take the flag. If they take this one flag, we will replace it with a thousand flags all over the county! We will continue to hold the line on this issue and when we get old we will pass it on to our children. This is the measure of our resolve. We will not stand down! We will not give up! We shall not be swayed! Period!

We are humbly asking each and every person that can be at the board meeting to please show up and be heard! Just a few hours of your time to help save this flag. The other side is gathering local forces and now we must act accordingly. We must meet this with every single person we have available. This resistance must be done peacefully and without screaming hateful remarks if we are confronted.

-TRV