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From: btzoumas@bellsouth.net
 
Folks,
 
The outright scorn and contempt displayed by Arthur Dowdell is symptomatic of the big picture. Which is, "special treatment" being reserved for the Southron people. I have long suspected this to be the case. I have long suspected that the tanned klan, naacp, does not really mean it when they loudly claim that the Noble Banner of the South only belongs in a museum. They wish to complete the dream of w.t. sherman, to wit:
 
A sincere wish that the war would be a war “of extermination and that all

[Southerners] would be driven like the Swine into the sea. May we carry fire and sword into their states till not one habitation is left standing.”—MRS. W.T. Sherman
 
“To the petulant and persistent secessionist, why, death is mercy.”—General William T. Sherman, Jan. 31, 1864
 
In fact, if you think about it, when they bitterly complain that the CBF is "a painful reminder of slavery", can anyone come up with a non-painful reminder? Does it not follow that all reminders of slavery have to be painful, by their definitions? Specifically slave museums?
 
This is also the result of decades and decades of hate directed towards the South. Well, actually a couple of hundred years of hate. Hate was what Lloyd Garrison printed in his newspaper, hate was what most of the ignorant northerners believed when it was read to them, hate was what they were taught in the schools, even into the 20th century. So much so that I was as much victimised by it as most anyone else. When I was growing up and progressing through the public schools, I did my level best to speak with proper English, without a Southern accent. I remember how proud I felt whenever some visitor I would speak with would tell me that I did not sound like I was from here (Florida). Why was that, you say? Because most of my teachers praised proper English, and discouraged the Southern drawl. Most of the teachers must have been yankees or yankee educated because none of them had even the slightest hint of a Southern accent.
 
Well, after learning the truth about my heritage, I embraced my Southern accent with the most vigor I could imagine because I want there to be no mistaken where I am from. Not ever again. 
 
So now we have people desecrating graves, knocking over tombstones, vandalising monuments of our Confederate veterans, history and heritage. I think we ought to find ought if Mr. Dowdell is a member of the tanned klan because it is pertinent to the case. Another example of their tactics to be used to discredit them. 
 
Sincerely,
Jimmy L. Shirley Jr.