From: Bonnie Hollingsworth <bonh@citcom.net>
Date: Thu, Oct 23, 2014
Subject: Fw: Confederate Flag
To: Judy & Homer Price <Judi.HomerPrice@gmail.com>
Cc: HK Edgerton <hk.edgerton@gmail.com>

If you did not have time to read this link from this month’s Southern Heritage, take time to read it if you can:
 
http://www.godanriver.com/news/danville/city-still-talking-confederate-flag/article_241a849a-598b-11e4-8309-0017a43b2370.html
 
My group nationwide, even some in the NORTH joined me in writing a letter in defense of our "southern flag". Here is the letter I wrote:
 
—– Original Message —–
From: Bonnie Hollingsworth
To: sherman.saunders@danvilleva.gov
Sent: Saturday, October 18, 2014
Subject: Confederate Flag

I live in NC but am horrified that anyone, anywhere, would want to totally eradicate the Confederate Flag. It is part of our history, both for Whites and Blacks. One can no more change that than they can the Holocaust! Further, that flag NEVER flew over a slave ship. I fly that flag under my American flag, and I have Black friends.
 
Many Blacks actually believe that ALL slave owners were cruel people. Not true! One of my ancestral uncles went to JAIL for educating his slaves. They also had a chapel for the slave who wanted to learn about Jesus. When they were emancipated, only 3 young slaves chose to leave. Those who stayed were then given a small wage per month. They were happy, and could leave at any time. Why would they want to? They were provided food, clothes, education, and housing.
 
It further irks me that people like Sharpton and Jackson will NOT acknowlege the BLACK slave owners and expose THEIR attrocities. There were more slave owned by Blacks than by Whites in the Carolinas when the slave were emancipated. I believe it inherently WRONG for one man to own another man, just as I believe the Holocaust really happened.
 
The flag? It is a part of the history of this nation, and should stay, just like the "Don’t Tread On Me" flag should stay. I have a decal on my front door that says, "Heritage, not Hate" written on a Confederate flag. It IS my heritage, and I am proud of it. I am Southern, and proud of it. I am not a racist, and I am proud of that fact. I have a bi-racial grandson, though not of our blood. We adore and love him, just like we do all of the other grandchildren, though he is adopted.
 
This is total nonsense. History cannot be re-written nor should it be. To toss out that flag would be like tossing out the British Jack!
 
Please think about these things before a decision is made. Thank you for your time.
 
Respectfully,
 
Bonnie Fordham Hollingsworth
Rosman, NC 28772