Find Confederate monument vandal

Letter to the Editor
Friday, December 04, 2009

The Nov. 9 edition of The Augusta Chronicle published an article titled "Confederate landmark is defaced by graffiti." It is much more than a Confederate landmark, and it is not graffiti.

The "landmark" is a Confederate monument dedicated to the men who fought and died from Richmond County, and the "graffiti" is racist hate speech at a minimum! This vulgar, racist attack on the Confederate monument, according to witnesses, was perpetrated by two young black males. If this would have been a Martin Luther King Jr. monument or the James Brown statue, and two white males would have done this, the outcry would be nationwide. Local race-baiting ministers and national race-baiters Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton would be front and center demanding justice!

Why the double standard? They say that they denounce all forms of racism, but evidently it is only when it is beneficial to their wallets. I guess spray-painting or saying "I hate whites," "Cracker killers" or "Black power" is politically correct to say because it is only white people it pertains to.

Again, why the double standard? Where are all of the local ministers and community leaders who like to gather around Lady Justice at the Municipal Building for their weekly photo op, all the while decrying racism against blacks? Why not whites also?

I am a life member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and commander of the Brig. Gen. E. Porter Alexander Camp No. 158 of Augusta. Our reward for information leading to the arrest of the vandal has been raised to $1,350, thanks to a $350 donation from the Sgt. Berry Benson Camp No. 1672, Sons of Confederate Veterans in North Augusta, S.C.

This is one check I want to see cashed.

Lee Herron
Edgefield, S.C.