Mississippi’s heritage includes Col. Reb, Confederacy

I would like to comment on the Sid Salter column concerning our state history and symbols. He obviously and blatantly is against symbols of our Confederate past.

He is right about one point, it is inherently futile to try to please everyone concerning our state’s “symbols.”

However, extolling the virtues of former Ole Miss Chancellor Khayat’s efforts in changing the symbols at that school sets the pace for his narrow-minded banter about ridding ourselves of anything Confederate.

The University of Mississippi was emptied and closed during the War for Southern Independence, a testament to the ties it has to the war, since the entire student body and many faculty members took to arms to defend their state against invasion.

While watching Ole Miss beat Vanderbilt on the gridiron recently, I clearly saw the word “REBELS” on the pants legs of the players and the announcers kept referring to the REBELS. There may have been a black bear cheering, but cheering was for the REBELS!

Our state flag was voted on some 12 years ago and retained in its 1894 form and still people say, "How can this be?"

It is obviously not OUR people who have a problem with the Confederate Naval Jack seen on OUR flag. It is not the "Stars and Bars,” Mr. Salter. The battle flag OUR troops fought and died under is and always will be a point of pride, sir!

Your six paragraphs on why the flag referendum was voted down can never explain the feelings of true Southerners for our storied past. You and the politically correct crowd want to equate our pride with slavery and it has absolutely nothing to do with that!

Mr. Salters, you would like for the “kids" at Ole Miss to work it out according to the values they place on “history and heritage.”

I can honestly say that they are not the ones who built Ole Miss or Mississippi.

I’m sure you and the PC crowd would like to turn it over to the easily influenced and liberal students.

I can go for that if you take out all those getting free educations and those from out of state.

The core of the remainder likely would be true Southerners. How about letting the people who support the university have a say?

The past students who are now donors and financial supporters should have a voice.

The many men from Mississippi who shed their life’s blood and left home and hearth to defend her should not have their memories tarnished by a group who subsists on hatred of their symbols, who justify their existence not by enhancing the hard won equality their members now enjoy, but by trying to tear down the symbols of Mississippi’s history.

That’s all they are symbols, but of OUR history, OUR heritage! The men who fought for the state, for the Confederacy, were OUR soldiers and are now and forever OUR heroes, sir!

Bert King
Collins