Honor all our Confederate ancestors

May 3, 2010

In 2009, the Georgia General Assembly approved Senate Bill 27, signed by Gov. Sonny Perdue, officially and permanently designating April as Confederate History and Heritage Month. This designation is no different than Black History Month and its purpose, other than it is hardly mentioned. The reason Confederate Memorial Day is hardly mentioned has to do with the ignorant perception of the Confederate Battle Flag.

The Confederate Battle Flag did not come into existence until after the Battle of First Manassas in July 1861. This flag is the "soldiers’ flag," and is a flag of honor! I know someone will respond by saying it is a flag of slavery, so I would refer them to the last portion of the first paragraph. Slavery was an issue in the war, but far from the main issue, as tariffs and taxation took precedence. Sound familiar?

Another reason the Confederate flag is vilified is because of its disgraceful use by the likes of the Ku Klux Klan, and because of the NAACP Confederate Flag Resolution of 1991. I consider the NAACP a hate group because of the hatred they verbally spew against my Southern heritage and the blame they place upon Southerners for slavery, even though slavery was legal under the Constitution. What about the black slave owners such as William Ellison of Winnsboro, S.C., born in 1790, and whose grandson Buckner Ellison fought for the Confederacy with the 1st S.C. Artillery in 1863? Say it ain’t so, Joe!

Diversity, tolerance and inclusion are the buzzwords of the day, but because of my heritage, I am not included. This, too, is racism!

April 26 was Confederate Memorial Day. It is a state holiday in Georgia. On this and every day, I honor and remember my 21 Confederate ancestors.

Lee Herron
Edgefield, S.C.