Jena, Louisana/ attn. Paul Colford

Dear MR.Colford,

Yesterday,January 22,2008, AP carried a report on the events taking place in Jena, Louisiana. In a caption of that report , you identified the Southern Cross that an individual was carrying as the Klan Flag. Wrong! I too was in Jena in December of 2007, as I made my way across Texas in celebration of the 5 year historic RE-Union March Across Dixie, and I carried the Southern Cross and was dressed in the uniform of the Southern soldier, and I can assure you Sir, our flag is not the flag of the Klan.While those folks that carried our beloved Southern flag have a First Amendment Right to carry any flag that they choose in America; it is not the property of the Klan, and is however, the flag of any Southerner who chooses to carry it, whether they be Black or White.I personally do not agree of the actions used on that day against King, nor do I find it appropiate that it was done. However, I will fight for the right of any American to express peacefully their right to demonstrate and express their feelings.

The people of Jena are a very decent people, both Black and White, and it is a shame that Al and Jessee and the so called New Black Panther Party would try with a culmination of lies to protray them any differently.I am so proud of Channel 8 News out of Monroe, Louisana who would come to Jena and interview Danny McDowell of Grayson, La. as we stood on the very same grounds of the LaSalle courthouse, engulfed in the love that we would received from the citizens that had been wronged.The real story of Jena was written by only one media outlet, and that was from Mansfield down the road. The Reconstruction agenda that Al and Jessee took to Jena is no better than your attempt to disgrace our flag, and you should get it right. Those young Black men in Jena deserve not to be treated as heroes, but only as the criminals for the actions that they conducted. The many honorable Blacks that went to Jena did not find a racist people, but only a Southern people who have a right to feel that they were wronged.Please visit my web site at, for an accurate accounting, and get it right about our flag.

You , nor those who now run for the highest office of this land will ever give credence to the notion that America is a great nation until the record is straight about an honorable people who went to war against their brother who invaded their homeland, and the relations that they had for a man they called not only slave, but also family and friend. The continous effort to make those of us who are decendants of those slaves, traitors of our homeland, the Southland of America,with some distorted view that we should be indebted to the North and hate the very symbol that put us side by side against that invader is an atrocity for the entire country, and a stain on the honor and dignity earned by our ancestors. Please set the record straight, and end this attack upon us with your bias against our flag and it’s people.

HK Edgerton