Law Suits; On the Offense
 
From:  hk.edgerton@gmail.com
 
I have fielded a number of comments on my propose use of lawsuits in the trek to seek justice for the Southern people. Some in the minority feel that we have possibly had too many. However, I firmly believe that we need to move forward with lawsuits that are not merely defensive in posture, but with those that are offensive, and put the detractors of Southern Heritage on the defense who continue to defame and distort the memory of our honorable Southern ancestors with a modus operandi that projects Black Southerners as historical traitors to the cause of the South in the defense of her borders during the epoch of the War Between the States and having no ownership in the actions or symbols carried in that defense, then and now.
 
Clearly the mandate of the Federal Public school system established in 1865 and with the use of judicial force, Southern children are now beginning to look upon their ancestors in shame. The divide and separate theory has come full circle as a successful tool in the body politic , especially for young Black children and arguably their White counterparts who have no memories inculcated in their thinking processes of the likes of Holt Collier, Levine Carnine, Nepoleon Nelson or any of the Africans freed or indentured who earned a place of honor and dignity side by side as family with the White man of the South, whether it be before, during or after the War Between the States.
 
On April 25, 2009, the Honorable Jubal Early Camp # 556 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans will host a dedication in which media and visitors will come from all over the nation to witness the hoisting of the Southern Cross. Just like the event in Columbia, South Carolina of January 8, 2000, and the burial of the Hunley crew, the world will marvel at the gathering of Southerners, the spirit of Southern people will soar for weeks after the event. But, will little Candice Hardwick up the road in Lattta, South Carolina find justice for the terror she suffered in the federal school at Latta High? She would if her many young Black friends would fill the courtroom by her side. Will young Tommy Defoe from Knoxville, Tennessee who led the way for the only time that the Southern Cross went before a jury trial, only to find himself faced with a hung jury; when all the facts supported clearly that he had been injured by a politically correct acting administration who had violated his 1st Amendment Rights , find justice the second time around ? He will if his young Black friends filled the courtroom by his side.
 
As the Honorable General Patrick Ronayne Cleburn said;" these Black folks are our family, we understand them better than any, don’t let those who hate us come amongst us and take them away and use them against us". If we are as Southerners are to end the hostilities aimed at breaking the back of our spirit and the nobility of those who made an honorable stand in Dixieland, as Southerners, we must show the whole of the world that we are family, and no matter our differences, we will stick together.
 
Clearly it does not take a rocket scientist to understand that young Black children face the same hostilities that young Southern White children face when they display or bear the Southern Cross or express pride in the memory of their Southern ancestors. The best defense is a good offense. The whole of the civilize world is watching us and we must stand together in the body politic if we are to end the injustice that has been placed upon us because we are Southern. And I firmly believe that the courtroom is the best place to get started by removing the defamation and distortions of our honor and stolen wealth. Hooting and shouting it up for a day, and patting ourselves on the backs and telling war stories will not get the job done. Just ask the Dupont Seven or the children of Hayes High School in Austin, or Blount High in Tennessee. We had better find ways to hoot and shout it up together or the day is done for those of us who call ourselves Southern.
 
HK Edgerton
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