Re: Lee and the Lingering South


Dear Mr. Greenberg:

Thank you very much for your timely article paying homage to the great American hero, Robert E. Lee. I sincerely appreciate the historical facts provided by you in the article, since in this day and age it is seemingly considered mandatory to disparage anyone and anything associated with the Confederacy and Southern heritage.

That being said, I was somewhat taken aback by your comment, "And so the Confederate battle flag may be waved at a racist rally."

As a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, I have participated in a good number of parades, memorial services, educational exhibits, etc. in which we have reverently displayed and discussed the Confederate flags, and your comment indicating that rallies at which the Confederate flag is waved are racist in nature is obviously very inaccurate and discounts efforts by such heritage organizations as the SCV and the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

You must realize that a sizeable percentage of Southerners honor our ancestors who fought and were in some cases maimed or killed in defense of their homes, their families, and their Constitutional freedoms under the Confederate battleflag, and such statements do a great disservice to the memory of those brave soldiers.

Let me remind you that racist organizations such as the KKK are required to display the U.S. flag as well as the cross of Jesus Christ at their rallies, but those objects are not derided as racist, whereas the Confederate battleflag, which is not required to be displayed at KKK rallies, is linked frequently and incorrectly to hate organizations such as the KKK.

Again, thank you very much for your fine article at this time of General Lee’s 201st birthday, but please refrain from casting aspersions against the battleflag when it is displayed in an honorable manner as a symbol of Southern heritage and history.


D. A. Anthony Brooksville, Florida