Letter to Roland Martin
Dear Mr. Martin:
As a retired veteran and a government employee, I was appalled by your commentary that stated that Confederate soldiers were “terrorists.”
I had five Confederate soldier-ancestors who served during the War Between the States. They answered the call when their state called them to defend their homes and families from an invasive military force that was intent on subjugating their right to self-government. One of them died in the state’s service near Drewy’s Bluff, Virginia leaving a wife and two children.
I do not understand why you would be so intolerant of those who wish to remember the service of their ancestors and be so insensitive to those who have Confederate Heritage. Having a Confederate History month is not as if “White History Month” is being observed. There were many Jewish, Native-American and African-American Confederate servicemen who served with distinction and supported the South in its struggle for independence.
How is a governor proclaiming “Confederate History Month” so detrimental to your rights and freedoms as an American? All it does is encourage students to study our history. The powerful new media, of which you are a part, and most government officials will not even mention it. Are you afraid that the people will learn that Confederates are not the “terrorists” and “bigots” you proclaim them to be, but simply God-fearing people of many races yearning to live their lives beyond the influence of a powerful central government with racial attitudes not that different from the people of the North whom they fought?
It is because of these Confederate ancestors of mine that I was influenced to join the military and serve my country for over twenty years. One could say it is because of these Confederates, I put my life on the line defending the freedoms and right of people like yourself to call them “terrorists.”
Call them what you may, but you can never make the thousands of Americans believe their ancestors were “terrorists.” I suggest you discover how many African-Americans received pensions from the Southern States after the war because of their service to the Confederacy. If these men were alive today, I’m sure you would hear from them and it wouldn’t be pleasant.
So when you write your columns, thank the descendants of Confederate soldiers who were led to serve the military so you can have the freedom to do so.
Dr. Arnold M. Huskins
Major, USAF, Retired
Letter To Roland Martin
Letter to Roland Martin