Myrtle Beach
Sun News, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
16 July 2009
Lauren Pancaldo’s misleading and erroneous views (Sun News, July 10) on American history are absolutely breathtaking. With all due respect, a beginning college student is without sufficient knowledge in either sociology or history to make sweeping generalizations that are not supported by documentation.  There in fact were two Ku Klux Klans; the first had no flag, though the second nativist, anti-Catholic Klan was fond of carrying the Stars & Stripes in its Washington, DC parades of the early 1900’s. The Southern American soldiers of 1861 were no different than the soldiers of 1776, North and South, who seceded from England with African slavery intact. The Southern soldier in the War Between the States served in integrated units while Northern black units were segregated. And the South was the most tolerant region of the antebellum United States with very diverse cities like Creole New Orleans; plus Jewish Senators Yulee of Florida and Benjamin of Louisiana. Where is the intolerance?
Perhaps a South Carolinian might be disgusted with Pancaldo’s native State and publicly denounce its high crime rate, legendary political corruption of Tammany Hall, injustices done to the Indians and New York’s involvement with the slave trade of the 1700’s. They might point out that New Yorkers led by Martin Van Buren disenfranchised free black residents in the early 1800’s and initiated the first Jim Crow laws; and the rabid anti-Semite Ulysses S. Grant is buried in New York City. Does all this make the New York flag which flies over its Statehouse a symbol connected to hate? Shall we reject this symbol of hate and demand it be lowered?
We must realize that the writer only parrots what she was told by ill-educated teachers in a poor educational environment, a very strong reason to take education out of the hands of government. Those teachers who robbed Pancaldo of an education should be arraigned for this poorly-composed and naïve opinion piece, and surrender their teaching certificates.
Lastly, if Pancaldo is disgusted with a State whose people have apparently been hospitable to her and her family, and which accepts her as a guest in South Carolina, then I am sure New York anxiously awaits her return. Anyone who would publicly disrespect the people, culture, heritage and history of the great State of South Carolina in this manner needs to reside elsewhere.
Bernhard Thuersam
Wilmington, North Carolina

Symbol connected to hate should be rejected
By Lauren Pancaldo