For your information, the “flag” in question, which flies at a monument on the statehouse grounds in Columbia S.C., is the result of a compromise reached by South Carolina lawmakers in 2000. BOTH sides at that time agreed to move the flag from atop the Statehouse to a monument on the statehouse grounds. Frankly, had I been a South Carolinian legislator, I would have told the NAACP and the NCAA to “stick it where the sun don’t shine” – and kept the flag right where it was. But, I’m not a South Carolinian, and neither are you. And the NCAA and NAACP are not South Carolina organizations either. It was an issue decided by South Carolinians and that’s the way it should be. You and others like you who do not hail from that state would do well to remember the wise old proverb, seldom used these days, but still wise nonetheless:


The NCAA would do better to focus on its own problems, like nearly illiterate semi-pro athletes masquerading as STUDENT-athletes, or why only 47% of its basketball players graduate college.

Black people have lived in the South happily since the end of the Civil War and until 1991, no one has said “boo” about the Confederate flag, which has flown on state property all over the South since the end of Reconstruction. If you need an example of how important the flag is to the majority of black people, then I suggest you hark back to the 2002 Mississippi flag referendum, in which the state flag with the confederate insignia in it won hands down by a 2-1 margin – and, I might add, in a state whose black population approaches 50%.I trust you have some statistics to back up your statement that the Confederate flag is seen “by many as a symbol of oppression”? If so, where are they? How many is “many”?

By the way, what’s with this “Black Coaches Association”? Is there a WHITE COACHES ASSOCIATION? If not, why not? I’d love to hear you expound on this – but you won’t, will you?

I’ll not argue the Arizona/King Holiday thing. Arizona had to wait 16 years to have a Super Bowl. I wonder if it was worth proclaiming a holiday for a man whose “files” have been sealed and cannot be opened until a year when most of us who remember his less-than-stellar qualities are dead and buried?

I’ll not argue the causes of the Civil War with you either. But, I will remind you that every country in the civilized world has had slavery at one time or another – I don’t think the U.S. or the South for that matter is so unusual in that regard.(“All we ask is to be left alone” – Jefferson Davis.)

I will say that if you’re expecting us to humbly thank you for “allowing” us to fly the Confederate flag on private property,(but not on state property), then don’t hold your breath. We will not accept the crumbs from your table. There are over 2 million citizens in Virginia alone who can trace their ancestry back to the Civil War and whose ancestors fought for the South. It’s the same in any other Southern state. Their views, their opinions, their feelings, are as valid as anyone else’s. So then tell me, oh great sage, where is it written that their opinions, their feelings, their sentiments, their history, must take a back seat to someone who finds their history offensive? I’m waiting for an answer – because I do not see anyplace where it is so written, other than in newspapers like yours and by people like you.

By the way, if someone at your newspaper wrote an op/ed piece promoting the opposite point of view, would they still have a job tomorrow?

I rest my case.

Bill Vallante
Commack NY
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