Stonewall Jackson Loans Raise A Fuss
I read your article about the "Stonewall Jackson" college loan, and I think the proper title for this article should have been "Black legislators raise a fuss." It amazes me that black legislators such as those mentioned in your article would be so bigoted as to consider introducing legislation to do away with a source of educational funding for disadvantaged children simply because they do not like the name of the loan.
Imagine if white legislators would introduce legislation to do away with a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. college loan, and attribute their reasoning to the well-known, provable facts that Dr. King was a serial philanderer, a frequent associate of Communist Party USA members, a plagiarizer in writing his doctoral thesis, and things of that nature that have no bearing whatsoever upon the positive things that he did accomplish during his lifetime. Black legislators and the NAACP would be foaming at the mouth screaming, "Racism!"
The "Stonewall Jackson" loan is not limited to one particular racial group, but is open to all who qualify regardless of their race, color, creed, or national origin. With that in mind, it is absurd for supposedly intelligent individuals to even bring this up for consideration. Do these legislators refuse to accept dollar bills because the picture of George Washington, a Southern slaveholder, is on the front of it? I doubt it, and I doubt the disadvantaged children who qualify for the Stonewall Jackson loan care whose name is on the $1,000 college loan they receive.
The black legislators who claim to be insulted by the name of the loan seem to require an education on what Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson REALLY stood for. Are they aware that T. J. Jackson was a United States Army hero during the Mexican War, an instructor at Virginia Military Institute, and a devout Christian who personally formed and conducted a school to instruct slaves in not only Christianity, but also reading and writing? In addition, he was responsible for the founding of a black church in Lexington, Virginia.
During a time in America when racism was so commonplace as to be the rule, Gen. Jackson was one of a small minority of individuals, North or South, who possessed a genuine caring attitude toward blacks, and is certainly worthy of any honors that have been bestowed upon him and his memory.
If Alabama’s black legislators were put aside their own agendas for a moment and actually ascertain how many blacks honestly care one way or the other about Confederate heroes, flags, and monuments, they would find that it is only a minority of Southern blacks who are actually offended by any of that. The majority of Southern blacks concern themselves with the REAL problems facing the black community, which are sociological, and have nothing whatsoever to do with the Confederate flag nor the name of this college loan. These legislators need to put their personal bigotries aside, and concentrate instead on doing what is best for the majority of Alabamians. This display of racial bigotry is extremely out of place in today’s diverse world.
D. A. Anthony