Re: Stonewall Jackson Loans Raise A Fuss


My Letter to the Editor:

To the Editors:

Apparently, the state has to stop that bad old Stonewall Jackson fund. What next? The black “Reverend” Wright can openly malign whites – and that’s okay. A black can use the “n” word – and worse – for and with another of his race – and that’s okay. A man who will be the Presidential nominee of the Democrat Party and his wife have maligned whites in the written and spoken word using what would be considered “hate speech” if the roles were reversed – and that’s okay. But along comes a small amount of government money set aside for educational purposes in honor of a noble and honorable man – Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson – and there is an outcry raised in the “black community” (or those who purport to represent it) directed at this pittance because the man for whom it is named and in whose honor it is bestowed fought for the Confederacy. First, I’d like to know how many taxpayer dollars are directed at black funding targets – or is that a “racist” question? On the other hand, I somehow doubt that this award is limited to white students – after all, that would be “racist”! I am willing to wager that in comparison, the Stonewall Jackson fund is miniscule compared with funds earmarked specifically for black causes and people – none of which, I’m sure is considered “racist” because it is limited to one race and is not intended for all.

Right now, in Cincinnati, the NAACP is meeting to discuss strategies to remove all Confederate flags from South Carolina. Again, I would be willing to wager that the majority of those at that meeting don’t live in South Carolina. Frankly, it is ever more obvious that there is an ongoing crusade by certain “people of color” to consign to oblivion every last vestige of Southern history and heritage because it is – according to them – “racist”. Well, that is their opinion and they are entitled to hold it, but nowhere in the Constitution do I see that they have the right to inflict it on everybody else. There are a lot of things in the culture that offend me (watched any “ghetto-culture” TV and films lately?), but I realize that the Constitution protects those who create and watch this stuff so I do what I am free to do – I don’t look. In the case of those people – black or white – who don’t like Southern heritage and history in general and the Confederacy and its symbols and heroes in particular, they are free to do what I do – don’t look! However, what they are not free to do is impose their will upon everybody else. This is still (for the moment at least) “the land of the free”.

Valerie Protopapas
Huntington Station, New York