From: Georgia Flagger, cobbslegionscv@yahoo.com
Date: July 11, 2009

Symbol connected to hate should be rejected

By Lauren Pancaldo

Should the fact that the S.C. Statehouse still flies the Confederate flag be a state or national issue?

I am originally from Westchester, N.Y. There are so many diverse cultures there. In New York, most people who have never left the state have never seen an actual Confederate flag; the exception being the "Dukes of Hazzard" show and seeing the famous orange 1969 Dodge Charger. For good reason, you will never see the Confederate flag flown in New York. New York and other Northern states were not a part of the Confederacy in the Civil War.

We have come very far since the Civil War , but not far enough.

The Confederate flag was a symbol for the Confederate soldiers who supported slavery. The flag is still a symbol of hatred and violence. One main symbol of the Ku Klux Klan is the Confederate flag. Formed by former Confederate veterans, the KKK uses this symbol of hatred in their hate rallies. The KKK is a domestic terrorist group. The thought that the state of South Carolina, a place where people love to vacation, still flies this flag of hatred disgusts me.

Having many friends of many different backgrounds is a gift. Not too long ago, being white and having friends of color was looked down upon. I grew up in an area that was more than tolerant, open to interracial relationships and advancement of all people. Now I live in a state where they fly a flag that stands for hate over the Statehouse. I am not a proud S.C. resident for that fact.

This should not be a state issue, but a national issue. The issue is, should South Carolina be able to fly the Confederate flag at the Statehouse? And the answer on a national level, should be no, because it supports racial intolerance and hate.

The writer is a sociology major at Coastal Carolina University.

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OK, I write this to the Psy/Soc Dept of Miss Pancaldo’s teachers and peers out of concern – not just for her, but for what she is and isn’t being taught by you and the establishment responsible for shaping her world views outside of her home, her religion, and her circle of friends. Hers is a sad and disturbing message of ignorance and lies. Please, I beg of you and all those in charge of higher learning to make this a classroom discussion, as a teaching tool and to open a door to some facts and points she and possibly a huge segment of other students with such views.

I will preface this letter by stating I am pro flag, but that will not enter into my message. I will also state that I support Miss Pancaldo’s rights to her opinions and freedoms of thought, expression, and to write LTTEs. I do believe that in expressing opinions, one should at least try to understand a small modicum of truth and various factors in forming such opinions. Research is the gateway to knowledge, and the more knowledge the stronger one’s opinions may become. In reading your student’s LTTE above, it is clear there is a lot of knowledge left wanting, and she claims to be a CCU Sociology Major.

Personally, I would have had no problem with her writing her LTTE as a simple "I hate the Confederate Flag, and want it removed" as that would be a simple form of honest opinion. But the ‘facts’ and ‘information’ she includes is incorrect, incomplete, or even an outright lie!

Here is my breakdown on the aforementioned topics:

Incomplete information

"There are so many diverse cultures there. In New York, most people who have never left the state have never seen an actual Confederate flag; the exception being the "Dukes of Hazzard" show and seeing the famous orange 1969 Dodge Charger"

I would suggest a few movies like Smokey and the Bandit, the Undefeated, Gettysburg, Gods and Generals, Days of Thunder, Gone With The Wind and even a recent TV show called ‘Greeks’ may have been possible witnessed by New Yorkers as well. Has she seen the new Confederate POW Monument in Point Lookout Maryland or the new Confederate Monument in Delaware?Remember, in a true diverse culture, those who would support and display such flags and symbols are included, and to accepted just like the rest of society. To do otherwise is discrimination. Is Miss Pancaldo ‘s belief that the flag and it’s supporters shall be excluded in her diverse culture? Is this what she is taught at CCU?

Lie

‘The Confederate flag was a symbol for the Confederate soldiers who supported slavery"

Most Confederate soldiers did not own slaves. Confederate General Robert E Lee opposed slavery. Stonewall Jackson opposed slavery. General Patrick Cleburne opposed it and said the following :

It is said slavery is all we are fighting for, and if we give it up we give up all. Even if this were true, which we deny, slavery is not all our enemies are fighting for. It is merely the pretense to establish sectional superiority and a more centralized form of government, and to deprive us of our rights and liberties."

Union General US Grant held slaves. Union General McClellan supported slavery. In his 1st inaugural speech President Lincoln openly supported a Constitutional Amendment making slavery perpetual and irrevocable.

The truth is the Confederate flag was a soldier’s flag, and served the same purpose in 1861 as does today’s shoulder patches and name tags and unit patches do. None stand for politics or social agendas. Is this what CCU is teaching? Why does Miss Pancaldo say this as a CCU Sociology Major?

"One main symbol of the Ku Klux Klan is the Confederate flag"

Founded in Pulaski Tenn. in late 1865, the Ku Klux Klan adopted the United States Flag as it’s official banner. 144 years later, it continues to remain the official Klan Rally symbol – in addition to the "tear drop" flag and Christian Cross. And while some idiots and bigoted morons have on sparse occasion used the 3×5 Confederate flag, the one that flies at the SC CS Monument is a 4×4 Confederate Flag – never touched by the Klan or haters EVER! Is CCU teaching this? Why is Miss Pancaldo saying this as a CCU Sociology Major?

"Now I live in a state where they fly a flag that stands for hate over the Statehouse"

The 3×5 Confederate Flag was removed from the dome of the SC Statehouse in 2000, and no longer flies over the Statehouse like Miss Pancaldo decrees, so her being upset at a non-fact is bewildering. Does CCU encourage it’s students in this hysteria?

Incorrect information

"This should not be a state issue, but a national issue. The issue is, should South Carolina be able to fly the Confederate flag at the Statehouse? And the answer on a national level is no"

There is a little document called the US Constitution. Not one word in it gives DC the power to dictate to states things that CCU student Miss Pancaldo is calling for. I am REALLY scared and deeply concerned that this young woman, Coastal Carolina University Sociology Major Lauren Pancaldo is about to be unleashed on an unsuspecting public, most possibly becoming the next teacher in charge of our youth or a professional psychologist soothing troubled minds.

In closing, there is certainly more information she has wrong, and her dismissal of the US Constitution and others not of her beliefs is a huge red flag. Again I would call on the staff and faculty of the Psy/Soc Dept to use this as a teaching moment, and to reexamine your own curriculum.

Feel free to contact me anytime with any concerns or comments

Thanks & God Bless
Billy Bearden