Tenn. Confederate-flag controversy set for Aug. trial

From: torpenhow@charter.net
TO: David L. Hudson Jr.
First Amendment scholar

re: http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/news.aspx?id=20287
***Upper case used here for emphasis only. I am copying to an egroup.***

Dear Mr. Hudson:

Thank you for your organization’s work and your coverage of the Tom Defoe case in Anderson County, TN. I am a First Amendment activist and have organized or participated in innumerable First Amendment rallies and demonstrations. And I would like to draw your attention to an important distinction are regards most Confederate Flag controversies: they’re totally artificial, and the word "divisive" can not normally be accurately applied to the Flag.

There was no real trouble about the Flag in the twentieth century until the NAACP, in search of fresh social strife, picked it up and started noisily flogging the South with it. Of course liberal politicians, educators, preachers and media mavens hysterically amplified the NAACP’s war cries to the extent that most public servants (???) started getting on the bandwagon, assailing the South and its culture as "racist" (apparently they’ve never been to Boston), and robbing the region of its traditional culture and symbols against the clearly expressed will of the people.

Perhaps it would be better to call this a NONTROVERSY — blatant application of the Hegelian dialectic to bring strife where there isn’t any. There is clearly an agenda here shared by all the institutions, and it has nothing to do with the real world, only the "new world order". Surely there’s no denying this is what drives the socio-political system in the digital age?


The C-flag is not disruptive, PROFESSIONAL DISRUPTERS are. There may not be any such people in the schools in question, but I can tell even from here in Anderson County, SC, that there are students and staff there who are slain in the spirit of those disrupters in media, government and elsewhere.

It’s a tragedy the issue in TN is being framed as "racially inclusive" versus "racially divisive" symbols — a false dichotomy with which we in the Southern heritage movement are of course overly familiar. The trend in institutions today is always to squelch freedom of expression for those opposing the liberal agenda, never toward true equality, fairness, or security — the thing bureaucrats most claim to want today.

Presumably students who sport "Malcolm X" and other "black power" symbols at those schools are enjoying a free ride — as usual, the authorities and their lawyers don’t happen to mention that factor. Too real-world, perhaps — doesn’t compute with the media memes and myths of the hour.


Nelson Waller M.Mus.
Anderson, SC