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From: Sharon Russell
Sent: Friday, November 21, 2008
Just thought you would be interested to know that some public schools are taking a very critical stance to your logo. My son was suspended for 3 days for wearing one of your T-shirts. Don’t get me wrong. I agreed with my son 100% for sticking up for what he believes in. He wears his shirts and flies the confederate flag for heritage not hatred, but his principal and teacher seem to believe he is being offensive to students of different races. Even though his black friends have already said it doesn’t offend them.
I send you this email because I believe this should be part of our first amendment right to be able to display southern heritage the same way any other culture can display theirs. Please let me know if you have had any experience with this, because I have made quite a stink with the school system (newspaper, local news, school board) over this and any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
Elizabeth City, NC
To: Sharon Russell
Sent: Saturday, November 22, 2008
Thanks for taking the time to let us know about your sons situation. You can contact a local Sons of Confederate Veterans camp in your area for assistance and also the Southern Legal Resource Center.
It is such a shame that our children are forced to suppress their heritage, culture and beliefs. It is our first amendment right, but in today’s society there is a "double standard", when it comes to Southern Heritage.
We have been fortunate in our area, that the schools have not banned our product. They did try several years ago, but the kids all banned together and wore their shirts and flew their flags – so they couldn’t suspend all of them. That is not to say that banning them is not in the works right now. We try to educate and support the kids in our area – that this is not about hatred – it is our Heritage and we intend to stand behind it, and support it in every possible way.
We will forward this e-mail to Dewey Barber, who is the owner of Dixie Outfitters and sponsors the SCV, SLRC and other Southern Heritage organizations. I am sure he will appreciate yours and your sons perseverance in supporting Southern Heritage.
Thanks so much for your support and if we can help in anyway, we will gladly do so.
Mike and Julie Davis