Editorial and LTE reply
From: jkingantiquearms@bellsouth.net

Those vestiges of the Old South

Dear Mrs. Trout,

In response to the article "Those Vestiges Of The Old South" which was in the Aug.21 Roanoke Times, I submit the following letter to the editor. I hope that you will print my letter as the Aug. 21 editorial exhibited extreme bias and ignorance of American history.

Individuals, groups, and organizations who denounce the Confederate States of America, the Confederate flag, Confederate heroes, and the celebration of Confederate Memorial Day appear very ignorant, biased, and hypocritical. I assume they totally support the United States of America, the U.S. flag, U.S. heroes, and U.S. Memorial day.

In claiming that the Confederate flag represents slavery and racism they make no comparison to the U.S. flag (Stars & Stripes) and to the history of the United States of America. Slavery began in the North in Massachusetts. Soon after the Pilgrims landed they began enslaving the Pequot Indians. In 1641 Massachusetts was the first colony to legalize slavery by statute. The five states that imported slaves in the colonial era were Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and New York. The slave trade was still in operation at the beginning of the War Between the States and the slave ship "Nightingale" was captured by Capt. John Julius Guthrie, who soon became a Confederate naval officer, on April 21, 1861. It was registered to the city of Boston, Massachusetts. Thus the slave trade in America was carried on under the U.S. flag and the flags of the Northern colonies and states with U.S. money. The U.S. flag flew over slavery for 90 years as compared to 4 for the Confederate flag. New York City had the second highest slave population in the U.S.

The U.S. flag flew over the genocide of the American Indians. Their land was taken without fair compensation and they died by the thousands from starvation and disease as they were herded onto reservations. It was the U.S. government that broke every treaty ever made with the Indians. The U.S. flag flew over the Trail Of Tears endured by the Cherokee. The official flag of the KKK is the U.S. flag, not the Confederate flag. Indiana and Ohio in the 1920 era were the largest Klan states and all photographs of that era show them flying the U.S. flag. The U.S. flag flew over the concentration camp incarceration of loyal Japanese U.S. Citizens during World War II while some of their fathers and sons fought and died for the U.S. as American soldiers. The U.S. participated in the allied bombing of Dresden, Germany in World War II which was a population center and not involved in the war effort. Thousands of innocent children were burned alive. Finally the U.S. flag flies over a nation that has murdered an estimated 46 million babies by abortion.

Given these facts, which flag has flown over more human rights violations, the U.S. flag or the Confederate flag? Which flag is more associated with slavery? Which flag has had more racist acts committed under it? Clearly the answer is the U.S. flag. Both the United States of America and the Confederate States of America should be respected and honored for positive reasons.

To request a free article explaining the 10 causes of the War Between the States contact me at jkingantiquearms@bellsouth.net

James W. King
Albany, Georgia

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