Response to "Confederate flags disgust fairgoer"

To the editor:

This is in response to Mike Fortney’s letter of August 7 with the subject of "Confederate flags disgust fairgoer."

To tell you the truth, Mr. Fortney’s letter disgusts me. The poor man is the victim of propaganda, taught to hate anything Confederate. Just like everyone else subjected to the public school system, Hollywood, television, and the media, he was taught that the North was righteous while the South was evil. We were taught a pack of lies.

Mr. Fortney and everyone else programmed to hate that which is Confederate desperately needs a history lesson. He needs to learn that the South WAS NOT fighting to keep slavery. He needs to learn that the North also had slaves and didn’t make slavery unconstitutional until eight months AFTER the so-called Civil War. Ol’ "Honest" Abe Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation didn’t free a single slave, including in the North. Mr. Fortney needs to learn that while there were four years of slavery under the Confederate flag, there were over eight decades of slavery under the US flag. He needs to learn that the flag of choice for a certain white supremacist organization promoting bigotry more often than not is the US flag. NO Confederate flag has ever stood for bigotry except by those who have misused it.

Mr. Fortney and people like him need to learn that true Confederate-minded people are interested in restoring constitutional government, resisting tyranny, and preserving Southern heritage. THOSE REASONS are why we wave our Confederate flags!

Yes, we ARE proud of our Confederate flags. I proudly wave my Third National flag of the CSA from my home. Any time I see a Confederate flag, bumpersticker, license plate, T-shirt, ballcap, or anything showing honor to the Confederate flag, it is truly a breath of fresh air.

If anyone has a problem with Confederate flags, that’s just too bad. He or she is free to stop looking at them. We are NOT going away, and NEITHER are our Confederate flags!

Rodney Combs
Noble, OK

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