Dixie Days definitely……..Yankee days………..you’ve got to be kidding

From: _tandpam@shawneelink.net_ (mailto:tandpam@shawneelink.net)

Sir,

I just read your article on Dixie Days, and I must say that I am not sure if you were serious, poking fun, or just trying to sit the fence. I could not believe that because Richmond is seen as the capitol of the Confederacy, you in turn see that as something to be ashamed of. To suggest that there are those among us who find pride in honoring our Confederate ancestors, that it must surely make us (in your eyes), as backwards, uneducated, or racist.

Have ya’ll considered the possibility that perhaps we might by the slightest chance, just be PROUD of from who and where we came? This sir has nothing to do with slavery, (we all know how evil that institution was worldwide), guess what, it still exists today in many places and forms. Though human bondage is portrayed to this day as only a Southern thing, please consider the facts. Slavery was around long before the formation of the Confederacy; and in some mighty Yankee areas too I might add.

When my white ancestors immigrated to this land from Scotland and Wales, the other side of my lineage is American Indian, slavery had already been here for eons. Sir, I have the duty to honor two separate and distinct cultures in regards to my heritage. Both of which I must say made significant contributions to the nation we now call the United States. Yet all these years later, both sides of my people are seen as less than equals. When I honor the red side of my kin, it’s seen by the majority as mere wishful thinking that Indians are capable of doing more than getting drunk, gambling, or committing suicide. Why? Because that is how we have been portrayed in the books, movies and press. It has become the accepted norm that Indians are a helpless race, consumed by drugs and alcohol, and merely live to collect our substance checks. No mention is ever made to our strong religious convictions, nor our love and devotion to family, or the easily documented record of military service to this nation.

To honor my Confederate ancestors is equal in importance to me and my family. The similarities in receiving flack for doing so is staggering. Because the Confederacy has been portrayed in a most unfavorable light, because history is truly written by the victors. Oh, that is a well worn cliche, but oh so true.

Richmond is a special place, with special roots and ties to the Old South, don’t try and erase them, to do so is no better than the Nazis burning books in the 1930s. Let Richmond be what it has always been: a most special and blessed city, rich and colorful in its history and contributions.

As to Yankee days in Richmond????????????? Why on earth would you suggest that? For the most part all days are Yankee days anymore. What would the theme of such days be? Divide and conquer, kick us when we are down, take all ya can while the time is ripe? Do unto the Southron people as you wouldn’t want them to do unto you? You might think these gross exaggerations. I sir for one do not, I see them occurring daily. In my 55 years on this earth I have seen the attempted homogenization of my red brothers and sisters become the norm not the exception. I have also witnessed the planned genocide of anything that relates to the Confederacy. Sir, some 140 years since that horrible war, those such as yourself continue to portray the Confederate soldier as evil and less than what he was. By that I mean he was but an American soldier defending hearth, home, and the Christian principals that the founding Fathers used when they drew up the original Constitution.

If it is a boogey man hunt you are in search for, might I suggest ya’ll start lookin in your own closets, and under many a Yankee bed.. There are plenty there to be found.

With Most reserved regards,

T R Warren Kaw/Osage Mixblood
Bridgeport, IL
Proud of the fact that white my ancestors first arrived in Va.
Equally as proud that my red ancestors fought for the Confederacy