Dear Mr. Parker and Mrs. Protopapas,
I want both of you to understand that I write the following note with respect for both of you and your noble interests in the preservation of truth in history and culture.
Having an unfit person severed from a job is not censorship nor necessarily inappropriate. The nature of the article reflects first the lack of knowledge, culture and good manners of Zane and the ownership and the management of the newspaper itself. Self proclaimed enemies, with regard to the Southern people and American civilization, in this case, are the owners and management of this newspaper.
It is obvious even to a blind reader of Zane that this newspaper is not there to be of service to the community and therefore has no legitimate claim on the public platform of influence on the majority of people in the community. It may be legitimate for them to print a newsletter of a private political activist group seeking to change who we are, but not through the means of a public newspaper. The ignorance and regional social or political bias and prejudice of the writer disqualifies him in the eyes of prudent responsible people from being able to make a public claim to influence public opinion. He has for all practical purposes forfeited his right to his position. We need to tell him and make it happen. Now we know who he is and who the newspaper is. Abraham Lincoln burned down or otherwise destroyed the 325 northerns presses who stood in his way. While the United States government and the bummers of the military occupation forces in the northern States who perpetrated this raw exhibition of totalitarian power had no legal or moral right to do these things it is a situation that should be analyzed during more thoughtful quiet moments.
For those of us who respect the purposes of the Founders of the United States of America and the writers of the Constitution of the United States, we find that the newspaper and the writer have no legitimate claim worth our support in the community. Since the owner and editorial policy of the paper is so foreign to our culture the paper does not deserve to continue to exist. They are seeking to harm our community. At one time men of character and manliness would have taken the matter in hand. We have people in our region who are seeking to prevent our government from representing us through a continuing tirade of ethnic cleansing and cultural genocide. This issue is much bigger than a simple armchair historians conflict with an editorial viewpoint. This is what many Southerners have not understood.
Firstly, that paper exists to make money for the owners. Secondly, its obvious philosophical mission is to fulfill the political, social and religious goals of its owners and not that of the community. Media owned by people outside of our State or region or owned by scalawags should be under suspicion from the word go, and do not deserve the support of the community. Soviet Georgians and others stayed in a condition of warfare over this kind of agnostic Marxist domination.
A less forceful remedial step would be for vocal well-informed and well-spoken community representatives to ask for a meeting with the newspapers Editorial Board. I would suggest setting aside at least 3 hours for the first meeting. Preparations by our group would take much longer since we are not experienced at this. It would be profitable for a well-written position paper to be present to the Editorial Board so that they know with clarity what we expect from them for us to permit them to stay in business.
Northerners reading this entirely fail to understand a Southerners reactions to such things and that is why they rarely actually hear such things. When they do they condemn it.
But, here goes. Pusillanimous reactions in such scenarios will achieve nothing, and vociferous braying will achieve nothing. All of us have been forced to curse the darkness and resort to both of these and have had plenty of practice at both of these impotent responses. There are
some reasonable guidelines for these kinds of Editorial Board meetings that have worked reasonably well in some communities, but like all doers of evil the press normally and ultimately will not constrain itself without some level of fear of reprisal for their community offenses; of course, we do not directly tell them that.
Timothy D. Manning, Sr.
North Carolina Heritage Foundation