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4/28/02 Response to Free Lance Star Letters to the editor


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In response to Jeffrey Dinsmores April 20th letter (some need to get over the confederate loss).

'Southroners' know their history, don't need Northern lectures

Date published: Sun, 04/28/2002

I was born and raised in the great state of Virginia and I am proud to be a "Southroner"! (For those who are thinking that I'm misspelling "Southerner," you are the ones who are misspelling, for this is how we say it in the South! Do your research!)

I am not ashamed whatsoever of my heritage! Isn't it just like an out-of-towner to pass judgement on us Southroners ["Some need to get over the Confederate loss," April 20].

Letter-writer Jeffrey Dinsmore is continuing to facilitate a false American history. How can the War Between the States have been over slavery when ol' Dishonest Abe tried to keep his kingdom together by offering not to touch the slavery issue? He did this in an effort to keep the South from seceding.

How can the Confederate flag or any Southern symbol represent oppression when the Confederacy existed for only four years (1861-1865)?

Now on the other hand, the U.S. flag that we live under
today represents a country that prospered greatly under legalized slavery--from prior to its inception to the passing of the 13th Amendment. Let's see. That would make it a total of about 91 years. Where is the logic, then, that the Confederate flag represents slavery?

I suspect Mr. Dinsmore is one of these blind followers who accepts anything told to him. I bet he doesn't even realize that when the slaves of the South were freed their Northern brothers and sisters were not so lucky--the Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves in Southern-occupied areas. In states that bordered the South, slavery was still legal until the 13th Amendment.

So the truth of the matter is that slavery was alive and well in Northern states even after the Emancipation Proclamation.

It is sad that so many Americans don't know the true history of this country.

Johnny Hostler