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Response to Jay Underwoods 5/26/02 letter to the editor in the Free Lance Star

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Published May 26, 2002 Free Lance Star

Ethnic or Southern pride is outlandish, pointless

Date published: Sun, 05/26/2002

I really liked Jeffrey Dinsmore's letter to the editor ["Some need to get over Confederate loss," April 20] about getting over the tragedy of the Civil War.

I've never really understood any kind of "heritage." I can understand pride in one's own accomplishments, but pride in one's ethnic background or place of origin seems quite outlandish considering one has nothing to do with it.

I'm white. I don't know how I got to be white, I just am. Sometimes I'm light pink or red if I sit in the sun too long. I don't feel I have a certain undeniable white heritage because I'm white. The only way it really affects me is that I know to check off the "white" box on standardized forms. It really doesn't matter.

I was born in Virginia. I don't know how I got to be born in Virginia; I think it's because my parents thought it was a nice state.

In 200 years, I don't expect my descendents to put up a Virginia flag and a copy of this letter in their yard to show off their heritage. They can't help that they are related to me. Why should they care?

By the same token, why would I even consider putting up the flag of some group of people who thought slavery was a completely acceptable practice, just because those people happen to be born in the same geographical location as I?

My time could be much better spent making sure my friends are feeling good about themselves, or perhaps complaining about unpleasant photos in the local paper.

Jay Underwood

Stafford

Your humble chairmans reply:

Your comments have been sent.

Here's what you sent:

From : Johnny Hostler

e-mail : southernheritage@infi.net

Letter text:
Southron Enlightenment for a fellow Virginian.

I'm responding to the May 26th letter to the editor ["Ethnic or Southern pride is outlandish, pointless] submitted by Jay Underwood of Stafford County.

I respectfully submitt to Mr. Underwood that not understanding one's "heritage" (defined as "tradition" in the Websters new world dictionary) and understanding pride in one's own accomplishments is "outlandish" (defined as "strange" in the same refferenced dictionary) and I say this with respect to your statement (qoute) pride in one's own accomplishments.

Does one achive these accomplishments in life alone? Or are our accomplishments in life achived by the ethics and standards engrained in us as children by our parents, family, friends etc. If one can agree to the later then I would say that it's not only our parents responsebility and duty to rear thier children but guess what it's a tradition which euqals "Heritage" something passed down.

Now on to how you where born white and in the Great state of Virginia, the best I can do here is it must have been Gods will for you my brother.

I also dont believe you will have to worry much about the time your future generations spend on thier heritage if they to accept life as you have, and I Quote: "Why should they care?". I do agree with you on one point though, I to feel your time would be much better spent making sure your friends are feeling good about themselves and complaining about photos in the local news paper.

I say that because you are misrepresenting Southron Heritage and the History of the United States Of America, slavery was legal in the U.S.A until 1867 two years after the conclusion of the war of northern aggression, As for the so-called "Emancipation Proclamation" any informed scholar knows that it was a propaganda tool intended to (hopefully) cause widespread slave uprisings to drain Confederate soldiers to quell them (none occurred); to create a "cause" around which the North would rally (200,000 Union soldiers immediately deserted); and to prevent seemingly-close diplomatic recognition
by France and the British Empire (which would have meant fighting those navies to maintain the blockade). Since Lincoln knowingly excluded freeing a single slave in any area of the North _and_ South controlled by the Union Army, it was a transparent lie.

Johnny Hostler

And here is what made it to print:

'Emancipation' decree: A sham by Dishonest Abe

Date published: Fri, 06/07/2002

I respectfully submit to Jay Underwood ["Ethnic or Southern pride is outlandish, pointless," May 26] that not understanding one's "heritage"(defined as "tradition" in the Webster's New World Dictionary) while claiming to understand pride in one's own accomplishments is "outlandish" (defined as "strange" in the same dictionary).

Does one achieve these accomplishments in life alone? Or are our accomplishments in life achieved by the ethics and standards ingrained in us as children by our parents, family and friends?

If one can agree to the latter then I would say that it's not only the parents' responsibility and duty to rear their children but, in the process, to form a tradition, which equals a "heritage"--something passed down.

Mr. Underwood also misrepresents Southern heritage and the history of the United States of America.

Slavery was legal until 1867, two years after the conclusion of the War of Northern Aggression. As for the "Emancipation Proclamation," any informed scholar knows that it was a propaganda tool intended to(one hoped) cause widespread slave uprisings (none occurred); to create a "cause" around which the North would rally (200,000 Union
soldiers immediately deserted); and to prevent seemingly close diplomatic recognition of the Confederacy by France and the British Empire (which would have meant fighting those navies to maintain the blockade).

Since President Lincoln knowingly excluded freeing a single slave in any area of the country controlled by the Union Army, it was a transparent lie.

Johnny Hostler
Spotsylvania

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