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Southern Heritage <br>News and Views: July 2005

Sunday, July 31, 2005


Memphis - Save the Parks Guidelines - Letters to the Mayor

Confederate States Nationalist Seeks the Presidency

"The contest is not over, the strife is not ended. It has only entered upon a new and enlarged arena." --- President Jefferson Davis

Friday, July 29, 2005

Rebel flag advocates circulate petition


The Sin of Confederate Hero Worship:

Why do Americans stand for Southerners idolizing the Confederacy, despite the evils of slavery and treason at its heart?...What Zarqawi and Robert E. Lee have in common

Thursday, July 28, 2005

What are your thoughts on banning the `Rebel flag' from Maryville school events?

Wednesday, July 27, 2005


Memphis City Council to consider desecrating graves and re-writing history

Maryville School Board Bans Confederate Banner

The Maryville city school board has voted to ban display of the Rebel flag at school sporting events.

Monday, July 25, 2005

Tennessee, Alabama Face New Rifts Over Old Confederate Symbols

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Businessman proposes moving graves of Nathan Bedford, wife

Confederate group pledges to fight renaming Memphis parks

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Supporters defend Rebel flag

Schools OK Confederate flag clothes

Sons of Confederate Veterans faces civil strife over its symbols

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Vanderbilt goes PC

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Former NAACP president visits Kentucky in support of Confederate Flag

Public hearing needed on Confederate memorial

There should be a public hearing before a decision is made whether to erect a memorial to Confederate Civil War veterans near their graves at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield. Such a hearing is desired by the Springfield chapter of the naacp and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin.


Tuesday, July 19, 2005


Rebel flag draws support from former NAACP officer

H.K. says banning flag in schools would be divisive

Monday, July 18, 2005

Ohio Co. To Decide on Confederate Flags in Schools

What does your family's name mean to you?

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Confederate sons hit town headed in new direction

Friday, July 15, 2005

Parade shunned protest

Parade shunned protest but embraced rebel flag
I write to express my disappointment that the committee organizing the Winslow Fourth of July parade would permit a group carrying the Confederate ...More:


MEMPHIS, Tenn. In Memphis, a committee of the City Center Commission is recommending changing the names of three city parks, named in honor of the Confederacy or its heroes. The full commission will consider the report at its July 21st meeting.

Lets flood those people with e-mail, letters and phone call! Time is running out for our heroes!

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Thursday, July 14, 2005


Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Is Forrest On His Last Leg??


Confederate named park a step closer to change

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

SLRC denounces ‘racist’ remarks

Monday, July 11, 2005

Legal Action filed against Augusta City Council and mayor

Vanderbilt not to appeal ruling on Confederate dorm name

We are just a different people!

By Dr. William H. Swann

edited by Julie A. Ward

It has occurred to me that most of the problems with human relations come from not understanding each other. Books and papers abound with subjects about Men are from Mars and Women from Venus which suggest people of common origins can’t understand each other if they are different sexes.

Certainly this difficulty increases when you add in race as a factor. No one with any intelligence can opine that a white person and a black person will view any situation the same way. This is also true of the different Orientals, different Hispanics and any other race you choose to add.

When confronted with any non-threatening situation, people act according to the way they’ve been conditioned by previous experience, age, sex, sexual persuasion, race, and religion, even if that religion is atheist.

In the many books I’ve read whether the author was Northern or Southern in his or her leanings, they all pretty much agree that within the United States there is only one unique region, and especially regional identification by the people who live there. That is the South, of course. This isn’t a recent occurrence, but rather goes back to the founding of this Country. This pronounced difference might have been because the people who settled the Southern Colonies were a more racially homogeneous group. That is to say they were more agrarian or farm oriented, but there was also a strong sense of common beliefs, such as religion and even a sense of class-consciousness. Many Sociologists have speculated that this might have been because so many people were from the Scottish Highlands and they simply carried their beliefs across the sea to their new Country.

Whatever the reason there is little doubt that during the forming of the United States and the time leading up to the War for Southern Independence that the northern, and as the nation spread, central parts of the nation experienced more variety in the nationality of their settlers than did the Southern part of the Country.

This isn’t to say that all the various people who settled these areas didn’t have differences, they did. It was common for the Irish, Italian, German, French and other nationalities to carve out pockets where they pretty much ruled themselves within, or when necessary, outside the United States laws. As the numbers of any specific nationality grew those citizens often moved to a different part of the Country just to remain with others like themselves. This is why you have Cheese from Wisconsin, beer from St. Louis, etc, etc……

Let us look at perceptions of people and how they are formed. Most reasonable minded people don’t think that every person of Italian descent is in some way related to the Mafia. Nor do we condemn every German for WWII or all Japanese for Pearl Harbor.

Into this background you have to add other preconceptions. It isn’t reasonable to think every Australian is exactly like Crocodile Dundee or Steve the Crocodile Hunter. Yet the vast majority of us have never met any Australians in person, so no matter how fair minded we claim to be, we still sort of expect every Australian we meet to be wearing khaki fabric unless we have significant personal experiences that prove those ideas incorrect.

This brings us to Southerners. I’ve been blessed or cursed to travel around this Nation and have visited 48 of the 50 states. I have been Regional Sales Manager for three companies and National Sales Manager for another, specializing in sales training. No matter where I’ve been I’ve heard it said at least once, usually several times, you aren’t at all what we expected. When asked what they were expecting they usually hemmed and hawed, got all red in the face and couldn’t or wouldn’t answer.

All in all I’m pretty much average for a Southerner. Around 6’ 1" weighed about 220 (at least at that time, my weight has advanced somewhat quicker than my age) and in reasonable shape. No really distinguishing features, other that being the best sales man, and/or sales manager in every company I ever worked for. This isn’t bragging just a statement of fact. So why were people in N. Dakota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and even New York City surprised when they saw a pretty average man with a pronounced deep Southern accent? I didn’t meet their preconceived impression of what a Southerner would look or act like.

I should also tell you that one company I worked for offered to pay for me to attend a speech pathologist to help me remove my accent. I thought they were silly, now of course I know better, I know they were stupid, biased and prejudiced.

Despite the achievements of my secular career, I was always limited by my accent. Not because people couldn’t understand me, or my communication skills were lacking in any way, but the perception of people who had never met me was that I was just another (pick the phrase of choice) stupid hillbilly, redneck, cracker, or just someone for their amusement; certainly not someone to respect or learn from.

Real quick now, name a businessperson reared in the south that’s been extremely successful in a national sense? Ted Turner was the only one that came immediately to my mind, and how often have you heard Mr. Turner with his billions described as a buffoon? Yes there have been a couple of exceptions like Col. Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken, or even Coca-Cola (created by a Confederate Veteran) but most of the successes are from the food and beverage segment of the economy. Even in the case of Kentucky Fried Chicken Col. Sanders was portrayed as everyone’s old Southern Gentleman image of a plantation owner.

Prior to writing this article I would have suggested that Television was the greatest enemy of Southern People ever in the way we are portrayed. Since I started this article, I’ve had my nose in books about the causes of the War for Southern Independence. Since the early days of the United States those people in the North have pretty much always considered Southern People "uneducated, uncouth, louts" * (NY News 1848).

When the war for Southern Independence was being contemplated, U.S. Secretary of State Seward said the Southern people would run like rabbits at the first sign of the Union Army. History proved that analogy somewhat incorrect. For the record there was some running done when the first battle between the Union Army and the Confederate Army took place. Nowhere did I find a description of the retreat by the US troops as "running like rabbits". Although, there are several references to the US Army running headlong, throwing weapons and supplies to the ground as quickly as possible.

In the modern times we Southern People still have to contend with age old perceptions of stupidity, inbreeding, drunkenness, wife beating, and general laziness. To make matters worse, television always portrayed Southerners in exactly that light. Whether it was "The Andy Griffith Show", "Beverly Hillbillies", and "Petticoat Junction", "Green Acres", "The Dukes of Hazard", "Hee-Haw" or other shows they all shared a common theme. Even when we did something right like Barney Fife solving a crime, it was a result of just falling into the solution. If Andy or Jed Clampett offered wisdom, it was always in a way that never implied it was done for the right reason.

In movies we are either rich class snobs ("Gone with the Wind"), manufacturers of White Lightning ("Thunder Road", "Gator", and others), corrupt law officers who kidnap college girls driving through Dixie and abuse them every way possible. Sometimes we are just portrayed as ignorant like the very old "Lil’ Abner" movies, or "No Time for Sergeants". How many movies can you think of where Southerners are portrayed in a positive light? Even when they recognize Southern virtue it isn’t recognized as a virtue, rather than we are simple people.
Southerners are lazy, dumb, and violent. Put one in a suit (like me) and people were expecting a pig on ice skates, not an average person. Multiply that perception by every non-southerner; add in the rest of the world who have seen these same television programs now minus the charming southern drawl. You have a lot of people who think we are what they perceive us to be.

Then our own home grown comedians like Jeff Foxworthy make additional fun at the expense of the Southern people, you might be a Redneck says Mr. Foxworthy. Because we are self-depreciating as a people we don’t recognize the harm done and we laugh along with everyone else at ourselves. Make fun of a New Yorker for the way they talk or act and you’ll have to fight, or be sued. They can’t understand how we can willingly portray ourselves as buffoons, or find humor in each other.

So we have no one to blame but ourselves. No one takes the Southern People seriously, with occasional lapses when they apparently elect a Native Southern President, like Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton.

Unfortunately, both those men contributed to the stereotyping of Southerners. Mr. Carter has become a true Statesman since his Presidency and has done immeasurable good since that time. His time as President was a disaster; his administration was among the least organized ever and is noted in the history books as having the least meaningful legislation passes of any modern president.

President Clinton called the Teflon President because nothing ever stuck to him, was only the second President ever to face Impeachment. He lied and was caught, lied again, caught again. Despite his total lack of leadership, his administration may be recognized as a very effective one by history. Whether you liked or disliked President Clinton, would you want your child to be like him (other than to be President)? Can you see how his antics reinforced the perception of all Southerners as (choose your word(s)) liars, cheaters, good for nothing, adulterers, who have no moral base?

I understand I am in the minority, but I see a great deal more in common with my black brothers and sisters reared in the South, especially outside the metropolitan areas, than I do with people from any other section of the United States. The Southern Culture has always been about respect. Even during the days of Slavery, which in today's light was morally wrong, but was legal in every US State prior to the War between the States; history indicates that most slaves were treated with respect. Children of all races are raised to respect their elders in the South Black or White. We were all taught to trust our neighbors and outside cities in the South it’s still a common thing to trust one's neighbors. Southern parents read the Bible, believe in GOD, and really believe in that spare the rod, spoil the child part of the Bible. In addition to respecting our elders, we are also taught to respect those who fought and died to preserve our way of life, and we do. Most Southerners would love to have more money, bigger better homes, better cars or trucks, and nicer clothes. But seldom do you see a Southern person, (with the exception of attorneys and politicians) terribly unhappy about their lot in life. If we have shelter, food, and a running vehicle, and at least one working television, we can be relatively content (must be that simple mindedness).

These qualities never quiet got portrayed in television series. Most Southern men, black or white, (excluding Attorney’s and Politicians) would rather chew their own arm off rather than lie to someone who trusts them. Unfortunately, this also makes us a people susceptible to Politicians who think nothing of lying to us. Those politicians believe that same crap that’s been shown to the rest of the world about Southerners such as: we are lazy, we have short memories, and we really don’t care about flags or symbols some of our ancestors died trying to protect.

You never read that the Southern people, (black and white) being among the highest per capita contributors to charities. Seldom do you hear national credit given to the "Hosea Williams Annual Feed the Hungry Program" every Thanksgiving and Christmas. If you’ve ever volunteered and served one of those meals, you know it changes your life. This is a black, Southern Man helping to feed the hungry, regardless of race. Nearly every small town church in the South collects food and toys for the under-privileged on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Back to the earliest days of Southern History this has been the tradition.

Prior to the 9/11 tragedy that struck New York City, Southern people from my personal experience wouldn’t have cared if New York fell into the ocean. There aren’t a lot of us who had any reason to like anything about that city. But, once they were attacked it was a whole different situation. We can dislike each other and fight among ourselves, but attack one of us and you attack us all.

Once you got outside 50 miles of New York City, there were more volunteers, firemen, and rescue workers from the South than anywhere in the Country. Southerners gave more to 911 charities than New Yorkers did. After the news died down and it was clear there were no more survivors, Southerners still paid their own way to NY and helped without pay until all the rubble was hauled away.

Of course when the President declared war on the terrorist, Southern men and women were among the quickest to enlist. During the invasion of Iraq there were 5 men and 2 women captured, if you include West Virginia as a Southern State, 5 of the 7 were Southerners. This isn’t a new phenomenon; Southerners have always been the first to enlist in disproportionate numbers during any war or crisis, including WWI, WWII, The Korean War, The Vietnam War, or Desert Storm.

Once you consider these facts, it becomes very easy to see why the rest of the United States and the World Population doesn’t understand us. Their image of us, and who we prove to be, confuses the Hell out of them. Their rational image is formed by the entertainment industry as dim-witted, lazy, hard drinking, simple-minded people just doesn’t correspond with the reality as first to join, first to fight, and first to give.

Like most other Southern folks I’m not suggesting we Southerners are perfect, or that we are better than any other people in the United States or the world. We are decidedly different, and that’s what drives those who don’t know us crazy. Southern values are similar to those of other parts of the country, but just different enough that we don’t fit their mold. People from outside Southern cities, which have moved and become ‘Northernized’, still appreciate and watch out for their neighbors. Southerners almost always celebrate with other Southerners in situations of good fortune whether it is a new baby, a good crop, or winning a lottery. Southerners tend to form lasting relationships that are much more than casual. Southerners as a group don’t subscribe to the northern value of situational morality (where it’s okay to treat one person good and the next dishonestly). Southern morality is either it is pretty much moral, or it isn’t. We have never bothered as a group to adopt the values practiced outside our region, and therein lies part of the perception problem. People fear what they don’t understand, and they hate what they fear. So, if you hate something minimize it; poke fun at it, ridicule it, (all with our help) any and everything except respect it. That sums up how others act toward us, talk about us, and feel about us.

When you consider this theory, it explains, partially, why there was a War for Southern Independence. Southerner’s just wanted to be left alone. They had no desire to associate with people who thought them inferior and even wished them dead (NY & Boston Papers bemoaning that the John Brown Raid wasn’t successful). They didn’t want to overthrow the Lincoln’s Government; they simply chose to withdraw after 25 years of failed compromises, failed because the only people who ever gave up something to compromise was the South. Then and now, we give everyone the benefit of a doubt, once.

Since a predominantly Southern audience will read this article, I want you to consider one final proof we are different. Bumper stickers are not unique to the South, but most have seen a bumper sticker that reads American by birth, Southern by the grace of God. How about Proud of my Southern Heritage or other words to that effect? Have you ever seen any one proclaim they are glad to be a native of any other part of the United States on a bumper sticker? Think you ever will?

So this is one man’s opinion about how non-Southerners and non-Americans view us. We are unique, and like our ancestors, we shall never be ashamed of that difference. Our ancestors, many at the cost of their loves, property, and even lives, paid the cost so that we might be free. Free to retain that quality of uniqueness that makes us Southerners, and to be proud of that difference. As long as a single Southerners retains that uniqueness, Multiculturalism can never be a success in GOD’S Country, the CSA.

Sunday, July 10, 2005

WIS-TV Accuses SC LoS of being a Hate Group


WIS-TV in Columbia, SC showed a segment of “Awareness”, dedicated to so-called Hate Groups, at 10:00 AM on Sunday, 10 July 2005. This program, which claimed that South Carolina is home of 47 hate groups, mostly local chapters of the League of the South, was hosted by Craig Melvin. His guests were Kevin Gray, representative of the SC ACLU; Anton Gunn, a “community activist”; Cynthia Prior Hardy, president of Oncore Media; and I.S. Leevy Johnson, an attorney. All were black, and all agreed with Morris Dees’ bigoted report claiming that the League of the South is a hate group. The SC NAACP was also invited, but did not respond to the invitation. The SC League of the South was not invited to participate in this program.

The only pretence at “fair and balanced” discussion was a throwaway remark about the League of the South, made by host Craig Melvin, that “they do not consider themselves a hate group”. There was no discussion, or even any acknowledgement of that statement.

By far the most bigoted of the group was Kevin Gray. That was strange, considering the ACLU claims to be dedicated to protecting Constitutional freedoms. In his remarks, he associated the League of the South with the church burnings which occurred in South Carolina a few years ago. He also claimed that South Carolina, because of the League of the South, is the ideological home of White Supremacy. When challenged by host Craig Melvin with the question “according to whom?”, Kevin danced around the answer, linking his accusations to such issues as States Rights, Nullification, Secession, and poverty in Haiti.

When asked what constitutes a hate group, Kevin Gray responded that it is any organization which either uses violence, or is considered a hate group by the beholder. In doing so, he implied that any group of people he wants to consider a hate group, for whatever reason he may choose, whether he discloses his reasons or not, must be guilty of using violence.

Kevin Gray openly accused the League of the South of being racist. The only justification he gave was his circular reasoning that it must be racist because he thinks it is. He could not give any evidence; when asked to do so, he then accused the League of the South of considering whites to be “more human”; again, he offered no justification other than his own bigoted opinion.

Anton Gunn was the most honest. He stated he believed the League of the South is a racist organization because Morris Dees Southern Poverty Law Center report says so, and he believes Dees must always be accurate. His proof that Dees is to be believed is that the SPLC report also includes the Black Panthers and the Nation of Islam. At that point Kevin Gray objected, claiming that the “New” Black Panthers are not racist. He then said the Nation of Islam must also be excluded, because although they advocate “separation” from the U.S., they do not advocate violence as a means to accomplish separation. Of course he completely ignored the fact that if the Nation of Islam’s desire for secession is valid, the League of the South's desire must also be valid.

Cynthia Prior Hardy stated that she did not like labelling any organization a “hate group”; then before she could even take another breath, agreed with everything Kevin Gray had said! She also said our Confederate Battle Flag should come down everywhere, because “all blacks” find it offensive. She claimed the flag was proof black opinions don’t count. She then claimed that if she discovered she was doing anything at all that offended someone, she would rectify that. Whatever she was doing, she would change it. We may have to find out if she was serious.

I.S. Leevy Johnson accused the League of the South of being a “Current and permanent hurricane in our midst”, implying that we’re more destructive than any hurricane, and “That should send fear through all of us”. He also made the bigoted claim that our Confederate flags are proof that white supremacy permeates the state, and race hatred during the time of the Confederacy was proof. Gee, he didn’t look old enough to remember that far back. And again, he offered no proof whatsoever for his accusations.

Johnson also claimed to speak for all Southern blacks, claiming that every one of them finds the Battle Flag offensive. He also offered no reason why he considers it offensive, and no proof that he represents all blacks. He couldn’t, since the Mississippi flag vote proved beyond all doubt that the majority of all Southern blacks support our Confederate Battle Flag. Anton Gunn then agreed, stating that flying our flag condones terrorism. Somehow that seemed to imply that our flag on the South Carolina Statehouse grounds was responsible for the bombing of the Twin Towers in New York.
I.S. Leevy Johnson also made the statement that the call for blacks to improve themselves is racist and offensive. I still don’t understand that statement.

The program ended with a segment on the Mexican stamp depicting the 1940's black Mexican cartoon character Memin Pinguin. However, for that segment a Mexican immigrant who could barely speak English was brought on stage to defend the stamp and the Mexican government. At least in that segment there was the barest semblance of presenting both sides, and there was even some discussion about how Mexican culture is different, and Mexico has the right to their own decisions. There was not even that much of a concession made concerning their slanderous accusations against the League of the South.

As a final note, several weeks before this “Awareness” program on so-called hate groups was aired, a reporter with WIS-TV called the SC League of the South number listed in the Columbia, SC Business White Pages, and talked with the Midlands Coordinator, Steve Kimball. This reporter claimed he was working on an article, and needed to confirm some information he had received earlier from LoS representative Ed Eichelburger in Greenville, SC. At no time did this reporter make any mention of a television program. However, from this conversation, we know that WIS-TV did indeed know how to contact the South Carolina League of the South, and could have invited us to send a representative if they had so desired.

Following are contact numbers for WIS-TV. Please write them, give them a call, or both, and let them know your honest opinion of their program.

For Southern Independence,

Steve Kimball

Mail for the Awareness segment is: Awareness Mailbag PO Box 367 Columbia, SC 29202.
Email for Awareness is:
Phone for Awareness is: 803-758-1172
WIS TV main office address is 1111 Bull St. Columbia, SC 29201 PO Box 367
Main business phone is 803-799-1010
Fax for main business is 803-758-1155

Saturday, July 09, 2005

Many misinterpret, abuse Confederacy's battle flag

Cabarrus recruits Confederate convention

Group wants to rent facility for U.S. meeting

Friday, July 08, 2005

Confederate flag ban unlikely in schools

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Panel kills bill to protect monuments

Senators worried that Horton's proposal would create furor over Confederate symbols

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Controversy on Rebel flag rises again

Friday, July 01, 2005

Civil rights activist carries Confederate flag in protest

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