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Southern Heritage <br>News and Views: The Southern Legal Resource Center eUPDATE

Friday, August 31, 2007

The Southern Legal Resource Center eUPDATE


A high school in Lake County, Florida, at which the SLRC is investigating complaints made by a student, has apparently now added “Rebel Flags” to a list of items it considers inappropriate for students to display.

In June a female student at Eustis High School told the SLRC she had been the victim of a series of heritage violations: a school secretary demanded that she remove and hand over some Confederate-themed jewelry she was wearing. Also, according to the student’s mother, an art teacher spray painted over a small Confederate flag the student had used to decorate a pair of jeans. In the same class a pottery cowboy boot the student had made, which was also decorated with a Confederate flag, was broken. She received a grade of “F” on both art projects.

The mother indicated that previously there had been no specific ban on Confederate items at the school; however, the new (2007) student handbook, which just took effect at the beginning of this school year, says, “the following items have potential to cause disruption or threat to a safe and positive school environment: … [references to] alcoholic beverages, drugs, tobacco, and symbols or writings (e.g. swastikas, Rebel Flags, etc.) that have sexual or racial connotation … “

The SLRC wrote to the school’s principal in July but received no reply. Phone calls to the principal have not been returned.


The resignation of U. S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was viewed with interest at the SLRC and throughout the Southern Heritage community, where he was widely remembered as the architect of the middle-of-the-night removal of two Confederate memorial plaques from the Texas Supreme Court building.

Back in 2000, Gonzales, who at that time was a sitting Justice of the Texas Supreme Court, acted as the liaison between the Governor's office, the General Services Commission and his fellow justices on the Texas Supreme Court in removing the dedicated Confederate Memorial Plaques and replacing them with two politically correct markers. The action was said to have been undertaken as part of a deal with Texas NAACP Chairman Gary Bledsoe.

The Governor of Texas at that time was George W. Bush, who, later, as President, sponsored his old friend Gonzalez as Attorney General.

In 2002-3, H.K. Edgerton, former NAACP officer and later Chairman of the SLRC’s Board of Advisors, marched with a Confederate flag 1,606 miles from Asheville, NC, to Austin, TX, to demand restoration of the plaques. Edgerton has said he intends to hold a five-year anniversary recreation of his march beginning later this fall.


An attorney in Manhattan who is listed in the Sons of Confederate Veterans Membership Directory flatly stated he is not an SCV member in a letter in which he declined to assist the SLRC in bringing a possible New York lawsuit.

SLRC Executive Director Roger McCredie obtained Attorney James M. Rhodes’ contact information from the SCV Directory and wrote to him on August 10, outlining the case and asking if Rhodes would be interested in acting as local counsel. On August 23, not having heard from Rhodes, McCredie called and left him a phone message. Rhodes returned the call, said he had not received the letter, and asked McCredie to fax it to him at a resort in Sun Valley, Idaho, where Rhodes was vacationing. McCredie did so. The next day Rhodes faxed a reply to McCredie, saying in part, “I am not interested in acting locally on your behalf in the matter described in your letter. For your information, I am not a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans…“

McCredie replied:

“Thank you for your letter of August 24, 2007. Actually, the information I used to contact you was found on Page 554 of the 2006 Directory of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, that organization of which you stated you are not a member (copy enclosed). Prior to writing to you I double checked with SCV International Headquarters and was told that this entry was current. I am taking the liberty of copying this letter to the Adjutant-in-Chief so that the national organization’s records can be corrected. Meanwhile, please be assured that none of your contact information has been retained by our office.”

Rhodes is listed as a member of Gen. Archibald Gracie Camp #985, in New York City.


If you have a stake in Southern heritage and culture, and are looking for a meaningful way to honor and protect them, please give generously to the Southern Legal Resource Center. With your help we can continue our aggressive efforts to secure the rights of all Southerners to express pride in their regional identity without fear of ridicule or reprisal, as should be the case for all Americans.

The Southern Legal Resource Center is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, and contributions to it are fully tax deductible. Credit card and PayPal donations may be made at our website by clicking on “How You Can Help.” Checks payable to the Southern Legal Resource Center should be mailed to P.O. Box 1235, Black Mountain, NC 28711. “Thumbs Up for Dixie” stickers are available for SLRC and local heritage fundraising projects. Contact Allison Schaum for details at or (864) 476-0656.


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