News Item: One more story about the Confederate Flag
(Category: Misc)
Posted by 8milereb
Tuesday 26 May 2009 - 22:00:05

This is an excerpt form the most recent SLRC monthly letter.

On March 22 Dave Russell, Letters to the editor of the Asheville Citizen-Times, published a column entitled" Confederate flag battles just aren't worth the hassle anymore" a muddled, rambling discourse in which Russell repeatedly harped on his own Southern-ness while at the same time proclaiming that the Confederate Battle flag has been misappropriated by hate groups and has therefore become a symbol of hatred. Having expressed his opinion, Russell then admonished others not to "get all irate and preachy" on the subject and said his topic was one that editors" hate to see pop up on their opinions"

Interestingly enough there had not been no editorial-page debate about the flag and no recent news spotlighted on the subject. SLRC Executive director Rodger McCredie, himself an ex newspaperman, stated that the Confederate Flag issue has become "instant copy materiel"....a sure fire solution for every tinhorn pundit facing a deadline with nothing else to write about.

Roger McCredie’s response to Russell’s letter:

Dave Russell’s remarks of March 22, to the contrary, politically correct editors dearly love to talk about the Confederate flag, provided they can do so on their own terms. They get to be as "irate and preachy" as they want: people who disagree with them, we are told, do not. That’s because the so- called Confederate flag controversy is in fact a put-up job.--one of the broadest based and best executed negative PR campaigns in American history--spearheaded by an inherently hostile media establishment, a couple of greedy special interest groups, a cynical and avaricious Hollywood, and a gaggle of self serving politicians.

Because denouncing Confederate symbols now provides for instant liberal street credentials, legions of the ambitious, the malicious and the clueless have been leaping aboard this bandwagon, so it has morphed into a runaway train. Southerners have been fired from their jobs, expelled from schools, defamed, assaulted and even killed for displaying a flag that one former President has called "a legitimate American icon"

Sort of makes you wonder which direction all this alleged hate is actually coming from.

[Submitted by 8milereb]

This news item is from Southern Heritage Advancement Preservation and Education
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