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Re: “Black history

Oh yes, how easily we forget. The amnesia somehow got out of the South and went clear into the North. It is an insult beyond comprehension to comment on racial inequity in Chapel Hill and NC and the South without simultaneously acknowledging its existence in the North. You mentioned coming from VT but said nothing of VT's preparation for a slavery apology at the state level. Neither do you mention the other northern states preparing slavery apologies. Like the misinforming, biased, politically motivated Kevin Levin, I see no mention of the original emancipation of slaves along the east coast as the British marched through during the Revolutionary War. I see you mention the violent activity of the Klan but make no mention of violent race riots like Newark and LA that still plague our country. We talk of today's wars and declare that it is no surprise that a local population doesn't want an invading army, but act completely befuddled that Cornelia Spencer and the South would use whatever means were available to displace the Federal enemy when they no longer had the resources to meet that enemy in the field. Thank you for introducing me to Spencer, a local hero. I like how you bring up Silent Sam being erected during the Proclamation anniversary, but fail to mention that monuments to the hundreds of thousands of southerners who gave their lives in defense of their homeland were illegal immediately after the war. Basically, when you put all of these issues into the context of their time, and into the big picture of colonialism and its aftermath throughout the world, let alone the South, then you see how silly it is to pick out a sliver of history and selectively apply it to one region for political motives. Because we are dynamic, we are a new America. This means we are a new North, East, West and South. But the old South cannot be condemned using today's definitions of what is appropriate, and it's a shame that descendants of the old South still have to meet misinformation head on.

Posted by Soldier on 07/25/2007 at 12:37 PM

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