"The NAACP needs to concentrate on jobs, jobs, jobs and education, education, education and a better standard of living for African-Americans and minorities in this country," Ford said. "The flag is in the right place historically."
Ford played a leading role in brokering the deal to move the battle flag to the monument.” (You may read the entire article HERE.)
I am the direct descendant of a whole slew of Confederate soldiers. I am immensely proud of that. I am a proud (and active) member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, an organization dedicated to preserving the history and good name of the Confederate soldier. The Confederate Battle Flag is the center of the SCV logo. Why? Because those brave, gallant, Knights of the South served beneath her folds. Thousands upon thousands made the ultimate sacrifice in her shadow.
The Confederate Battle Flag stands for defiance in the face of tyranny. Even today, around the world, when tyranny is being confronted, somehow the Confederate Battle Flag seems to magically appear.
Generally speaking, we Americans have forgotten who we are. I contend that if we Americans knew our history, and knew how our government is supposed to work within the constraints of the constitution, America would not be in the mess we find ourselves in today.
My confederate ancestors knew some things were worth fighting and dying for. Their constitutional rights, state’s rights, were being denied them by an overbearing US government. When years and years of trying to reason with national leaders failed, and threats to secede and form their own nation, ruled by the voice of the people, also failed -- they had no choice but to separate themselves and go it alone.
The US realized that without the South, they had no money to run their own government, and Lincoln’s troops invaded my ancestor’s new country, the Confederate States of America. Between 600,000 and 700,000 Americans died as a result. The South was ruined – more by the so-called “Reconstruction” than by the war itself.
The Brave men who served beneath the Confederate Battle Flag deserve every accolade bestowed upon them. Denigrating their battlefield flag is a disgrace and a deep, deep, insult -- not just to their memory -- but to their descendants, as well.
J. D. Longstreet