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An Open Letter: Being Southern

I read with interest an article in a local news paper," The
Asheville Citizen Times"; their reporter was asking people
on the street what it meant to be Southern. One young Mexican girl
said she had no idea what they were talking about. I only came here
for employment so I could make money for myself and send some back
home. If you ask a real Southerner you will get a variety of answers
all being tied to the culture in the regional boundaries of the
Mason/Dixon Line. Whether the roots of our ancestors were free,
indentured, or slave; to be Southern sets one apart morally and
socially from people of other parts of this union.

In the Southland of America in that cotton field where so much has
been written to defame Christian White folks , yet never is adequately
told of all he gave to that Black man he called slave and family
which enabled him to survive America. In his infinite wisdom God
had set these men on a path of love only congruous to that spoken
of by Jesus Christ. Far too many distortions have been written about
the horrors of slavery and not enough about the Christian values
of a people and the transmittal of those values to a being deemed
less than a man , as together they fed and clothed a Nation and
the entire civilized world. The tragedy that be felled them was
the" War Between The States". It is no doubt that White
folks in the South knew that to set a man free meant that he would
have high moral character and the means to provide for himself and
his family, starting with shelter and land; all of which he provided.
With the coming of the industrial revolution; abolition was foremost
on many minds, it had been their modus operandi to provide real
emancipation, not the corruption and criminality that has faced
the African people since April 9, 1865 to the present as they are
used as unknowing pawns against their Southern White family with
the help of the public school system designed from a reconstructionist
thought to divide, separate, and teach the whole of America to remember
our Southern ancestors with shame.

Contrary to what the printed media may reveal, no true Southerner,
be he Red, Black , or White would ever betray the Christian Banner
; our Confederate Flag, or our Southland. It makes us no less patriotic
, just Southern.