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An Open Letter / Bravery / Thanks

Dear Katelynn,

I have racked my mind in search of the proper words that would express
first of all my deepest regrets for all the trouble and pure madness
that you have had to endure for being in the ranks of the bravest
women in the entire world ; a Southern woman. You can rest assure
that no matter the outcome of this debacle, that your name shall
always be inscribed in my heart alongside that of Amanda Harkey
of Greenville, South Carolina, Amiee Robinson of Blount County,
Tennessee, Candice Hardwick of Latta, South Carolina , Anna Warnke
of Cummings, Georgia , and my brave baby girl Emily of Murfreesboro,
Tennessee who just recently led a victory charge in maintaining
the name of the Honorable General Nathan Bedford Forrest’s to remain
on the ROTC building on the beautiful campus of Middle Tennessee
University, and so many others that would cover this whole page.

Please do not let the color of the skin of Ms. Daniel Arnold prejudice
your thinking processes, or let the criminal behavior that she displayed
towards you, lead you to believe that all the African people of
the South agree with her actions. Schools just like your Eutis High
were established along with the Freedmen’s Bureau in 1865 right
after the War Between the States to developed a plan of action to
divide and separate White and Black Southerners , and further to
inculcate into the thinking process only memories of shame of their
ancestors who stood in defense of their homeland that had been invaded
. Through this modus operandi Black folks have been stripped of
all memories of the place of honor and dignity that they earned
alongside that man, your grandpa in lieu of the economic institution
of slavery that the whole world participated in , and one that would
not have thrived had it not been for the ultimate greed of inhumane
African Chieftains. We live in a society that is now facing the
continued policy of the carpetbag rule ; folks have come again amongst
us to strip us of all that they did not steal during the period
of so called Reconstruction. It is too bad that the African people
of the South don’t fully understand that they are being used once
again to move forward an agenda that means them no good, or that
the Southern white man is the only one who ever cared about their
well being. My mom always told me to remember that for every action
there is an equal and opposite reaction. The White men of the South
knew that the White man of the North never meant the African any
good; he was only used in his so called freedom to help them to
remain in power after that great war. I can assure you that your
Principal, Mr.. Al Larry probably knows about the Abomination Acts,
the Morrill Act, the Homestead Acts, Carpetbag Rule, Sherman’s criminal
and destructive march through our Southland as he carried out the
total warfare policies upon innocent men, women and children, both
red, yellow , black and white. I can also assure you baby girl that
if Eutis High School would allow the side of the South to be put
on the table and let the chips fall where they may; Ms. Danielle
Arnold would beg for you to accept her apology for her actions.

Again dear Kate Lynn, please don’t just blame Black folks for what
you now face. As a former NAACP Chapter President, I sat in the
meetings that discuss the empty coffers of the fledging organization
that was an icon in the Black community as it tried to fight honorably
for social vertical mobility for the African people ; only to be
told by the prominent White men who sat on her Board of Directors
and the Northern corporations who donated funds ; we are tired of
sending our children to those Southern schools and having them listen
to the playing of Dixie, and we are tired of sending our people
to work in the South and having to look at that Flag; we will fill
your coffers, but in exchange, you must do something that we cannot;
get rid of that flag , all you have to do is to mention slavery
, and remind the Blacks of the turbulent Civil Rights era, and you
can do it. The poverty pimps got new shoes, cars , and fat bank
accounts; the people only renewed old hatreds that set them apart
as they climbed once again into the bed with a man who hated his
brother, and had come with his new slaves to lay claim on all that
he had gotten, especially the honor he had not gotten, in lieu of
the war crimes that led him to victory over an honorable people.

Please continue to hold your head high, and I shall try with every
ounce of strength in me to help you.

Your Brother,
HK Edgerton