An Open Letter & Open Report / Conversations In The Streets
January 15, 2019
Conversations In The Streets
Dear Ms. Lunelle,
On Friday morning, January 11, 2019, as I stood unfurling the Southern Cross, a car would pull alongside me and, in unison, its occupants, four pretty young girls, would shout, “We love you, Mr. HK!”
The lone black girl would say to me… “Mr. HK, we saw you on social media in Ms. Parton’s parade in Tennessee, and a man commented that you were nothing but an Uncle Tom and a coon. We didn’t like that.” “Real” came the comment from the other girls as they fist pumped each other. “But Mr. HK, there were more good comments about you than bad.”
I would tell these young ladies that one should look at this person in the light of who they truly are. Do they hate white people or me for making a stand alongside my Southern white family as did Holt Collier, Dr. Alexander Darnes, Napoleon Nelson, Rev. Mack Lee, Polk Arnold, Levi Carnine, Minerva Morgan and a host of other Africans as they, too, did when our homeland and our people came under attack by those who hated the South.
And, I went on to say, as far as being a coon, it is one of the cleanest animals on earth. It cleans its food before it eats it, and when backed into a corner, it is one of the fiercest animals on earth. Uncle Tom is an expressed term by haters of white people towards any black that shows affinity towards whites. I accept what this person spits out of their mouth as purported to be a slight as his ignorance of the true meaning.
The girls exited the car and gave me a group hug. “You rock, Mr. HK” was the last words I heard as they drove away. And, not to forget, the Rebel Yell and the blaring of car horns from those who watched this scene unfold.
Before I could take another step towards the Hendersonville County Courthouse, which was my planned destination, an elderly gentleman who introduced himself as Ted asked me what I thought the Jewish people of this region and state thought of North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper’s wanting to move the statue of Civil War Governor and Confederate Colonel, Zebulon Vance, from the capitol square in Raleigh, and from the square in downtown Asheville, as well as the one to him in Statuary Hall in the nations capitol? I read how hard you fought to keep General Kirby Smith from Florida in Statuary Hall; will you fight as hard for Zeb?
Time does not permit me to report my response to this gentleman’s inquiry of me as I am preparing for the keynote speech of the celebration of the lives of the Honorable General Robert E. Lee and the Honorable General Thomas (Stonewall) Jackson in Oxford, Florida. However, I shall in my next report. God bless you!
Chairman, Board of Advisors Emeritus, Southern Legal Resource Center
Honorary Life Member, Judah P. Benjamin Camp 2210, Sons of Confederate Veterans
Honorary Life Member, Zeb Vance Camp 19
Honorary Life Member, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia Order of the Confederate Rose
President, Southern Heritage 411