An Open Letter & Open Report / Mississippi Jews & The Black Basketball Players at Ole Miss
March 3, 2019
Mississippi Jews & The Black Basketball Players at Ole Miss
Dear Ms. Lunelle,
As I stood this morning on the overpass of Interstate 240, don in the uniform of the Southern soldier with the Southern Cross in hand, I would find myself surrounded by several young people and their parents who had, in hand, a copy of the attached article from The Daily Mississippian newspaper.
“Mr. Edgerton, we read in this article that the Jewish community of Oxford, Mississippi, supported the black basketball players of the Ole Miss team, taking a knee during the playing of the National Anthem in protest of your presence alongside the Neo Confederates who visited their campus to protest the removal of the Confederate monuments there. What say you to that?”
I would tell them that each year on my birthday, which just happened to fall on Presidents Day (February 18), and is the same day that President Jefferson Davis gave his first Inaugural speech on the then Capitol of the Confederacy in Montgomery, Alabama. I would have lunch with Ms. Judi Price, who is a direct descendant of the Honorable Confederate General Stephen Dill Lee, her husband Homer, and their adopted daughter Cheryl. General Lee would write the “Charge” of the United Confederate Veterans to the their Sons.
I would leave that luncheon with the impression that the “charge” should apply not only to the Sons of Confederate Veterans, but also to all the people of the Southern soil who have a direct responsibility to protect the good name of the Confederate veterans. The Confederate veteran is an American veteran due all the amenities of any other American veteran, and his colors are a venerated symbol by a Congressional mandate. To take a knee at any time during the National Anthem is an abhorrence with no justification. And to take a knee against those who came to defend the memorialization of the men and, arguably, women of the Honorable General Robert E. Lee, a Christ-like figure in the South, is blasphemous. To support any man who would take a knee in protest of those carrying the colors of the Honorable General Thomas Johnathan Jackson, because they came to defend the memorialization of his men is blasphemy. And, in particular case, if you are a Southern black man, because it is a direct betrayal of his legacy to the African man of the South as the General wouldn’t turn his back on them.
To take a knee on those who came to defend the memorialization of the men of the Honorable General Wade Hampton, of whom the blacks of South Carolina would say that the General wasn’t even born, God just set him out of heaven. How could any black man of the Southern soil take a knee on the memorialization of the men of Honorable General Nathan Bedford Forest? The General would say of the forty plus black men who rode with him… “There are no better Confederates than they, and they stayed with me to the end .” And that includes the saving of Memphis from the burning, rape, murder and plunder that 42 cities of the great State of Mississippi suffered under the hands of Ulysses S. Grant.
And for these eight Jews who proclaim to speak for the Jews of Oxford (Ariel Baron, Ben Cooper, Richard Gershon, Nina Rifkind, Stuart Schafer, Jason Solinger and J.T. Thomas), how could any Jew of the Southern soil support the taking of a knee of this basketball team in protest of those who came in support of the memorialization of the men of the Honorable Zebulon Baird Vance, who wrote the Scattered Nations, and traveled the world speaking its contents in support of the Jewish people. To do so is no different than the betrayal of Judas of Iscariot to Jesus Christ.
I understand Mark Levin touting the actions of the black men of the Ole Miss basketball team …after all, he is a Yankee.
God bless you!
Chairman, Board of Advisors Emeritus, Southern Legal Resource Center
Honorary Life Member, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Zebulon Vance Camp 15
Member, Save Southern Heritage Florida
Member, Order of the Confederate Legion, Judah P. Benjamin Camp 2210, Sons of Confederate Veterans
Honorary Life Member, North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia Order of the Confederate Rose
Recipient, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis Medal
Recipient, National Sons of Confederate Veterans, H.L. Hunley Award
President, Southern Heritage 411