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An Open Letter & Open Report / In The Streets
April 2, 2019
In The Streets
Dear Ms. Lunelle,
The baby girls told me that they were baking cookies and were going to hold a bake sale. I promised that I would buy some when they went on sale. After all, the boys had bragged about their lemonade sales.
Lo and behold, a knock would come at the door Monday afternoon shortly after I arrived home. There stood three of the baby girls who presented me with a bag of the cookies and $42.00. They told me that it was a gift from the fundraiser they had for me to help me fight for the South.
I was speechless and could only hug them as I held back the tears forming in my eyes. At first, I didn’t want to take their money, but I knew that it would be an insult to them if I didn’t take it.
Earlier, as I stood on the overpass with the Southern Cross in hand, watching as a middle aged white man approached me, I got a bad feeling as he stopped where I stood: “You are a disgrace to your people,” he shouted, “and you should go and get a real job, you old fool! You make me sick to my stomach.” Then he spit at my feet.
No sooner than a group of young black men would holler out my name, and gave out their rendition of the Rebel Yell as they passed alongside where he and I stood, hanging out the car window while pumping their fist. “Represent, Mr. HK,” they shouted as they drove away!
The look on the face of the man who had been dogging me out would turn to total chagrin as two young white girls and a black girl stopped their car right in the middle of the bridge traffic and jumped out, each giving me a big hug. One would say, “You rock, Mr. HK!” “Yea Mr. HK, you rock,” they would repeat in unison as those sitting in their cars waiting patiently began blowing their horns, and shouting out the Rebel Yell and my name!
And there he was with his head hanging down, slowly walking away. I wondered for the rest of my stay what must have been going through his mind after watching this display of Southern love being placed on a man that he had proclaimed to be a disgrace to his people? God bless you!
Chairman, Board of Advisors Emeritus, Southern Legal Resource Center
Honorary Life Member, Jackson Rangers Camp 1917, Sons of Confederate Veterans
Recipient, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis Medal
Member, Save Southern Heritage Florida
President, Southern Heritage 411