An Open Letter & Open Report / Special Black History Month Series –
Clyde A. Erwin High School – Asheville, NC
February 15, 2020
Special Black History Month Series – Clyde A. Erwin High School – Asheville, NC
Dear Ms. Lunelle,
Several weeks ago, a young black girl’s grievance appeared in the local newspaper: Kids at her school are allowed to wear offensive shirts, like Dixie Outfitters, that bear the Southern Cross. After all, all black people hate the Confederate battle flag.
So, on Friday, February 14, 2020, don in the uniform of the Southern soldier, not only to continue to dispel this false narrative, but also in observance celebration of Black History Month, I would post the Southern Cross and my Black Confederate poster board at the entrance to this young girl’s school.
On this very cold morning, the first to come to where I stood was a Buncombe County Deputy Sheriff who only voiced his concerns about my safety. He asked if he could bring me a cup of hot coffee, or hot chocolate. I told him “thanks,” but that I “was fine.” He would return my salute, telling me to have a blessed day.
The whole time that I stood there, not one bad word or negative moment would materialize. On this day, only thumbs up, “Thank you,” and “God bless you, Mr. Edgerton,” or the sound of the Rebel Yell would come from the throngs of cars that passed me by.
A young black man, Sammy, would chide me because he could not find a copy of the Honorable Mike Scruggs’s book, The Un-Civil War. Lucky for him, I had a copy in my car and gave him my car keys to go and get it. He acted like a kid on Christmas morning upon his return with it!
The only disappointment on this day would be receiving a phone call alerting me that the hack so called historian, Kevin Levin, had been invited into the Cradle of the Confederacy, Troy, Alabama, to Troy State University to lecture his false narrative that there was no such thing as a Black Confederate soldier.
He has presented this trash in my home state at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where the Cenotaph of Silent Sam had been criminally pulled down, and the Board of Governors have placed themselves above the law in not obeying the lawful order by the historic commission to put Sam back. The stench of this saga continues to fill the air.
And, since I am constantly referenced in his books, one would think that Troy and any Southern school that opens its doors to Levin’s diatribe, would in part invite me in as well. Especially during this month of so called Black History Month. God bless you!
Chairman. Board of Advisors Emeritus, Southern Legal Resource Center
Member, Save Southern Heritage Florida
Recipient, National Sons of Confederate Veterans, H.L. Henley Award
Recipient, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis Medal
Recipient, Virginia Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans Robert E. Lee Award
Recipient, North Carolina Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Vance Adcock Award
Recipient, Mississippi Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, John F. Harris Award (named in honor of Harris, a former slave, State Senator and Black Confederate soldier who got up out of his sick bed to give the deciding vote to appropriate State funds to build the Confederate soldiers Cenotaph on the Capitol grounds)
Honorary Life Member, North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia Orders of the Confederate Rose
Honorary Life Member, Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans
Honorary Life Member, Kentucky Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans
President, Southern Heritage 411