An Open Letter & Open Report / Special Black History Month Series –
Conversations In The Streets / Birthday Celebration
February 16, 2020
Special Black History Month Series – Conversations In The Streets / Birthday Celebration
Dear Ms. Lunelle,
On Saturday morning, February 15, 2020, I would post the Southern Cross and my Black Confederate history board on the overpass of Interstate 240 on the outskirts of downtown Asheville.
Not long afterwards, I would find myself surrounded by a group of young people. I must admit that my thoughts were on the upcoming birthday celebration that Mr. Homer and Ms. Judi Price had planned for me later in the day.
One of the young ladies would tell me that she was a student at the University of North Carolina, Asheville, and on behalf of a lot of other students, she wanted to say thanks for me coming to their campus with my Black History presentation about the Black Confederate soldier and his family that supported the Confederate cause.
Another young lady would comment that she had read that I was forced out of the public easement at Biltmore Park, and was I going to take civil action against them? I told her that it was my plan to return there, and that I hoped that the Asheville Police Department would define the legitimacy of the Secretary of Biltmore Park’s request that I be removed from where I stood in what was clearly the public easement. And, did they have the right to claim it as they claimed the entire complex as being on private property to legitimize that request?
One young man would ask of me, what is the biggest impediment that I face in my activist charge to defend the Confederate soldier and the Southern cause? I told him the lack of knowledge of Southerners about the events that led up to the constitutional act of Secession, and how our Southern babies and their parents have had inculcated into their process a false narrative by the public school system, media and, now, liberal arts colleges geared to turn our Southern populous against our ancestors who made an honorable stand against the Northern tyranny and circumventing of the Constitution.
HK Edgerton with fans in Asheville, North Carolina
The lone black girl in the group would ask me how other blacks reacted to what I do. I told her no different than white folks. There are those who can’t get past the unwarranted hate placed in their thinking process by the so-called “victor;” especially as he makes himself into a hero, discounting the many facts that clearly show otherwise.
Those who take the time to hold a decent and civil conversation will certainly depart with a lot of contemplation that the honorable Southern people, especially the Southern white man, has been severely wronged in the historical tally of this era.
What do you think about President Trump, the young black girl would ask? Other than his insane rantings glorifying Lincoln, I see him as a great, if not the greatest, President in my lifetime. And, as I said when asked who I was going to vote for in the 2016 election, I said that I was going to vote for the person that reminded me of a man who walked into a temple where the moneychangers were operating, and turned the tables over. I voted for Trump, and shall again.
One young white boy would remark, “Mr. HK, you, sir, really are a Rebel!” Word, would come the retort from his friends. I would hug all eight of them as they moved to leave.
After about another hour of waving, and returning many pleasantries from those passing by, I would furl my flag and head to Hendersonville, North Carolina for some catfish, fried chicken and a lot of love. God bless you!
Chairman, Board of Advisors Emeritus, Southern Legal Resource Center
Member, Save Southern Heritage Florida
Member, Texas Order of Saint George
Honorary Life Member, Scots of Austin
Loyal Son of the South
Honorary Life Member, Longstreet Zollicoffer Camp 87, Sons of Confederate Veterans
Honorary Life Member, Bradford Rose Camp 1638, Sons of Confederate Veterans
Honorary Life Member, North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia Orders of the Confederate Rose
President, Southern Heritage 411