Vest Pocket Je$$e Jacksons

Al Benson Jr.

As anyone that has followed the torturous trail of heritage violations in this
country in recent years knows, government schools have often been in the lead
when it has come to trying to ban or do away with any symbol that might seen Southern
or Confederate. This has been the rule of the day and the herd of politically
correct cattle has feared to deviate from it. So little deviation has occurred–except
in one recent case in Floyd County, Kentucky, in the heart of Appalachia. It seems
that, at least up to this point, government school officials in Floyd County have
been willing to think for themselves, thank God.

In this one case, a local government school, Allen Central High School, in
Floyd County, not only has Confederate symbols and a mascot as part of the school’s
personna, but they are quite content to have it remain that way. These folks,
both students and teachers, do not view Confederate symbols as racist. They
appear to have done enough homework that they realize the truth, which puts
them miles ahead of most.

Although I am no fan of government education, yet I agree with these folks
that Confederate symbols are not racist, were not racist in the beginning, and
should not be so considered now, just because some questionable groups have
used and abused them. The original intent of the Confederate battle flag had
nothing whatever to do with racism, and blacks fought under that noble banner
as well as whites.

Yet in our day, certain ambulance chaser types have found it most convenient
for their own purposes (often financial) to portray the Confederate flag in
a highly negative manner. To call some of these people dishonest would be charitable.
Groups such as the NAACP have zealously promoted the "Confederate flag
is racist" issue over the years in order to perk up a flagging membership
or to refill their financial coffers when contributions had fallen off. Sadly
it has worked.

In the situation at Allen Central High School, supposedly students at a basketball
game were "taunting" a black player from another school by waving
Confederate flags at him as he went to the foul line to take a foul shot. Some
folks, upon reflection, say they can’t recall this student being "taunted"
by waving Confederate flags, but hey, never mind that. If we’ve got one Confederate
flag anywhere in the auditorium, whether being waved or not, the ambulance chasers
are going to attempt to make hay out of it. The visiting coach for the team
with the black players is a liberal lawyer (supposedly a supporter of Bill Clinton)
and so he’s making a big fuss. On top of that a "civil rights" activist
all the way from Louisville has come on to the scene, to, naturally, try to
persuade the local school people to do away with their Confederate flags. That
would be the Rev. Louis Coleman, who is apparently pretty well-known in Kentucky
for involving himself in issues like this. One columnist called Coleman "the
man for all protests." In other words, no matter what the issue, it seems
that Coleman will be out there fussing. But, then, a chance to fuss about Confederate
symbols must be like a dream come true to him. A vest pocket version of Je$$e

Coleman sent a letter to the county school officials in Floyd County telling
them in no uncertain terms that an all-white student body with Confederate symbols
simply will not be prepared to partake of a "diverse society where these
symbols have already been eliminated." In other words, folks, you will
never be accepted as part of the New World Order unless you are willing to trash
your culture and show the correct amount of "everlasting repentance"
for ever having treasured it to begin with! That’s all it takes, folks. Just
renounce your history and heritage, be properly ashamed of it, and you will
be duly admitted (to second-class citizenship) among the ranks of the politically
correct zombies who know no better.

So far, the folks at Allen Central High School have rebuffed the "tender
mercies" of the ambulance chasers and history benders. Let’s fervently
hope they continue to do so.

There is supposed to be a school board meeting in Floyd County sometime this
month at which Rev. Coleman will appear to give the local folks one last chance
to slit their cultural and historical throats. Let us pray that they continue
to show both good sense and backbone, and tell Coleman to go back to Louisville
and mind his own business. Rev. Coleman sounds to me somewhat like a modern-day

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