Uncle Joe’s Cabin
Tuesday, February 6th 2007
Southeast Missourian Editor, Joe Sullivan
I recently submitted the following article to Joe Sullivan, Editor of the Southeast
Missourian newspaper, asking him to consider running it as an Opinion-Editorial:
"Since February is Black History Month, I’d like to tell everyone
about a Civil Rights leader who is often overlooked by the mainstream media.
His name is Mr. H.K. Edgerton and he is the former President of the Asheville,
N.C. NAACP Chapter, and a black Confederate flag and civil rights activist.Mr.
Edgerton serves on the Board of Advisors for the Southern Legal Resource Center
and is president of www.southernheritage411.com , a non for profit organization
whose mission is to educate the public about true Southern history and heritage.Mr.
Edgerton first became involved in defending Southern heritage after learning
from his brother Terry Lee Edgerton, that their family had Confederate ancestors,
and he has been fighting to defend that heritage ever since.When plaques of
many prominent Confederate figures were removed from the Texas Supreme Court
building under the leadership of then Governor George W. Bush, H.K. picked up
his Confederate Battle Flag and literally marched from N.C. to Texas ( a distance
of 1,600 miles) to protest this act, and to raise money for the defense of our
Since the year 2000 Mr. Edgerton has been contacted by over 400 students (who
he refers to as his “babies”) whose schools have banned the Confederate
flag, or suspended them for wearing the symbols of their ancestors. In fact,
he has made two trips to Missouri in the past year alone. One was to support
Bryce Archambo who was suspended for wearing Confederate clothing in Farmington
High School, and the other was a young man from an Oak Grove, Missouri school,
who was suspended for doing a report on H.K. for Black History month!
Mr. Edgerton views the Confederate Flag as the flag for all Southerners, and
in a speech to the Texas United Daughters of the Confederacy in 2005 stated
that, “Right up until 1865 we, the people of Texas, and the South …
black & white… were family. It took the horrible years of Reconstruction
and all the wiles of the carpetbaggers and scalawags to divide black and white.
And in many cases, tragically, they succeeded.”
In 2002, H.K. was protesting a hospital’s banning of the Confederate
and Georgia state flag while holding a sign that read “Heritage not Hate”.
He was approached by a 15 year old black youth who asked what the sign meant,
and before he could explain, was assaulted by the boy, but refused to press
charges, insisting instead that the youth be returned to his mother.
Shortly after President Bush’s reelection in 2004, H.K. wrote a letter
to him stating that, “Earlier this week the South, voting as a solid bloc
for the first time in decades, helped you achieve a second term in office. Now
I am writing to request a meeting with you to discuss ways of achieving cultural
justice for millions of these same Southerners, who find themselves the victims
of the only prejudice and discrimination still allowed in America.”
When Edgerton did not receive an answer, he attended a Town-Hall meeting that
featured President Bush in his hometown of Asheville, N.C.. Before the President
could begin his speech, H.K. yelled out loud, “Mr. President. Are you
going to take any questions from the cheap seats?”, and then informed
him that he had a letter he would like him to read. The president sent two secret
service agents to obtain it, opened it up, and thanked him.
When his mother died , H.K. learned an hour before the funeral was to take
place, that the oldest Black church in North Carolina had denied her entrance
for a funeral. Another church was found, and it is believed that she is the
only Black women in history to receive a Confederate State Funeral ceremony.
It is reported that during the procession people lined the streets to honor
Mr. Edgerton has stated that "The Civil Rights Act of 1964 forbids national
origin discrimination and defines national origin as the place where your ancestors
came from. . .You and I fit every criterion to be considered Confederate Southern
Americans under federal law – and therefore entitled to the protection
of the law as a people."
On Friday January 26th, 2007 I had the honor of sharing a stage with H.K. Edgerton
along with Civil Rights attorney Bob Herman, Gary Ayres of the Sons of Confederate
Veterans and Dewey Barber, owner of the Dixie Outfitters Clothing Company, along
with musician /singer-songwriter Terry Warren.
As stated before, H.K. is Black. Attorney Bob Herman is Jewish and Terry Warren
is an Osage Indian. All of us had traveled to support Bryce Archambo and help
educate the public about Southern Heritage, and defend free speech.
There were many different cultures represented that evening, and it serves
as proof positive that the Confederate Battle Flag (also known as the Cross
of St. Andrews) is not a racist symbol.
H.K. Edgerton has said that if you live in the South this (the Confederate
flag) is your symbol. He is right, and I am proud to call him my friend."
Below is the response I got from Mr. Sullivan:
"Clint: I think you’ve covered this material in your July 5, 2006
op-ed column “Blacks, American Indians, Jews fought for Confederacy”
and your Nov. 11, 2006, letter “Students defend their heritage.”
Really? Yep it’s true, that I wrote those articles, which were published six
months apart. Both touched on similar subjects,but were different. The latest
submission focused solely on Mr. Edgerton and his accomplishments. It was written
because I think that he too should be honored during Black History Month. But
apparently Mr. Sullivan doesn’t think that Mr. Edgerton qualifies.
I pointed this out, along with the fact that Mr. Sullivan has proven himself
a Grade "A" hypocrite, in my response:
"Mr. Sullivan Sir,
I touched on the subject of minorities in the Confederacy and Students standing
up for their heritage , two times in 2006, six months between the publication
of both stories. Sir, forgive me but I think I deserve a better explanation
for you not wanting to publish an Op-Ed of mine about a Black Confederate Heritage
Activist and Civil Rights Leader named H.K. Edgerton, then what you have given
Especially, since in the month of January, 2007 alone your paper carried 12
stories about, or related to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr:
MLK speaker names apathy as biggest problem (Local News ~ 01/1
Women’s efforts in civil rights often overlooked, Evers-Williams says (Local
News ~ 01/18
King’s work continues (Local News ~ 01/16/07)
Nation marks first King holiday since death of civil rights leader’s widow (National
News ~ 01/16/07)
Rarely seen King papers to be displayed (National News ~ 01/15/07)
An abiding faith (Op/Ed Columns ~ 01/15/07)
MLK Jr. Day (Editorials ~ 01/15/07)
Juror recalls trial of Medgar Evers’ murderer (Local News ~ 01/14/07)
Sen. Bond to speak at King luncheon (Local News ~ 01/12/07)
Dinners, other events to mark King legacy (Local News ~ 01/10/07)
Area King celebrations start Thursday (Local News ~ 01/10/07)
Events planned to celebrate King’s birthday (Local News ~ 01/07/07)
Why is Mr. Edgerton not afforded the same respect as other civil rights leaders
during black history month? Or why am I not allowed to pay my respect to him
as a black leader that I look up to?
I ask you to please reconsider my request to have my Op-Ed about Mr. Edgerton
Clint E. Lacy
Am I the only one who sees the hypocricy in Mr. Sullivans response? In my opinion
his email comes across as telling me three things.
1. He considers Mr. Edgerton as an "Uncle Tom".
2. He considers Mr. Edgerton as the wrong kind of Black History
3. He considers a Pro-South Black Civil Rights leader as too controversial.
If Black History Month is to be celebrated, then all of those who have made
a significant contribution to Black History should be given equal treatment.
But apparently none of this matters down in "Uncle Joe’s Cabin"
Clint, Missouri Bushwhacker
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