Cel­e­brat­ing the South, mi­nus four wrong­ful years

Rappahannock News - - COMMENT - FRANK REYNOLDS Castle­ton

So, many (most) of us agree that slav­ery is bad. In sup­port of my opin­ion stated two weeks ago [“Don’t fall for that lie,” Aug. 24] I sub­mit that the his­tory and the cul­ture of the South is much longer and deeper than the four years be­tween 1861 and 1865, and the longer his­tor­i­cal record is what we should cel­e­brate.

This writer will not make any profit from the dis­play of a Con­fed­er­ate bat­tle flag on the roof of an or­ange car with doors welded shut. This writer thinks we should see the four years of bat­tle be­tween the cit­i­zens of this coun­try as a mis­take in judg­ment that cost many thou­sands of lives on both sides in a wrong­ful cause, and we should cel­e­brate the other sev­eral hun­dred years of south­ern cul­ture, which con­tin­ues to this day, and let that very short por­tion of our his­tory re­main in our his­tory books as a les­son for the fu­ture.


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