A letter to my Senators Graham & Scott

My people died

“They tried to kill my child to shut her up. Well, guess what? You just magnified her!” – Heather Heyer’s mother

My wife and I ride our bicycles all over the country roads of our county and from the north to the south we see the Confederate Flag flying over homes, decals on the back of trucks and cars and have even seen it painted in the middle of the road. There is a faction that want us all to believe that the Confederate Flag is a symbol of “Heritage” not hate, that the statues of long dead Civil War “heroes” erected in public spaces are about our history not codes to remind African Americans of Jim Crow Laws.

The President of the United States has given hate and racism a face, a voice and a platform. Hate and racism never left our state, maybe it went underground in some areas, maybe it wasn’t openly spoken about or acted on but now there is a perceived “freedom” to do so. Say those words to yourself, a perceived “freedom”. A perceived “freedom” to hate, a perceived “freedom” to discriminate.

Alex Haley stated that “Racism is taught in our society, it is not automatic. It is learned behavior toward persons with dissimilar physical characteristics.” I know this to be true. There isn’t a racism gene.

How do we end racism and hate in our state? Take down the public symbols, remove the platforms, and quit relying on words and tweets. We, everyone, including and particularly the Republican party and its leadership need to demonstrate through actions and education that hate and racism won’t be tolerated.

The complacency of the Republican party is a large part of the problem. This is a hard fact the national and state leadership needs to face. But they don’t and they won’t because of votes and the President of the United States knows that and yesterday he acknowledge that fact, he empowered that fact, as the leader of YOUR party.

“I don’t understand why they are taking them down. It is history. They are not taking down Martin Luther King monuments.” –  Republican Representative Dennis Moss who voted against removing the Confederate Flag from the Statehouse grounds and who opposes any effort to modify the state’s Heritage Act or remove Confederate memorials in South Carolina

About ends and beginnings blog

I am a frustrated writer and poet waiting to be discovered. A stand-up philosopher performing on a street corner near you. A Christian with questions but I don’t want to hear your answers. A Buddhist with a bumper sticker on my truck to prove it. A collector of quotes. A grower of lettuce. The Patron Saint of earthworms who name their children after me. A cyclist whose big ass strains the seams of his Lycra bibs. I am American by birth, Southern by the grace of God. My goal in life is to leave an imprint on the lives of the people I love not a footprint on the earth. I am a son, a husband, a father composed of 65%-Oxygen, 18%-Carbon, 10%-Hydrogen, 3%-Nitrogen, 3%-Diet Coke and 1%-Oreo.
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4 Responses to A letter to my Senators Graham & Scott

  1. Suze says:

    Dennis Moss is an idiot. There is NO comparison between civil war statues and those of MLK…one fought for Freedom for all..the other fought to keep people enslaved. Any MORON should be able to see that.

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  2. You inspire me. May I use parts of your letter in my own letters to my Republican legislators? Thanks. When I sit down to write to them, the words do not flow.

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