This is a more serious blog, in that it touches the issues of the past and the present. Having over 400 Confederate ancestors, I refuse to remove my Confederate history. Period! I will have appropriately placed battle flags. I will give honor to the Unknown Confederates as well as other brave men like Confederate General Lee. I am fully aware that some are calling the Confederacy – hate and racism and demand the removal of all Confederate history.
I find that to be very despicable behavior. For those who actually believe this to be true, you are doing great men and women, like Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks, a great disservice. By the way, the character of Rosa Parks is in the first film. I find her to be of outstanding…courage!
I am never, nor will I ever be, an advocate for slavery. I am an advocate to preserve history. This does not mean that I am preserving slavery. The two – cannot be non existent of the other. Slavery, in America is a fact. It is a historical piece of our marred America that cannot be torn down, nor can it be erased. But, by trying to erase history, one is also doing away with the courage it took to stand up to ones adversary. Whether it be the slaves who stood up to their owners, or Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks in the Civil Rights Movement. But this also includes the courage of the South to secede from Northern aggression. It refers also to those brave men who crossed the open field of Pickett’s Charge, toward certain death. These brave soldiers fighting for their lands, freedom and families. One cannot build upon the courage of the slaves, and forget the courage of others. Northern families owned slaves too. But, people don’t want to talk about that. They want to destroy Confederate history. Tell me, how has removing the Confederate Battle Flag, or Confederate Monuments to great men, stopped the violence in this country? It hasn’t. It has only allowed evil, to have an excuse to be evil. Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the finest men to ever grace this planet. I have studied him over and over again and knowing his heart, he would not approve of how America has evolved. Trying to erase history that he helped to shape, history that he gave his life for, it is a sadness in and of itself. His courage, his love and his conviction, would not have allowed for the destruction of the history he died to change. Changing it is one thing, removing it, is another. How will future generations look back on the courageous acts of our ancestors – white, black, Native American or what ever nationality?
“Love is the only force capable of turning an enemy into a friend.” Do you know who said that? Martin Luther King Jr. He was against voilence of any kind. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” He said that too. No! Doctor King would not approve of those who are trying to remove the Confederate history. I don’t either and my films will ensure it remains.
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