A Georgia teacher is on leave this week for describing the Confederate Battle Flag as an “announcement that you intend to marry your sister.” The Confederate Flag is a symbol of racism to some, but to others it’s a symbol of their Southern heritage.
The Hephzibah High School teacher posted a photo of the Confederate flag that said: “a sticker you put on the back of your pickup truck to announce that you intend to marry your sister. Think of it like a white trash ‘Save the Date’ card.”
Melissa Fuller is a parent of a student in that class. Her daughter took a picture of the offensive statement and sent it to her mom, who posted it on Facebook in order to get comments from other parents.
“Why was that used?” She asked. “With it being such a rough area, why would you put that out there to a class discussion that could have turned very ugly?”
Fuller said her daughter once wore a Confederate flag belt buckle to school. She said her daughter took it off after the school asked her to, but she still got an in-house suspension.
“If she can’t wear that belt buckle, then why is it appropriate to make an assignment out of it?” she said.
H.K. Edgerton, the black gentleman who often carries the Confederate Battle Flag (Southern Cross) as he visits various Confederate memorials, had this to say after one incident in August:
“One white man would go into a conniption as he completely became unglued, denouncing the Southern Cross and Jesus Christ of whose existence he deemed as pure folly.
It was not because of his warped mind, but because of the foul and vulgar language he put-on display in front of all the ladies and babies that caused me to dismiss him from the conversation taking place. The crowd of people who now gathered around me would applaud.
On this day, I believe from the questions that were asked of me and the answers that I gave will shed some truth in the minds of those who wanted to understand why a black man, a son of former slaves would stand on these hallowed grounds with the Southern Cross in hand defining the place of honor earned across the whole of the South by the African people alongside a man he not only called master, but also family and friend …before, during and after the War for Southern Independence; no matter all the efforts of those who continue to come to our homeland with the intent to push asunder something that they cannot understand.” (H.K. Edgerton from an email, 8-25-2019)
The school did not release any information on the Georgia teacher, and the post was removed. The teacher also changed his name on Facebook. But the high school did release a statement that spoke volumes about their political correctness:
“The Richmond County School System is committed to creating a diverse, equitable learning environment for students. The language used in the example was unacceptable and has no place in our classrooms.”
The sentiments against the Confederate flag do not belong in classrooms either. Teaching is important, and balanced teaching on historical facts should be imperative.
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