Proud of Flag's Heritage
I'm responding to Clifton Frye's letter (Sept. 26) condemning the Confederate flag.
First of all, your credibility meter is broken because the Confederate battle flag and the Stars and Bars are not the same flag.
As a Southerner I'm proud of my Scots-Irish, Celtic heritage. Some of the earliest records of my people were from the Roman Empire, which spent six years building a wall 15 feet high, 10 feet across and 73 miles long to guard themselves against us "red-haired savages." We were with Wallace at Stirling and Bruce at Bannockburn. We defeated the British at Kings Mountain and at the Cowpens, many of them calling us "Crackers" as they took their last breaths.
Americans of Scots-Irish descent have made up the bulk of every American army, including the majority of the Confederate army, which is why it is no mistake that the Confederate battle flag is adorned with the cross of St. Andrews. This flag was not officially adopted by the Confederate government, but it was adopted by the soldiers themselves, 90 percent of whom owned no slaves. Claiming that the true origin of the flag is a lie because some have distorted its symbolism is nonsensical and imbecilic.
The majority of native North Carolinians have ancestors who fought under that flag, 40,000 of whom lost their lives. Yet you advocate that a photo of the flag should be banned because it may offend some readers of The Pilot? Why not offensive letters or cartoons? How many people were offended by your letter? Should your words be banned? Who should make those decisions?
As for now, we are still a free society, and we have as much right to fly our flag, Mr. Frye, as you have not to like it.
Thomas B. Mattocks
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