letter to the to the Editor of The Asheville Citizen Times
By John Field
Asheville Citizen Times
In Sunday’s paper, I read of the vandalizing of graves in a Buncombe
County cemetery. I cannot imagine the sort of cruel and vicious people
who would do such a thing. In my opinion, the desecration of a grave is
high up on the list of unforgivable sins.
To me, however, the campaign by certain groups to remove all the symbols
and memorials to our Southern past amounts to the same thing...a
desecration of graves. Every flag or monument that is removed, every
plaque taken down, every school or street or bridge that is renamed, is
no different from a broken tombstone. It is wanton and hateful violence
directed at the dead who can no longer defend themselves.
I am proud of the dozen ancestors of mine who fought for the
Confederacy, not a one of which ever owned a slave. I am also proud of
the 60,000+ blacks who fought for the South. It was not a war over
slavery any more that the Revolution was. It is high time we look at the
true facts of that war, and time we take a stand that this desecration
of our graves and our past must stop.
John Field Pankow
Mr. Pankow is an author,
actor and a member of the Southern Party. We are indebted to him for his