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COLUMN SEVENTY-SIX, OCTOBER 1, 2002
(Copyright 2002 The Blacklisted Journalist)

STILL FIGHTING THE CIVIL WAR

HUH?

Subject: HELLO,
Date: Sat, 17 Aug 2002 01:01:05 -0400 (EDT)
From: cindyschrader@webtv.net  (Cindy Schrader)
To: info@blacklistedjournalist.com

DON'T YOU KNOW THAT BLACKS FOUGHT AND DIED FOR THE SOUTH AND' THE CONFEDERATE FLAG?' NOT ALL BLACKS FEEL THE WAY THAT YOU DO ABOUT" OLD STARS AND BARS!"

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REPLY

From: al aronowitz <info@blacklistedjournalist.com
Organization: THE BLACKLISTED JOURNALIST
To: Cindy Schrader <cindyschrader@webtv.net>
CC: "Baraka, Amiri" <Amirib@aol.com>,
     "Whitehead, Ron" <Tappingmyphone@aol.com>,
     "Jonsdottir, Birgitta" <birgitta@this.is>

CINDY: Thank you for your e. No, I did not know that blacks fought and died for the south, the confederate flag and the confederacy. If they did, I can only assume that (1) either all 2 or 3 or 4 of them were either in a delusional state or had guns at their backs or (2) you have been misinformed. I will forward your e to some friends who know more than I do about blacks fighting in the Civil War and I will also put our exchange of emails on the email page of THE BLACKLISTED JOURNALIST so readers can contribute to this debate, apparently occasioned by "STARS & BARS ROCK GROUP! LYNRD SKYNRD AND THE KKK" at /column53b.html .

Unless you can come up with verification, your e is nothing but bs.

Best, Al

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A FEW WORDS FROM AMIRI BARAKA

Subject: Re: HELLO,
Date: Mon, 19 Aug 2002 21:25:18 EDT
From: Amirib@aol.com
To: info@blacklistedjournalist.com  

SLAVERY MEANS "FORCE." ARE THERE ANY SURVEYS OF HOW MANY SLAVES ENJOY SLAVERY? IF YOU HAVE THE NAMES AND ADDRESSES OF THE NEGROES YOU REFERRED TO, WE WD BE GLAD TO INTERVIEW THEM.   AMIRI BARAKA

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ANOTHER CONFEDERATE FLAG-LOVER

Subject: please respond
Date: Sun, 11 Aug 2002 21:42:53 -0400
From: "Joseph" <jhiatt@sc.rr.com>
To: <Address:info@blacklistedjournalist.com>

Yes I was reading your website and I'm very concerned about the confederate battle flag issue and the racism.  I dont see how the flag is a symbol of racism.  Its a flag from the civil war that still remains today.  Everyone that likes the confederate flag does not automatically mean that they are racist.  Why is everyone so concerned about it?  Its not like the African-Americans dont have their groups.  I also have observed some black individuals that have the rebel flag.  I also dont never see the KKK on T.V.  I always see the NAACP on the news.  Correct me if I'm wrong but I dont think I am.  Thanks for your time.

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REPLY

Subject: Re: please respond
Date: Tue, 13 Aug 2002 09:55:18 -0400
From: al aronowitz <info@blacklistedjournalist.com>
Organization: THE BLACKLISTED JOURNALIST
To: Joseph <jhiatt@sc.rr.com>

JOSEPH: I didn't write the article. It was written by 2 white poets who reflect an opinion that I share. I wasn't alive during the civil war and neither was anybody else now living in America. But there is a minority of white supremacists who claim the stars and bars as their symbol. The black community is outraged by southerners who cherish the confederate flag, especially now, when the nation is fighting against attackers. Patriotism demands allegiance to the American flag and not to a banner that represented slave-holding treason. You might be a southerner who cherishes the flag as part of your heritage but as such you unwittingly give backing to white supremacists, one of whom is the minority leader in the u.s. senate. A group called THE SONS OF THE CONFEDERACY loves people like you who wittingly or unwittingly are still fighting the civil war--Al Aronowitz

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