The right thing
I would like to reply to the writer of the May 14 letter, “One question,” who asked those who will decide on the name of the fair, “Why would you bow to the demands of a few, and ignore the wishes of many?”
Maybe because doing the right thing is more important than being popular.
I wondered what the big deal was about the name “Dixie” until I heard the ministers talk about the harm it has caused them and other African Americans in the community. I can’t understand why anyone with a conscience would be more concerned with propping up an offensive word than in making our wonderful fair appealing to everyone.
I suggest this letter writer and other vociferous defendants of “Dixie” spend a little time considering the other side. This community doesn’t just belong to the majority — it belongs to everyone who lives here. When we can have a name that offends some or a name that makes everyone feel welcome, why not make everyone feel welcome? Who does it hurt?
Offensive to some
I’ve been thinking a lot about the city of Winston-Salem contemplating changing the name of the Dixie Classic Fair. I understand that the word “Dixie” may be offensive to some, but I think a word only reminds you of what you want it to mean. For example “Dixie” reminds me of sweet iced tea, Lexington-style barbecue, warm sunny days and hospitality.
If we intend on changing the names of everything that offends someone, why stop at “Dixie”? Why not change the name of our county? After all, it was named after Benjamin Forsyth, who was recorded in history books as being a soldier and landowner who owned between two and 13 slaves.
Preparing for war
I’m already against the war that President Trump is preparing to start with Iran.
Evidence: He installed the most hawkish national security adviser we’ve ever had, John Bolton, who has been itching for a war with Iran for decades. Two Saudi Arabian oil tankers and a Norwegian ship were damaged near the Persian Gulf last weekend, and even though no one knows who did it, fingers are being pointed at Iran. (Hey, conspiracy theorists — why isn’t this a “false flag”?) U.S. government employees are being withdrawn from Iraq in preparation for something.
The New York Times reported that U.S. officials were discussing a military plan to send up to 120,000 troops to the Middle East to counter any attack or nuclear-weapons acceleration by Iran. President Trump called the report “fake news,” which means it’s probably true.
Trump broke the treaty the U.S. signed with Iran, the U.K., France, China, Russia and Germany. Let’s be clear about that: Iran didn’t break the treaty, the U.S. under Trump did.
There’s nothing like a war to rally the support he’s failed to find any other way. No, that wasn’t U.S. taxpayer money that Iran received back when the U.S. signed an anti-nuclear treaty with it in 2015; it was Iran’s own money, unfrozen after being held for years. But I’ll bet Trump will refer to it falsely as he starts making his case to take the U.S. to war.
Mark B. Howard
Eradicating the past
The writer of the May 13 letter “Until the next time …”, defending the term “Dixie,” writes that “What happened in the past cannot be eradicated.”
I agree. But we can stop honoring it. We can take a statue to white supremacy off its pedestal. That’s not eradicating the past; it’s refusing to worship it.
American history, including the Civil War, will be taught forever — including the facts that the South’s cause was ignoble and the South lost.
Raising a statue or waving a flag cannot eradicate those facts.
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