Letter to Legislature on HR 1442
Southern Heritage Political Action Committee
Fighting to Preserve our Southern Heritage
Dear Member of the General Assembly:
Recently some attention has been given to House Resolution 1442 and the companion Senate Resolution 856. It is our understanding that representations have been made to our legislators that these resolutions have the support of the Heritage community. Nothing could be further from the truth.
We have not been consulted about these resolutions and only learned about them recently. We have serious reservations about them.
We find it a matter of concern foremost because some seem to think that these resolutions will serve as a satisfactory substitute for the refusal of the legislature and the Governor to permit the 1956 Georgia Veterans’ Memorial Flag to be a choice on the recent farcical referendum.
Each and every organization listed below repudiates any such interpretation. We are united in our determination to accept nothing less than a fair vote on the Flag which will represent Georgians in the future.
Furthermore, the Resolutions themselves add little to the proper respect for our Confederate heritage and leave open the possibility of serious damage.
Instead of flying the 1956 Flag everywhere in Georgia, we are asked to be content with display at one location on two days of the year.
The Georgia Code (O.C.G.A. § 50-3-10) already authorizes the display of Confederate symbols, presumably including the 1956 State Flag, at any public building or school building.
The proposed resolution simply urges commemoration of the period of Southern Independence. We can imagine the kinds of commemoration that the metro Atlanta area schools would see fit to authorize.
We are invited to raise money and donate it to the state for a memorial or marker which must be approved by the State Properties Commission for both site and design. Evidently, final approval would be held by this Commission. This does not sound very encouraging.
Some have questioned whether the designation of the area around the Gordon statue undermines the purpose of the Stone Mountain Memorial Park. This is also of concern to us.
In short, the Resolutions offer little and hold much danger.
Esau was willing to sell his heritage and birthright for a mess of pottage. Our heritage and birthright is not for sale.
The Southern Heritage Political Action Committee, Martin O’Toole, Chairman
The Southern Party of Georgia, Steve Harris, Vice Chairman
Candidate for Governor, Ray McBerry, Chairman
United Native Americans, Gary Spottedwolf, Spokesman
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