Yesterday I briefly touched on a story out of Valdese, North Carolina involving Reverend Herman White, who was asked to address a group of students as part of the area’s Founders Day Festival. Rev. White shared his own version of the region’s history that included stories of loyal and happy slaves and other scenes out of his Lost Cause playbook. The most disturbing aspect of this story is that the entire situation was easily avoidable. A number of people associated with the school administration claimed that they could not know what Mr. White would touch on in his remarks.
Unfortunately, even a basic online search would have raised any number of red flags. This is the same Rev. White who was responsible for the course at Randolph Community College back in 1998 in which he spewed his racist nonsense of happy slaves and tens of thousands of loyal black Confederate soldiers. Clearly, this man doesn’t belong anywhere near students in a learning environment. I blame the school officials for not taking the proper steps to do even a simple background check on Rev. White.