My name is —– —–. I am the commander of the Gen. Henry L. Benning Camp 517 in Columbus, GA. The former commander of this camp contacted me on a serious issue that I thought would get your attention. He has a daughter who I would consider very smart and brave. During a discussion about the war of northern aggression, she wrote as an answer on a test to the question on why the war started, as the war was started on greed. The teacher approached her about it and argued with her that it was slavery that was the issue. The girl then asked the teacher where she was from, which of course the teacher was a yankee from Ohio. She then quoted to the teacher Gen. Cleburne about how schools would be taught by northern teachers. Well, the school is going to have a cultural diversity day where the students get to pick and talk about their culture of choice. She chose the south. She is planning on wearing a period dress and then singing Dixie in front of her class. Today the teacher told her she could not sing Dixie because it might offend someone. This is outrageous! Her dad has a meeting with the school on Monday about it then he plans on going before the school board, but we dont expect much to come out of it. If there is any advice that you can give us or any help you can provide we would greatly appreciate this. This child loves the south more than any other child I have ever seen. Thank you for what you do for us!
First of all, I love this baby girl. She is indicative of so many brave young Southern girls who like herself, I have had the great honor of having my life cross their paths. I have no far reaching answer to this , other than to say if this brave soul could talk her teacher and her administration to allow me to be a part of her presentation, I would gladly stand beside this baby, and sing Dixie with her. God bless you Sir. I will continue to contemplate the matter.