Letter to the Editor: Our Southern heritage is under fire again

The recent events in Charlottesville have shown once again how our Southern heritage has come under fire and is trying to be destroyed by both the far right and left.

First, General Lee would have not stood with either side during this protest, and would have probably ordered all involved executed. Lee, the most popular officer on either side, was offered command of union forces before Virginia succeeded. Unlike General  Grant, who had slaves and didn’t release them until December 1866, Lee never bought a slave in his life. He inherited slaves from his father-in-law several years before the war, and freed them five years later in 1862 as instructed. So respected was Lee that after the war he was asked by many to run for president!

To say that slavery had nothing to do with the war is just as crazy as saying it was the only reason. Slavery had died out years before in the North as it was no longer profitable because of the huge influx of immigrants from Europe who worked for little money and in terrible conditions. Also, why is it never discussed that 75 percent of people in the South didn’t own slaves? Another fact not discussed is why was the South providing 87 percent of revenue to the entire U.S. in 1860? If slavery was the sole reason for the war, then why did the emancipation proclamation of 1863 free only slaves in the confederate states and not in the United States? Why was West Virginia admitted to the union in 1863 as a slave state?

Someone shouldn’t be ashamed to be proud of their heritage, or called a racist because of it. I am sick of these groups using my heritage to push their agendas of hate. Vladmir Lenin, the founder of modern communism and a hero to both radical factions, said that “A lie told often enough becomes truth.” Most confederate soldiers, when asked why they were fighting, answered simply, “because you are here.” If 75,000 troops were going to march through your hometown and possibly destroy it, what would you do?

William Robinson II, Middletown