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Another viewpoint on Confederate Room sign


The Herald’s Friday, February 21, 2014 edition presents oversize headlines and a multiple-page article that a tasteful, historical, local-heritage-depicting sign on Rumrunners, a private business, on private land, “draws concern on campus.” A large subheadline further states, “Name, rebel flags viewed as barring black students.”

The article draws upon the “opinions” of the primary student activist in which she espouses that the “images” on the sign add up to a racist message and says “no blacks allowed.”

For me, this has become the tipping point whereby I shall attempt to present the view from the other end of the telescope:

➤ Not all things are racist. Dare I suggest that it takes one to see racism behind every bush?

➤ Constantly playing the race card tends to overplay one’s hand. I reference little Peter constantly shouting wolf.

➤ Not your best example to bring up: The dress codes “... became especially apparent when black students attempt-ed to go to Rumrunners and the Plantation Room after two clubs they had frequented, the Platinum Lounge and the Primetime Lounge, were closed down.” (Statesboro city officials got a court order to shutter them after repeated gun violence at both.) Duh!

Speaking of images, someone wearing their pants down around their thighs, flat-bill hats pulled 30 degrees off center, loud talk or other “urban dress” conveys to me a threat image in which I feel the need to be vigilante lest I become a “Knockout Game” candidate.

Any establishments making an effort to protect and project decorum and standards of conduct have my strong and
favorable support. Signs and advertisements that convey this image should be not only condoned, but expected.
Should the manager of this establishment be coerced into changing his inoffensive sign, who would decide of what the “approved” version would consist? Would it be a Political Correctness Committee? Or, perhaps, a campus black Caucus?

While I’ve not yet been labeled a “Bible Thumper,” this event cries out for the wisdom of my back pocket verse, Proverbs 26:5. (King James Version, if you please.)

I submit my very warm, if somewhat pained regards.

Robert E. Snyder, Jr.Statesboro

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