The problem with thoughtcrimes is you never know for sure what someone else is thinking. Sometimes I don’t even know what I’m thinking.
The North Carolina Department of Public Safety is responding to the alarm raised in an open letter from concerned citizens about Confederate ties of one of its probation officers.
During the throes of the fight over the Silent Sam Confederate monument at UNC, the North Carolina Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans was on the front lines, defending the statue of a symbol of proud southern heritage.
The division’s commander, Kevin Stone, was a vocal defender.
Now, state officials are confirming to ABC11 that Stone is also a probation officer assigned to Chatham County.
“It’s just stunning,” said Mark Edwards, a Criminal Defense Attorney in Durham. Many of his clients are assigned probation officers in sentencing.
We showed Edwards the Sons of Confederate Veterans website where Stone is listed as a division commander and asked if Stone’s off-hour’s affiliation is something the state should be concerned with.
“Oh absolutely, absolutely,” Edwards said. “If nothing else, if he is the type of officer who supervises people in custody and comes into court and testifies. If I’m a criminal defense attorney and it’s someone of color he brought charges against, I’m going to start nailing him on his personal beliefs.”
ABC11’s calls and emails to Stone and the Sons were not returned.
Stone’s group led a recent effort to place mega-sized Confederate flags in every county in the state to in Stone’s words, “encourage education about the banner.”
But to many, the flag symbolizes slavery and racism.
A group of concerned citizens wrote an open letter to leaders at DPS urging Stone’s dismissal as an officer of the court.
“It is obvious how Mr. Stone’s unconcealed affinity for the racist values of the old Confederacy are in conflict with exercising his job responsibilities fairly and impartially,” the letter says in part. “The idea that he personally holds substantial influence over the fates of many people of color on probation is an affront to basic values of equal justice under the law.”
In a statement from DPS Director of Community Corrections Tracy Lee, the agency said it is investigating.
Current and former members of Sons of Confederate Veterans include Billy Graham, Clint Eastwood, and Harry Truman. The SCV is not connected to the KKK nor does it advocate racism, violence, discrimination, segregation, or slavery. It is not trying to restore the Confederacy not does it advocate secession. It is a perfectly legal non-profit organization.
Here is their Statement of Purpose:
We, the Sons of Confederate Veterans, having been commissioned by the Confederate Veterans themselves, retain our responsibility and right to adhere to the founding principles of the United States of America remembering the bravery, defending the honor and protecting the memory of our beloved Confederate Veterans, which includes their memorials, images, symbols, monuments and grave sites for ourselves and future generations.
In a speech in 1906, former Confederate Lt. General Stephen Dill Lee gave the following charge to The SCV:
To you, Sons of Confederate Veterans, we will commit the vindication of the cause for which we fought. To your strength will be given the defense of the Confederate soldier’s good name, the guardianship of his history, the emulation of his virtues, the perpetuation of those principles which he loved and which you love also, and those ideals which made him glorious and which you also cherish.
I am not a Southerner. My Mom’s family came mostly from England by way of Kansas. My dad was from Oklahoma. I don’t know if any of my relatives fought in the Civil War (for either side) but I do know that several of them (the Burdetts and Litchfields) came to America after the war.
I have said many times in the past that I don’t care for people waving the “Stars and Bars” at protests. But I also believe that we should not erase history. Slavery and the Confederacy are part of who we are. We made our peace with the South a long time ago. The guys who fought in the Civil War managed to make peace with each other over 100 years ago.
So what is it with the Left’s obsession with reopening old wounds?
The article does not cite any allegations that Kevin Stone has said or done anything racist. The author just assumes that he has improper beliefs. So now these “concerned citizens” want him fired because one or more of his ancestors wore the Gray and he isn’t ashamed to admit it.
The Antebellum South was not evil. It was a place with its own unique culture. It had colleges and universities. Many of our Founding Fathers were Southerners, as were a number of our Presidents. Thanks to Eli Whitney, the South got rich from King Cotton, but a lot of the money from cotton (and slavery) ended up in the North. There were some textile industry in the South, but most of the industry was north of the Mason-Dixon.
After the war, the South was bankrupt and in bad shape in terms of infrastructure, but within a few years, cotton production had exceeded pre-war levels. But the wealth of the South was wiped out so they were starting over. About the only thing they had left was their pride.
The survivors of the war were understandably reluctant to spend the rest of their lives doing penance. Nor did they want to raise their children to be ashamed of their heritage. So they built monuments to their losing cause.
Today the South is a very different place. Southerners still have no interest in doing a lifetime of penance and they take pride in those parts of their heritage that aren’t spelled “s-l-a-v-e-r-y.” The Confederate monuments are like gravestones. They honor dead people, without any mention of the bad things they did in their lives.
Leave history alone. The proper way to deal with it is not to hide it or destroy it, like the Taliban and ISIS trying to destroy pre-Islamic art. History needs to be put in its proper place and viewed from the proper perspective.
And Leftists need to go fuck themselves.
If they want to get rid of monuments to evil, let them start with statues of Marx and Lenin. Socialism killed more people than the Nazis and the Black Plague combined. And lose those shirts and posters of Che Guevara.