I am a Black woman who has lived in Meade County for 65 years. My family and I have experienced being victimized and abused by racist haters. In the late 70s, we had a cross burned in front of our house on a Friday night. We called the sheriff to no avail. My husband took action to protect our family. He told the sheriff’s dispatcher that they needed to have their blue lights flashing and sirens on when they do come to our home, but they did not come out until Monday night (3 days later) with their blue lights and sirens on.
Also my late husband was struck by rocks and chains and chased out of the lower end of the county just because he was a Black man riding a motorcycle. We had to work extra hard to advance on the job and in our private lives. But throughout the years, some things have changed, but some have not. Some people have changed their way of thinking about people of color. Even now I have made a lot of dear white friends along the way. I have to say through interaction with one another and engaging in dialogue, we have found out that we have more in common than we realized and this has made us much closer.
I am writing in regard to the Messenger dated June 25, 2020 Zach Greenwell’s Letter to the Editor titled “Remove an Unnecessary Mistake.” He referred to an article in the Washington Post recalling the County Judge Executive telling about a concerned Black resident “Don’t worry we’re not going to let people come down there and throw a fit and have Confederate flags and call names. It took less than three years to break that promise.” I am still that concerned Black resident. I agree with Zach Greenwell about removing this monument. As long as that monument is there, there will always be trouble. Do not think they are gone; they will be back. I made a promise to myself that as long as that Confederate monument is downtown, I will not go downtown. So far, I have kept my promise.
I informed the Judge Executive that it was going to cause a lot of trouble, and I told him the money they used to move and set up the monument in Meade County could be used in other ways to improve our county and not divide our county, which is exactly what it is doing!
Now we are in a time of complete chaos and unrest in our country and the world because of discrimination and police brutality. Some people do not understand what the Confederate flags and monuments represent to people of color, and they just follow old war stories they have heard and do not know the true history behind these negative confederate symbols, which is “Slavery” to people of color!