To the editor,
The recent action to rename the mascot at Franklin High School as well as concerns about the Confederate statue and Williamson County’s seal result from misunderstood conceptions about what Southerners are honoring.
To the uninformed, the only reason the War Between the States was fought was to end slavery. Slavery was certainly the hot tipping point embedded in issues in 1860. Issues related to trade with other countries, different opinions about the purpose of a union, authority of government and application of majority rule were all reasons why the South wanted to leave the union.
Contrary to current beliefs, a large majority of the Confederate soldiers did not own slaves and would not have endured unbelievable hardships if the only reason was to allow a rich man to continue to keep slaves. Their states had joined the union of their own free will and could leave it just as easily, in their opinion.
Slavery was wrong, and no Southerner today would support it. We do not honor Confederates because of the slavery issue, we honor them because they stood up against Northern aggression and believe in a strong states’ rights republic form of government, as they did.
Also, the repression and mistreatment of citizens of the South during the so called “reconstruction” years is not commonly known and, therefore, not understood as a reason to honor those who struggled to try to keep that from happening.
It is time to stop ignoring history and start considering that there are other sides to the story.