I received a great comment from friend, fellow hoopster and seeker of social justice Dany Fleming in response to my recent Joe Wilson post that I thought merited its own post:
Subject: a little bit o’ of the south
I thought this was relevant to your Joe Wilson blog. It’s an article in our local newspaper about a confederate flag incident at a local rural HS. It’s an incident that’s generally repeated every year at one local school or another.
The article has generated more online comments than any other story over the past several months. They’re telling and honest comments. Some of your bloggers might find it an interesting (and possibly disturbing) view into Southern reality.
BTW – the newspaper is part of a chain of about 6-7 small papers along the western side of VA. They’re all owned by the Byrd family and they have no local competition. The editorials are exclusively written by the Byrd’s and are like Fox news in print. This type of monopoly on local news and editorializing is rampant throughout the South and it’s a significant and under-appreciated force.