Skip to comments.North Carolina elementary school rewards black student with Confederate hat
Posted on 01/21/2014 4:03:43 AM PST by dennisw
The 9-year-old boy's outraged mother said she's unable to grasp how her son's school thought it was appropriate to send him home with the hat on his head. 'This stands for a dark time in our history,' Natasha Lea told MyFox8 in tears. A North Carolina mother is reeling after an elementary school rewarded her black son with a Confederate Army hat.
When Natasha Lea's 9-year-old son Jacob got off his Reidsville school bus last week, she said she was absolutely floored by what she saw him wearing on his head.
Natasha Lea said she can't understand why her son's elementary school thought the item was appropriate for an African American boy to wear.
"I did not want to believe that. That a school actually let him walk around as an African American child with a Confederate cap on," she said.
Rockingham County Spokesperson Karen Hyler confessed that the hat was given away to Lea's son as part of a class prize in exchange for "big bucks," a kind of academic currency rewarded to their students.
But the gift wasn't given in a "malicious way" by his teacher, she said.
"Before winter break in December, the class had an auction where students could bid on different items using their 'big bucks,'" she told MyFox8. The grey and black hat shows no markings on the outside but on the inside the tag, seen here, reads 'Confederate.'
The grey and black hat shows no markings on the outside but on the inside the tag, seen here, reads 'Confederate.'
The cap, one of several items donations by families to be used as prizes, was consequently given to Jacob.
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no outside Confederate markings on it!!!!!
She may have ruined her son’s special day, but I’m even more concerned about the rest of his life.
The kid chose this prize himself and cared enough to look for it. I find the mother disappointing.
I’m beginning to think our society will never change. AA’s have been so brain washed that they just believe what they hear.
The left have robbed the blacks of their country, they do not have one now.
Someone donated the hat for the teachers to use in an auction using script the kids had earned. The kid freely and willing chose the hat. Given the current state of education, it is likely that the teachers involved had no idea of the significance of the color and shape of the hat.
The proverbial tempest in the hysterical teapot.
Ms Lea, were you a slave in the 1800s? Your son wanted it and besides do you know that blacks did fight for the south?
Black slaves were impressed to perform tasks for the CSA, and some officers brought servants from home. The blacks involved identified for the most part with the Southern home, and were not necessarily Union sympathizers. Towards the end of the War the Confederate Government, offered slaves the opportunity with a promise of manumission after the War, and black units were formed.
Methinks a whiff of lawsuit is in the air. The buzzards circle in their kettle.
Louisiana had a relatively large number of free blacks, and black slaveholders.
Time to be done with being offended. Folks who are offended are weak.
She woke up outraged, then learned about the hat.
The First Louisiana Native Regiment was an all black Civil War unit.
There were actually 2 of units with this same name. The Union Unit had all black enlisted men with white officers. The Confederate Unit had all black enlisted men, but the officers were black. What does this show?
Never mind the fact that there were blacks fighting for the confederacy.
Let me see. Rampant illegitimacy, astronomical crime rates, rampant drugs - all destroying the black community and she is ticked off over - a HAT?????????
Blacks DID support the confederacy at times - either aiding their masters on the field, in construction work, and - too late for the Confederates - as soldiers.
Somewhere in the Bill of Rights there must be an amendment saying that Blacks and homosexuals should never be offended. The woman is obviously living in the wrong place, so she should move where this law is in effect.
This was a gray and black hat that the boy chose to bid on. If his mother hadn’t made such an ass of herself with her over-reaction to the inside tag, he would have enjoyed the cap.
Yes, yes. It was a time when a central government chose to ignore the founding principles of federalism and committed one tyrannical act after another.
It sounds familiar....
A little history on the man .
H.K. Edgerton Southern Ladies and Gentlemen: It's pretty easy to understand and support people of your own race. After all, you share many of the same traits, similar outward appearance and much of the same history and culture. There is no shortage of people and organizations speaking up and advocating for their particular race. It is rare to find a person or organization that speaks up and advocates for all races. Most don't even try to understand the feelings of other races, much less advocate for them. It takes a special person to do so. It takes a person who has a deep compassion and love for all people, a person who is sensitive and caring for everyone, no matter their status in life, their circumstances of birth, their political persuasion, and their past or future promise. It takes a person without any prejudices whatsoever. It takes a person that cares more for the well being of others more than he does for himself. I have the honor of knowing such an individual. This person works everyday for the rights and well being of others. He works without pay. He has given up his comfort and a life of leisure for others. He uses the little money that people donate to him to travel and advocate for people that need his help. He tries his best to help them no matter what the color of their skin. More often than not, the people he helps the most are of a different race. He advocates for our brave, often maligned and misunderstood Southern ancestors. He seeks to right the wrongs that our federal schools heap upon our Southern children. He has marched thousands of miles carrying the Confederate Battle flag in the face of jeering bystanders. He has stood up for the beliefs that you and I share with him. He has been assaulted, hit and kicked, while most of us were safe in our homes watching TV with our families. This person is H.K. Edgerton. He is our foremost modern day black Confederate and Southern Heritage hero. He is a hero to thousands and thousands of school children and Southern Heritage advocates. He has changed the lives and beliefs of many, black and white. I believe he is a man ahead of his time. He is a man who will be remembered in history as one of the greatest civil rights activists of our generation. He is a civil rights worker who sacrificed his own well being, not for money, not for power, but for the rights and well being of others. Southern Heritage does not have a greater or more dedicated ambassador than H.K. Edgerton. To those of you who would like to make a tax deductible contribution to a non- profit organization and support H.K. Edgerton now, please make your checks payable to: Southern Heritage 411 and send it to: Southern Heritage 411, Inc. P O Box 220 Odum GA 31555-0220 Dewey Barber Owner, Dixie Outfitters
The colored soldiers are real, but the weapons may have been props belonging to the photographer’s studio, a common practice then.
Anyway, nobody clapped a Confederate cap on this kid’s head; he chose it himself only to have hysterical Mommy ruin the entire occasion.
“When Natasha Lea’s 9-year-old son Jacob got off his Reidsville school bus last week, she said she was absolutely floored by what she saw him wearing on his head.
The grey and black hat shows no markings on the outside but on the inside the tag, seen here, reads ‘Confederate.’”
A story by the NY Daily News to gin up outrage among New Yorkers. All part of the “DeBlasio tide”
“tag” - it’s a price sticker!
Reeling? For real(s) ? Please.
Here's some real Rock and Roll
I guess the school should have chained him to a radiator? Can't have black kids walking around and feeling free. /sarcasm
So do most of your whites.
He was just doing his part..
According to Section 103-4 of the North Carolina General Statutes, Robert E. Lees birthday is recognized as a legal holiday in the state of N.C. on Jan. 19.
Louisiana had a relatively large number of free blacks, and black slaveholders.
One of the largest plantations in Florida was owned and operated by a Black Woman. Many of your Cherokees owned slaves.
Wench. Get over it.
You are all incorrect here - she SHOULD suit, the school district, for hiring a teacher that, bless her heart, knows NOTHING about the Civil War, not even blue versus grey for crying out loud!!!!
The kid liked the hat. The teacher should have seen the reality and gone to the principle and gotten money to purchase a replacement Yankee blue - then sent BOTH home to the mother to let her decide - her son’s preference or the mother’s better judgement either way.
A black kid riding his bike with a Confederate cap would be an embarrassment and he needs to know, yet needs to get his well earned prize.
My kids re-enact civil war in our back yard with both flags or only the northern flag - there’s no solely Confederate flag of any style out of respect for the dignity of my fellow Americans that might otherwise easily misunderstand.
Blacks in the Confederacy were not free enough to choose, not as free as even the poor whites to choose sides fully, that was the whole point of ending slavery(!!!!) regardless what the war was fought over.
The lives of blacks and whites in the South were and are so intertwined and the relationships are to complex for most of the Yankee media and historians to comprehend, let alone to write this history in their text books. I believe that most Yankee soldiers were astonished that it wasn’t as they were told as they invaded the South.
The hoods went first....that was all that was left.
Hey, I wonder why those boys are wearing Yankee uniforms? Could it be that they were actually union soldiers?
Yes. That is why Medea is so loved by blacks AND whites. When my (white) family watches ‘her’ and her family we don’t see black culture we see southern culture.
She has the luxury of being able to be offended over a hat because she lives in America. If she were living in Africa because her ancestors weren’t brought to America, she would most likely be struggling just to survive.
New Orleans had a lot of free black businessmen who joined the resistance against the occupying Union forces who were raping and thieving the citizens.
And filled with pride. It's hard to offend a humble person.
There weren’t any black CSA units till the end of the War, prior to that, blacks in CSA units were not combatants, nor members of the military. I would not be surprised if blacks attached to CSA took up the arms of fallen members of their units to fight the Northerners. From contemporary accounts of Northerners, many blacks identified as Southerners, though considerable numbers of escaped slaves became Northern camp followers, as well.
Series I, Volume IV
Colonel John W. Phelps (1st Vermont Infantry)
Theythe enemytalked of having 9,000 men. They had twenty pieces of artillery, among which was the Richmond Howitzer Battery, manned by negroes.
Series I, Volume XIV
Colonel Benjamin C. Christ (50th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers)
There were six companies of mounted riflemen, besides infantry, among which were a considerable number of colored men.”
Series I, Volume XVI
Lieutenant Colonel John G. Parkhurst (9th Michigan Infantry)
There were also quite a number of negroes attached to the Texas and Georgia troops, who were armed and equipped, and took part in the several engagements with my forces during the day.
Series III, Volume II
Richard Yates, Governor of Illinois
Excerpt from a Letter to President Abraham Lincoln:
They [CSA] arm negroes and merciless savages in their behalf. Mr. Lincoln, the crisis demands greater efforts and sterner measures.
Series I, Volume XV
Major Frederick Frye (9th Regiment Connecticut Volunteers)
Pickets were thrown out that night, and Captain Hennessy, Company E, of the Ninth Connecticut, having been sent out with his company, captured a colored rebel scout, well mounted, who had been sent out to watch our movements.”
Series I, Volume XIII
Major General Samuel R. Curtis (2nd Iowa Infantry)
We are not likely to use one negro where the rebels have used a thousand. When I left Arkansas they were still enrolling negroes to fortify the rebellion.
Series I, Volume XIX, Part I-Reports
Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Wheeler Downey (3rd Maryland Infantry, Potomac Home Brigade)
Question by the Judge Advocate.: Do you know of any individual of the enemy having been killed or wounded during the siege of Harpers Ferry?
Answer. I have strong reasons to believe that there was a negro killed, who had wounded 2 or 3 of my men. I know that an officer took deliberate aim at him, and he fell over. He was one of the skirmishers of the enemy, and wounded 3 of my men. I know there must have been some of the enemy killed.
Question. How do you know the negro was killed?
Answer. The officer saw him fall.
Series I, Volume XVII
Brigadier General D. Stuart (U.S. Army 4th Brigade and Second Division)
It had to be prosecuted under the fire of the enemy’s sharpshooters, protected as well as the men might be by our skirmishers on the bank, who were ordered to keep up so vigorous a fire that the enemy should not dare to lift their heads above their rifle-pits; but the enemy, and especially their armed negroes, did dare to rise and fire, and did serious execution upon our men.
Series II, Volume VI
(Prisoners of War)
Lieutenant-Colonel William H Ludlow (Agent for Exchange of Prisoners / 73rd New York Volunteer Infantry)
And more recently the Confederate legislature of Tennessee have passed an act forcing into their military service (I quote literally) all male free persons of color between the ages of fifteen and fifty, or such number as may be necessary, who may be sound in body and capable of actual service; and they further enacted that in the event a sufficient number of free persons of color to meet the wants of the State shall not tender their services, then the Governor is empowered through the sheriff’s of different counties to impress such persons until the required number is obtained.
Series III, Volume III
Thomas H. Hicks (United States Senator, Maryland)
Excerpt from a Letter to President Abraham Lincoln:
I do and have believed that we ought to use the colored people, after the rebels commenced to use them against us.
Series I, Volume XXXV, Part I, Reports, Correspondence, etc.
Brigadier General Alexander Asboth (U.S. Army, District of West Florida)
We pursued them closely for 7 miles, and captured 4 privates of Goldsby’s company and 3 colored men, mounted and armed, with 7 horses and 5 mules with equipments, and 20 Austrian rifles
Series I, Volume XLI, Part IV, Correspondence, Etc.
Captain P. L. Powers (47th Missouri Infantry, Company H)
We have turned up eleven bushwhackers to dry and one rebel negro.
Series I, Volume XLIX, Part II
Major A. M. Jackson (10th U. S. Colored Heavy Artillery)
The rebels are recruiting negro troops at Enterprise, Mississippi, and the negroes are all enrolled in the State.
Sorry, bub. I remember, like 25 years ago, a young black night shift janitor at our plant in Massachusetts drove a Miata with a Confederate States Army flag in the front license plate bracket. He had a NH plate on the rear. So here was a young black adult with a rear plate that said "Live Free or Die!" and a front plate that celebrated the Army of Northern Virginia! Al Sharpton would have had a coronary. I never put a political bumber sticker on any car in my life, but I wanted to get CSA Flag flag for my pick-up. My wife won't let me. Okay, I'm whipped, I admit it.