I would suggest reading Stirring the Pot and then South Carolina by the Numbers, including the comments before reading below.
First off thank you for your well thought out and almost reasonable response.
I’m going to start off with the easy ones and work to the hard one if you don’t mind.
How long have I lived in SC
I make no secret that I am not a native to the state. Technically I am stateless because although I was born in Maine, my father was in the Navy there and I was not a citizen. I actually like it that way because I can look at it as, I had the whole world to choose to call home and South Carolina was the only one that fit right.
I’ve been in the state long enough to remember when the Democrats ran the state and the sales tax was only 4 cents. Raising it to 5 cents was going to save our Education System and have us right up there with Florida. I think we have moved 1 spot in the 25 odd years since it was raised.
South Carolina Civil War Sesquicentennial Advisory Board
You are right, as a normal person, I have no chance in hell to be on the committee and never thought I would be on it. Heck, when I emailed a few of the Senators on the Education committee and got no response, it just underlined what the general feeling to the “common citizens” truly is.
Overall it seems like an open and shut piece of legislation that keeps getting killed due to inaction. That being said, the Commission – in my opinion - is too big to begin with. Senator McConnell did a wonderful job trying to balance all the sides out in his proposed legislation but there are too many sides involved.
My point from the beginning was that every day we miss in planning is a day wasted. Not to mention several of our neighbor states are already well past the planning stages. I may harp on South Carolina but it is my beloved South Carolina and I do so only in the hopes of seeing it become a better state.
So, I am afraid that we will fall into the ole SC trap, wait until the last minute to start on something, have it implemented and it failing. Followed quickly by blaming everyone and thing but the fact that most sat on their butts instead of working.
But the reason I brought it up, was if the Confederate Flag is so important, why is no one else fighting for this Board to be established? It seems like a natural extension of wanting to promote the heritage of the state.
So, I may be misreading this from the SC Chapter's website.
Admission to the organization shall be by invitation through a Chapter.
The application shall bear the endorsement of two members of the accepting Chapter to whom the applicant is personally known. She shall be accepted for membership as described in the UDC Bylaws
The way I see it is that you fill the application out and then get it endorsed by existing members - the chapter than votes on letting the applicant in or not. The reason I read it like this has to do with my Fraternity days and we had very similar wording for our pledges. Now, also having been involved with looking into the membership process of the Washington Light Infantry and The Hibernian Society (as I found out the hard way – not to be confused with another National Irish organization) I can see where your comment comes true.
So, I than went to the National Homepage and found that at their site, they actually say, if you are interested in joining, contact a certain address. Seems like they are willing to have people prove they are of descent and let you in. For now, I’m willing to state that there is a good chance that I am wrong but does that really move the needle on those who care about their heritage?
Percentage of people fighting for the Confederacy
Here is one where I agree with your assessment of the numbers – not that I didn’t check the originals just to make sure. But by checking it did show me something that I always wondered, less than 10,000 free African-Americans were in the state. The one question on this that bothers me still, could there really have been close to 100% participation from the 15-49 year olds? It seems too much like a crooked election where 99% of the population votes a dictator back into the position. For now, I’ll have to go with that but will definitely need to look into it more.
Catering to the Minority
Like you, I did my best to find some numbers on members of the NAACP in SC but it was close to impossible to find, besides the national number of 400,000 and the fact that they were cutting staff nationwide.
But that was not what I was trying to show. It was actually comparing to one of the major arguments I hear over and over again, the flag would be catering to the vocal minority of the NAACP. When looking at the number of people who have claimed through membership their heritage, 0.12% seems like an even smaller vocal minority. So which minority is truly a minority?
One last thing on the minority, should we ignore them if they are right? I am not asking if the flag flying is right or not, I am asking if we should just ignore a population because they don’t have the numbers. Just think how much worse this country would have been without the NJ Compromise during the Constitutional Convention. SC has been real lucky in producing some powerful senators over the years. Without NJ’s fear of being ignored by the bigger states, we wouldn’t have had such a chance.
And lastly – just how hard did I hit my head
Well, I have to thank you for reading my other posts, makes me feel good to know at least one person outside of my family did.
Thankfully, the grinder didn’t hit my skull - it was more the jaw, it would be one heck of a head scar and I would hate to see what kind of bad hair days that would have made. But I will be honest that we can blame the SC educational system once again. Three years of High School football and 4 years at The Citadel can do more damage to one’s brain than you could ever imagine.