Eatery Owner Fights Confederate Flag With Zoning Complaint
May 22, 2017
ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) — A restaurateur has filed a zoning complaint over a Confederate flag flying near his South Carolina eatery, amid an ongoing feud with the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
The Post and Courier reports ( http://bit.ly/2rXkKvH ) an attorney for Edisto River Creamery & Kitchen owner Tommy Daras sent a letter Wednesday to the city of Orangeburg arguing the flag is on land that doesn't meet business zoning requirements. Some members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans threatened to have Daras arrested for trespassing when he sought to remove the flag last November.
The group says it was deeded 130 square feet (12 square meters) by the ex-property owner, a barbecue operator known for distributing white supremacist literature.
The Sons' Leland Summers declined an interview, but said the group would answer the complaint.
It is true that some individuals use the "Stars and Bars" as a hate symbol, associating it with slavery. What most people don't seem to understand is that the institution of slavery was NEVER for the specific purpose of racism. Slavery was a business institution, not hate.
Without slavery, many plantations could not afford to operate. Hired ranch hands expected to be paid, and get room and board - and they expected the room and board to be of a higher quality than that which the slaves got.
When slavery was finally outlawed, many plantations folded up because they couldn't afford to hire the workers they needed. Slavery was business, not hate.
Okay, most of the overseers were pretty mean types. They had to be to do that kind of work - just as people who work in slaughterhouses today have to have a certain kind of personality. They have to be able to kill hundreds of animals a day and not have it bother them. The overseers had to be able to be, well, let's face it, mean and cruel to keep the slaves in line. To do that they had to be mean and cruel themselves or they would not be able to function.
I'm not dfending slavery mind you. I'm just saying from the point of view of the plantation owners, it was purely business, not hatred. The hate came later.