James Gill’s column on Sunday, June 28, espouses the opinion that “Black people can hardly be expected to honor a society that enslaved their forebears” but do just that in self-identification. Rather than identify as Americans, some prefer African-Americans.

History sustains the fact that many of the Africans shipped to the Americas during the slaving era were sold/bartered by fellow Africans. The fact that slavery existed on the continent of Africa hundreds of years prior to the arrival of Europeans is well documented. This sorry history also shows that the evil slave trade continues even today, especially amongst Muslims, in Africa. Why is this society honored? I don’t think the hyphenation is a genealogy lesson.

It is also not celebrated that the end of slavery, except in Africa, was accomplished by white Europeans and Americans. The ending of this activity was at a high cost of both treasure and blood.

Being self-identified by hyphenation indicates, among other things, divided loyalty.

Why does a society that espouse a goal of being color blind feel compelled to always identify color at all? Why is there a ___(insert a color here) Miss America, or ____ (insert color) legislative caucus? Is this a form of “catch up?” Who decides when everything is “caught up?” Is this a decision for the Supreme Court, (Advocate publisher) John Georges or (President) Barack Obama? Some would suggest the Rev. Al Sharpton. All seem to have a financial stake if the goal is never achieved.

The Confederate battle flag has been ill-used as a symbol for extremists. Likewise the crucifix. The flag belongs in a museum, along with the other six to eight relics that have flown (depending on your address) over our country. The names and likenesses of past history makers, however, should not be sacrificed for political correctness. They are not here to defend themselves in a life and time that they are not a part of and did not know.

Being politically incorrect, I do not expect this (amongst others) letter to be published. I assume this is because of policy.

Michel Fourrier


Baton Rouge