Alcolu resident responds to Ridgeway’s flag statements

by | June 29, 2015 2:23 pm

Initially, I had not planned to make comments to the statements of Rep. Robert Ridgeway, which were included in the article, “Ridgeway fears Confederate Flag issue distracts from Charleston tragedy,” published June 22, 2015, on and June 25, 2015, in The Manning Times.
As a supportive constituent, I am responding to make you, Rep. Ridgeway, aware of how I feel about your insensitive comments on this horrific incident.
Your comments did not surprise me, after remembering our last conversation following a meeting in which you, a County Council member and I were engaged in during early spring 2015.
First of all, you should take into account the horrific incident that took place June 21, 1995, in Clarendon County as rendered by the Ku Klux Klan, now known as the Council of Conservative Citizens. The incident in Charleston parallels what happened in Clarendon County in 1995. The only difference: No lives were lost in Clarendon County; however, a sacred place was violated.
I would suggest that you Google “Forgotten Fires” and “Two Klansmen were indicted for Burning SC Churches.”
The Confederate Flag has always represented a symbol of oppression, racism and violence perpetrated on groups not considered the majority. Our governor was able to draw and understand a correlation between the Confederate Flag and violence.
I surmised this conclusion prompted her to take bold steps Monday, June 22, 2015, calling for the flag’s removal from its hoist on our State House grounds. Her bi-partisan press conference was held on the same day your remarks were published.
I am strongly suggesting that you attempt to connect with some of your constituents who are members of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church. You said, “I am going to vote the way most of the people in District 64 tell me to vote.”
It is recommended that you take into account the ethnic composition of District 64 represented by you in the South Carolina House of Representatives. So, how are you planning to “ … wait and see how everyone feels about the issue?”
The greatest and only step you should take is to follow those who have seen and acted on the relationship of a symbol of oppression that holds a prominent place on our State House grounds. To remove the veils of oppression, racism and violence in our state begins with you in Columbia and me in our county.
With you and I working collectively for the betterment of our county, let’s remember we still have so much to do to right the wrongs locally, both in the state and society as a whole.



comments » 3

  1. Comment by P hoover

    June 30, 2015 at 07:36

    Ms Parker would you please explain to me what were the events that lead to and why the civil war was fought and leave race out.

  2. Comment by Joseph

    June 30, 2015 at 08:10

    Ms. Parker is obviously an uneducated woman who only associates the rebel flag with race, shame on her.

  3. Comment by Jack Bowers

    June 30, 2015 at 16:47

    Joseph, be nice, Ms, Parker was just stating an opinion and that is what we should enjoy about this blog. She is one of a few people that actually tries to use facts to support her opinion. However Ms. Parker, your time would have been better spent trying to reduce crime and gang activity in Alcolu and Manning. I read an actual today where three lady pastors have received threats from some nut case that is offended that women are allowed to preach. The Confederate flag is only offensive to a few people, the rest have never seen it next to the capital building or they use it as a symbol of living in the South. The high schoolers in my Sunday school class said this past Sunday that the only reason they relate it to hate is because other people tell them it is and they can’t explain why. Ms. Parker, you seem to be a very smart lady. and your efforts would greatly appreciated on issues that will benefit our community.

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