To the Editor:
Let us thank Mr. Shad Zimbro and Black Diamond Harley-Davidson for bringing Confederate Railroad to Marion. Let us thank them for bringing a group which chooses to name itself Confederate Railroad. Let us say thank you, Black Diamond Harley-Davidson, for bringing symbolism that evokes racism, bigotry and white supremacy to our town and surrounding area.
Let us thank Black Diamond Harley-Davidson for increasing the likelihood of our town being inundated with displays of the confederate flag, a flag that represents racism, bigotry and white supremacy.
Let us thank Black Diamond Harley-Davidson for contributing to the likelihood of increased visibility of people wearing symbols of racism, bigotry and white supremacy that our citizens will see as they travel the streets, shop in local stores and patronize the various restaurants. Nothing can be more unsettling, especially to the black people and people of color in our area, than to see symbols of racism, bigotry and white supremacy blatantly flaunted in their faces.
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Mr. Zimbro stated that Black Diamond Harley-Davidson had received many expressions of gratitude for inviting Confederate Railroad and that ticket sales had been brisk. Let us thank Mr. Zimbro for affirming the racism, bigotry and white supremacy in our area and the pervasiveness thereof. Let us say thank you, Black Diamond Harley-Davidson for promoting continued racism, bigotry and white supremacy in our area.
Thank you, Black Diamond Harley-Davidson.
Linda M. Roberson