The act is long overdue

Published 4:21 pm Tuesday, November 10, 2009

To the Editor:

I want to commend Dr. Warren Carson for his recent letter to the editor (Tryon Daily Bulletin, Oct. 30, 2009). Written by a pillar of the community who has for years served us willingly and wisely, the letter not only condemns the thinly-veiled racism existing in William Behrends recent letter, but it is a thoughtful and beautifully-expressed tribute to Nina Simone, whose sculpture will be placed at the gateway to downtown Tryon. All who were born here and, indeed, all who call this area their home should be proud to finally honor this icon of the music world and yes, her activism. Without such personages, we would still be living in the dark days before the Civil Rights Movement. Those who did not experience the degradation inherent in the system should by now realize the horrors of it, and applaud all who had the courage and the will to stand openly against it.

The fact that racism is currently blatantly expressed, encouraged by talk-show hosts and even some vicious government officials, is a disgrace and an abomination. I believe it is imperative that we stem this ugly tide a positive manner, and I can think of nothing more appropriate than to honor and give visible tribute to a distinguished artist/activist of our very own. The act is long overdue. Nina Simones sculpture should be welcomed with open arms and joyous hearts.

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Mildred Barger Herschler