Thursday, September 12, 2013

I asked the Boston Avenue Methodist Church in Tulsa, OK not to enable the United Daughters of the Confederacy

Shari Goodwin is the Communications Director of the Boston Avenue Methodist Church. I am going to be writing a letter to the national leadership this weekend and sometime later I will be mailing it. My next focus is going to be on churches enabling neo-Confederates whether the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) or the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV). 

Dear Ms. Goodwin:

Visiting your website for the Boston Avenue Methodist Church it seems like the members are nice people. How surprising it is to find out that you aid and enable neo-Confederates. I am referring to the fact that you are lending your church for a United Daughters of the Confederacy function the afternoon of Sunday Nov. 10, 2013.

This group has a long record of racism.

Besides your members, do African American Methodists and churches in Tulsa know that you are enabling neo-Confederates?  

American churches need to stop enabling neo-Confederacy.

I would ask that you stop enabling neo-Confederacy.


Edward H. Sebesta

Co-editor of “Neo-Confederacy: A Critical Introduction,” Univ. of Texas Press, 2008 (, and “The Confederate and Neo-Confederate Reader: The ‘Great Truth’ About the ‘Lost Cause’” Univ. Press of Mississippi 2010. (  Author of chapter about the Civil War and Reconstruction in the notorious Texas teaching standards in Politics and the History Curriculum: The Struggle over Standards in Texas and the Nation, published by Palgrave Macmillan.

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