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 (http://www.utexas.edu/utpress/excerpts/exhagneo.html), and “The Confederate and Neo-Confederate Reader: The ‘Great Truth’ About the ‘Lost Cause’” Univ. Press of Mississippi 2010. (http://www.upress.state.ms.us/books/1338). 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. http://www.keitherekson.com/books/politics-and-the-history-curriculum/