I've had a lot of time to think about what I was going to say in this letter, and each time I get a sad feeling in my soul that bigotry and ignorance is still alive. This is in reference to the Danville-Boyle County rivalry game.
I went to Danville High School, and the rivalry was there, but it was was nowhere near what it has progressed to today. So to begin our history lesson - for those of you who threw cotton at Admiral Stadium last year and thought it was OK this year to wear the T-shirts that said "100 percent cotton", - slavery was abolished many years ago, so my mother didn't pick cotton. I am 40 years old. I didn't pick cotton, and my children didn't pick cotton.
I guess they associated the African-American race with cotton because maybe that is all they know. But read on or Google search a little further and you will find that there were several African-American civic leaders, inventors etc.