Letters to the Editor

Nothing innocent about Civil War

The local ABC television affiliate ran a promotional spot on the airwaves touting its sponsorship of the annual Civil War Re-enactment at Kearney Park last weekend. The script, in part, reads: “A Time of Innocence,” as white children sing a folk song in the background.

As any high school student should know, it was a four-year war of unprecedented tragedy, because the Founding Fathers refused to abolish the abhorrent institution of slavery 80 years prior. Nearly two-thirds of a million soldiers died, and hundreds of thousands of Africans were held in bondage, murdered and brutalized. A time of innocence? Really?

Sean Boyd, Fresno