Writer doesn’t know sweat tea’s diverse history
As a newcomer to Myrtle Beach, I have enjoyed reading The Sun News until reading, in horror, the Mande Wilkes July 9 column, “As fools fly flags, media fabricates outrage.”
Wilkes is obviously unfamiliar with the saying, “If you propose to speak (write), is it true, is it necessary, it is kind?”
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Her arguments were reductionistic, simplistic, embarrassing. She blasts Southern culture to include drinking sweet tea. I guess she must find the English a positively loathesome people because not only do they drink sugar with their tea, but some even add cream!
I am not a historian, but I think tea came south from Boston via England - after it came from the Orient. Tea was, if nothing else, a luxury food item that had an entire industry built around it in the form of fine china. But then maybe Wilkes drinks her beverages from paper cups.
I digress. How she dares to give priority to fiscal responsibility over the deaths of innocent people is ludicrous, not to mention her self-serving remarks comparing herself to writers at the New York Times. My, my, my!
I was proud to stand in front of Emanuel A.M.E. Church on Friday when the flag was taken down, to be there with my beautiful African American brothers and sisters. I will cherish the memory as one of the most poignant in my life.