No wonder the buildings shook in New York yesterday. Elizabeth Wright is dead. I am strangely saddened at the passing of someone I only knew through e-mail correspondence and through her brilliant, piercing and erudite writing.
We became friends years ago on a Southern Heritage e-mail list. It was somewhat odd that a Black woman from New York City would have an interest in such a list. It soon became apparent that she had a different perspective that that of most Blacks.
She was convinced that in the Southern White man lay the Black race’s best chance for a square deal. She loved the ideals of the old Republic and it’s Constitution. The Southern White men she contended were the only group of Americans who as a whole still talked about the Constitution, who still cared about the founding ideals. She felt that her future and her people’s future would be safer under the government of a people who still supported the rule of law than under the caprices of the current system.
She came to my defense, when I was accused of being a racist on that list by a certain person who has a mythical and a-historic view of the Old South. He skulked off the list yet, he still maintains his slanders to this day. Yet I would rather count her my friend than get the approval of a such a confused character assassin any day.
She was very proud of her race and what they had accomplished before the Liberals and LBJ destroyed the progress Blacks had made in the so-called bad old days of Jim Crowe. In the 1950’s Blacks were at the height of intact families, single-family home ownership, low rates of bastardy and high levels of business ownership. All of this she documented on her web site Issues and Views. All of that came to an end with the grossly mis-named Great Society.
I am very sad that she has passed from the scene. I hope that you will go and read her writings so that you can appreciate what has been lost.