Writing Contest News & The Parable of the Prodigal Confederate

I’m a Writing Contest Winner!

Though I don’t enter writing contests as often as I should, I do try to enter as many as possible. Though I didn’t win money with this one for the New Millennium Contest, I did win Honorable Mention in the short-short fiction category and future publication. Here’s the letter notifying me:

Dear Rickey Pittman: Congratulations on your Honorable Mention Award for your story, “Little Rose and the Confederate Cipher” in the New Millennium Writings competition that closed July 31, 2008. Your name will be included on the Awards page of our next issue of New Millennium Writings, 2009-10, due out in one year, and will soon appear at www.newmillenniumwritings.com, along with other winners of our 26th Consecutive Awards. The winners and runners-up, including your entry, were selected from about 1,400 total submissions in four categories. The quality was high, and you should be proud of your accomplishment.

Issues and Views: So you still believe all blacks think alike? . . . Reporting from the frontline of dissent since 1985. http://www.issues-views.com/

In my college classes, I often use articles from the above site to teach my students on various topics related to black Americans. This site is written by black intellectuals, some of the sharpest minds you’ll find anywhere. If you’re a teacher, you should consult the articles often and present the information to your students. After reading just a few articles you will see how not only has Southern history been rewritten, but black America’s history has also suffered from the hands of revisionists with a destructive agenda. There is a whole page of articles on the subject of reparations here:

Sometime ago, I wrote a piece that touches the subject of reparations. It’s called the “Parable of the Prodigal Confederate.”


After reading the one chapter in his college textbook about the Civil War, a young son once said to his father, ‘Father, I no longer want to live in Dixie. I am ashamed of my Confederate ancestor. I will not live in a house that flies and honors the Rebel Flag. It is a symbol of racial hatred and is not politically correct.

13 “Not long after that, the young son got together all he had, set off for Yankeeland and there squandered his Southern legacy. He lost his accent, and though his own ancestor had owned no slaves, he demanded that white America, especially those in the South, make reparations for the evils Southerners had committed against black Americans. He decided that even thousands of black Americans whose ancestors had never been slaves, and descendants of those blacks who had been slave traders, would be entitled to this