Barnum served in the U.S. Army from 1973-1977, and eventually married
a man who was a Vietnam veteran. He died in 2010, and she is now a
She told me that her Southern pride was instilled into her from the
time she was a little girl, growing up in Louisiana, explaining that she
listened as her great-grandmother, Artilla White, told her many family
stories. Barnum said that back in those days, they did not send older
family members off to the “old folks home.”
As a young girl, Barnum knew that her family “did not like the
North,” as they told stories of how the Union army had burned up the
land, raping the women, and leaving many, black and white, homeless. Her
ancestor, Richard Stills, she told me, was a Confederate soldier.
“The NAACP needs to stop the race-baiting,” Barnum told me. If the
organization does not stop, she fears that we are going to see a “race
war” in this country.
Anthony Hervey observed in 2000, “We currently live under a
psychological form of reconstruction. Whites are made to feel guilty for
sins of their ancestors, and blacks are made to feel downtrodden....
The political correctness of today is killing the pride of the people.”