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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Re-Posting: "Celebrating" The Confederacy

I've never re-posted content here before, but recent events seem to make it a good idea.

From April 8, 2010.

I'll also note that this particular posting generated dozens of hate e-mails/hate comments, as well as a threat or three.

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"Celebrating" The Confederacy

It was reported in multiple news outlets recently that Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell issued a proclamation designating April as "Confederate History Month" without referencing, in any fashion, the very reason for the existence of the Confederacy in the first place: the grossly immoral institution of slavery.

Well it appears that the governor's plan went askew, as people did notice the omission and the reaction was not positive. As a result, the proclamation has been amended. See story link HERE. As quoted from the governor's office and referenced in the article:

"The failure to include any reference to slavery was a mistake, and for that I apologize to any fellow Virginian who has been offended or disappointed." 

The revised proclamation has the following additional text:

(slavery) "was an evil and inhumane practice that deprived people of their God-given inalienable rights and all Virginians are thankful for its permanent eradication from our borders." 

What, you think so? As I noted in a comment on NEPArtisan's blog, not referencing slavery when discussing the Confederacy is like not mentioning the Holocaust when talking about NAZI Germany. Make no mistake about it:
  • The Confederacy's claim of "states rights" as an excuse to do whatever the hell it wanted was conceptually repeated by the NAZI Party in their unraveling of the Weimar Republic.
  • The actions of Confederate soldiers were no more honorable than the actions of the Wehrmacht. German soldiers fought to maintain Hitler's evil regime; Confederate soldiers fought to maintain Jefferson Davis' evil regime. "Protecting their homeland" you say? Well then you can make the same argument about the Gestapo I suppose.
  • The reason for existence of the Confederacy, which boils down to the notion that white people are better than black people and therefore have a God-given "right" to own them like livestock, is no more noble than Hitler blaming the Jews for every ill that befell Germany.
In the final analysis, apparently Governor McDonnell was hoping that the Revisionist History Fairy would be visiting Virginia and somehow make people forget about that little detail called "slavery" and instead have us all believe that Confederate soldiers were just a bunch of patriots who whistled Dixie as they fought to protect their farms from the "evil" federal government. Well guess again. There are few things more evil than the notion that some humans are equivalent to livestock, so there is at least some comfort here in knowing that the governor's best laid plans have gone asunder.

4 comments:

Chris Curran said...
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Chris Curran said...

And still you failed to mention that slavery wasn't a horse in the race of the revolutionary war, which at the time was already being abolished, until three years into the war. Not to mention that a majority of the slaves along the coastlines were white.
Keep fueling the hate. You're doing a great job.

Stephen Albert said...

Chris,

First, thanks for commenting.

Second, thanks for commenting under your own, actual, real name (well as far as I can tell). I disagree with your point ("Fueling the hate?" Funny how most pictures of Klan rallies include the Confederate Battle flag. I know, "Liberal media bias" probably planted the flag...), but you at least try to be respectful about it. Well more or less.

Third, I didn't mention many things, as this posting wasn't intended as history lesson. The bottom line remains though that the rag in question was used by armies that fought to for the right to own other human beings.

Lastly, I deleted one of your comments, as it appeared to be a duplicate.

Regards,
- Steve

William Benson said...

"The bottom line remains though that the rag in question was used by armies that fought to for the right to own other human beings."

As was the original Stars and Stripes, if I recall...