Reid Henrichs lays out common sense
That would include the mayors of New Orleans, and Baltimore, and other cities, and all of those trying to erase every last vestige of the Confederacy. And also all of the mental midgets comparing Confederate soldiers to terrorists, Nazis, and mass murderers. To all of those smearing good men like these
To all of those miscreants I, a descendant of many Confederate soldiers, soldiers who fought under flags like this
To those I offer this thought. I will not sit by and remain silent while you piss on the graves of my ancestors. I offer also this song, and hope it inflames the severe butt hurt history gives you.
And also this. The only two words people like you, Leftists like you deserve to hear
Anger, sadness, disbelief, and fear for what will be left of American heritage, history, and culture in fifty years. Yep, that sums up my feelings upon reading this
Public Statement from the Board of Friends of Nash Farm Battlefield, Inc.
May 23, 2017
The Board of the Friends of Nash Farm Battlefield, Inc. is sad to announce that the museum, located on Nash Farm Battlefield, which was funded and maintained by our group, will close effective June 1, 2017. The main reason is that the current District 2 Commissioner, Dee Clemmons, has requested that ALL Confederate flags be removed from the museum, in addition to the gift shop, in an effort not to offend anyone. For anyone who studies the American Civil War, or War Between the States, they realize there were two parties that fought in this war. We have always prided ourselves with being an unbiased museum that told the entire story of the battles that took place on this property, as well as being a voice of the people in Henry County and Georgia during this time. These stories were told mainly through primary sources, sometimes secondary, but never tertiary sources. To exclude any Confederate flag would mean the historical value has been taken from our exhibits, and a fair interpretation could not be presented to each guest. Confederate flags were on this hallowed ground, as were the Union flags. To remove either of them would be a dishonor.
Additionally, Commissioner Clemmons stated that this property, which the county spent in excess of $8 million dollars, has no historical significance per the current board. Interestingly, the Department of Interior has recognized this property as core battlefield and there is a primary source where a request is made that the government pay retribution for the damage to the property during the battle. This is clear proof of the historical basis of this property; yet, more could be provided if necessary. This property has the blood of Union and Confederate soldiers in the soil and needs to be preserved as the battlefield that it is.
The Board of the Friends of Nash Farm Battlefield, Inc. complied when Commissioner Clemmons requested, soon after her taking office, that the entrenchments be removed from the property. When she had the Second National Confederate Flag removed from the flag pole where it has been flying since Henry County purchased the property, again we complied and did not create a disturbance in hopes that the museum would be left alone. The final order from Commissioner Clemmons is one that we cannot and will not comply with. We were told that we are at the “pleasure of the (Henry County) Commission”. Her directive is something we cannot comply with in good consciences.
To date, the museum, in its seven years of operation, has seen visitors from all 50 states and 15 foreign countries. Heritage tourism dollars have added money to the tax base in Henry and Clayton Counties, helping to fund many projects, including roads and schools. Prior to the recession, it was not uncommon to see over 2,000 students in a year; however, the yearly school day now has just shy of 500 students who visit not only the museum, but many different hands on stations to help to engage every student. Never have we had a teacher or student complain about the variety of flags or uniforms being presented in these educational settings. In fact, most teachers applaud our efforts to help them in the classroom.
The Friends of Nash Farm Battlefield, Inc. has not only been active on an educational aspect, but has helped Henry County in many ways to manage this beautiful battlefield. We have worked with the Boy Scouts, Eagles Scouts, the Audubon Society, Master Gardeners, Civil War Trust, and other community groups. Our volunteers have put up split rail fencing, painted, cleared barbed wire, mowed, graded roads, picked up debris, fixed many “broken” things around the property, and so much more. Our mission was to assist Henry County, not only with the historical aspect of the property, but to make this a property the entire community could be proud of. To be honest, majority of the people in District 2 are proud of Nash Farm Battlefield.
There will be many who will think the Friends of Nash Farm Battlefield, Inc. should have stood up to this censorship. Currently, the museum operates out of the old Nash farmhouse, which is owned by Henry County, and all utilities are paid by the county. The relics that were displayed, with the exception of a small amount that Henry County owns, were on loan to our group. When our key volunteer and donor made the decision to pull his relics, the Board had no other decision than to close the museum. We could have kept the doors open sporadically and showed beautiful display cases that were empty. When you engage in a conflict, your goal is to gain ground. The Board felt the only decision we had was to close the museum. This has not been an easy decision as many of our volunteers have donated much time, money, sweat, and tears to this property. The Friends of Nash Farm Battlefield was created after the Steering Committee was dissolved by the Henry County Board of Commissioners over 10 years ago. That is over a decade of work that some of our volunteers have contributed to this property.
As a Board, we ask that you contact not only Commissioner Clemmons, but also all the other Henry County Board of Commissioners, to let them know how you feel about the current political climate that affected the closing of Nash Farm Battlefield Museum. It is important that you voice your opinion to these politicians so they know there is public support for the historical aspect of this property.
Thank you to all the groups and individuals who have supported Friends of Nash Farm Battlefield, Inc. over the years. Our volunteers have been honored to work to preserve history and work diligently to improve the community. We can only hope that this property and its history will be sustained for future generations.
Respectfully Submitted by the Board of Friends of Nash Farm Battlefield, Inc.
One way to destroy a nation is to destroy its history. Think about this, we have been told that he Confederate flag belongs in museums, well, now, those same Cultural Stalinists are going to insist they must not be in museums. What is next you might wonder. The answer is simple, the American flag, the Founders, our national anthem, and so on are next. This is the price we have paid for not standing up to he bullies and thugs of the Left before. And we will continue to pay that price until enough of us say ENOUGH!
Wes Bellamy is the vice-mayor of Charlottesville, Virginia and he must have a lot of spare time on his hands because he is leading an effort to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee, and other Confederate monuments from city property. This is Cultural Stalinism. This is not about inclusiveness or tolerance, this is about two things. First it is about eradicating American history, and heritage. Secondly it is about dividing people and empowering pimps like Bellamy. But there is more about Bellamy that ought to be told. He has a history of being less than tolerant. The media, of course, ignored Bellamy’s racist, sexist tweets because, the narrative is all that matters. Here is how Bellamy described his efforts
“It’s a symbol, in my personal opinion, of white supremacy,” Bellamy told Crawford. “And it’s a symbol we cannot have in the middle of our city.”
Anyone who would paint a Lee statue as a symbol of white supremacy is flat wrong. They clearly no little or nothing of Lee, or his character. Historical figures must be judged according to the times they lived in, and men like Lee, who called slavery an abomination, and freed the slaves he inherited from his father-in-law and Stonewall Jackson, who ran a school educating Blacks in Lexington, Virginia were men of great character. Here is a piece written by the late Professor Edward C. Smith
One Sunday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Richmond, a well-dressed, lone black man, whom no one in the community—white or black—had ever seen before, had attended the service, sitting unnoticed in the last pew.
Just before communion was to be distributed, he rose and proudly walked down the center aisle through the middle of the church where all could see him and approached the communion rail, where he knelt. The priest and the congregation were completely aghast and in total shock.
No one knew what to do…except General Lee. He went to the communion rail and knelt beside the black man and they received communion together—and then a steady flow of other church members followed the example he had set.
This is a very telling story, it reveals the character of Lee, who Bellamy slanders. Here is more of what Bellamy says
“We’ve seen there’s still lots of issues in regards to race here in this community,” he continued, “and the only way for us to move forward is to deal with them head on.”
So, Bellamy is concerned over “lots of racial issues”. It would seem from his remarks he is more invested in perpetuating those issues
There were racist tweets, such as his comment in 2009: “I DON’T LIK WHIT PEOPLE SO I HATE WHITE SNOW!!!!! FML!!!!” And his 2010 tweet: “I really #hate how almost 80% of the black people here talk white.”
There were inappropriate and crude tweets. The same year, he tweeted: “ALRIGHT. My phone goin ham. Lol. THERE IS A DIFF BETWEEN ASS& EATIN PUSSY!!! I repeat THERE IS A DIFF BETWEEN ASS& EATIN PUSSY!”
There were also sexist posts. “I’m all for equal opportunity..but a Female Principal with a school full of female teachers is fkn a sure fire way to fk our lil boys up smh,” he tweeted in October 2011.
Well he sounds like a swell guy right? A real gem! In fact, he is a racist, and the media is giving him a pass.
My Great-Great-Grandfather Allan Dean McWhorter fought Yankees with the 4th South Carolina Cavalry during the War of Northern Aggression. He was a “guest” at Point Lookout Prison Camp in Maryland, where conditions were horrific, with over 3,500 prisoners dying in the over crowded Hell hole in less than two years. So, I suppose Grandaddy Mac, as my Grandfather called him was lucky to get out alive. Anyway, I thought of my ancestor, one of many who fought for the Confederacy when I read this today
A South Carolina college is hosting a Confederate history event—but has banned the Confederate flag from being displayed.
York Technical College entered into a contract leasing space on campus to the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) for a convention in March 2017, and almost immediately after the information became public knowledge the school fell under intense scrutiny.
According to The Herald, the area NAACP chapter and other local citizens expressed concern that the Confederate flag would be publicly displayed and create controversy, arguing that a public institution should not agree to host any group that promotes the banner.
Oh, but of course the Leftist race baiters at the NAACP would take any opportunity to agitate and divide people instead of trying to fix actual problems facing Black Americans. Face it the NAACP makes bank on RAAAAACISM, even if they have to fabricate it, and their cash cow must be protected.
Local NAACP leaders were also at the conference, and assured the crowd they would be seeking legal counsel.
Member Jacques Days said the NAACP would hold York Tech accountable to its promise of prohibiting Confederate flags, but he also told the crowd there is still a possibility York Tech would not have to actually honor the contract, though he did not specify how that might be accomplished.
Days emphasized that the NAACP’s goal is to completely stop the convention from happening, citing the Confederate flag’s status as a symbol of “divisive history” and “division, racism, and hatred.”
See? History-free history! Stalin would be very proud. Again the Left shows itself to be an ideology of intellectual cowardice and an ideology of lies, and liars. Face it, if the bottom feeders at the NAACP were so sure history was on their side, they would welcome this event. Instead they seek, again, to erase history rather than to discuss or debate it. And, if the NAACP cared, truly cared about black people, they would be fighting to correct the obscene out of wedlock birth rate, the high violent crime rate, Black on Black murder, gangs, and other pertinent issues. That they are fighting to censor or silence historical events tells you every last thing you need to know about the NAACP
Alexandria, Virginia has begun an advance campaign of Cultural Cleanisng of all things Confederate because, it seems hey prefer Stalin’s approach of erasing history. Perhaps they should actually study that history? Here a few quotes, that will be ignored because the narrative of a war fought for the singular purpose of freeing slaves must be protected. Read the quotes, then allow me to share the shameful actions of Politically Corrections in Alexandria
In this enlightened age, there are few I believe, but what will acknowledge, that slavery as an institution, is a moral & political evil in any Country.
Robert E. Lee
So far from engaging in a war to perpetuate slavery, I am rejoiced that slavery is abolished. I believe it will be greatly for the interests of the South. So fully am I satisfied of this, as regards Virginia especially, that I would cheerfully have lost all I have lost by the war, and have suffered all I have suffered, to have this object attained.
Robert E. Lee
“I tried in all my power to avert this war. I saw it coming, and for 12 years, I worked night and day to prevent it, but I could not. The North was mad and blind; it would not let us govern ourselves, and so the war came, and now it must go on till the last man of this generation falls in his tracks, and his children seize the musket and fight our battle, unless you acknowledge our right to self-government. We are not fighting for slavery. We are fighting for Independence, and that, or extermination, we will have . . . Slavery never was an essential element. It was the only means of bringing other conflicting elements to an earlier culmination. It fired the musket which was already capped and loaded. There are essential differences between the North and the South that will, however this war may end, make them two nations.”
“Any people, anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable, a most sacred right, a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world. Nor is this right confined to cases in which a whole people of an existing government, may choose to exercise it. Any portion of such people that can, may revolutionize, and make their own, of so much of the territory as they inhabit.“
“Let the South go? Where then would we get our revenue?”
Now, back to Alexandria
As territory is conquered, the region’s history is scrubbed:
In a town that once took considerable pride in its Confederate past, the Alexandria City Council voted unanimously Saturday to change the name of Jefferson Davis Highway and seek permission from the Virginia General Assembly to move a renowned statue of a Confederate soldier in historic Old Town. …
After a lengthy public hearing, the council agreed to try to relocate the “Appomattox” statue from the busy intersection of Prince and Washington streets, where thousands of motorists pass it each day. The pensive and unarmed south-facing Confederate soldier would be moved to a local history museum on the same corner.
…and from there to the city dump, when no one who might defend Virginia’s heritage is paying attention.
It was just a year ago that the city decided to end its practice of hanging three Confederate flags from traffic light poles at the “Appomattox” statue on Lee’s birthday and on Confederate Memorial Day.
We should all hang our heads in shame a nation that erases its own history is doomed
Looks as if the Cultural Stalinists were in Austin recently, erasing history and demonizing Southerners
The University of Texas has quietly removed an inscription honoring the Confederacy and Southern pride from the South Mall nearly a year after UT President Gregory L. Fenves said that the inscription “will remain in place.”
Fenves told the American-Statesman this week that he decided this spring that the inscription had to go. The inscription is dedicated to “the men and women of the Confederacy who fought with valor and suffered with fortitude that states rights be maintained” and who were “not dismayed by defeat nor discouraged by misrule.” It makes no mention of slavery.
“It is inappropriate for our goal of diversity and inclusion on campus,” Fenves said.
Once again, the Left tends to redefine words to suit their own purposes. “Fair” to them means taxing people at different rates for example. “Sensitivity” means showing utter scorn and hate for anyone who views issues differently than the Left. “Free speech”? Well that is now defined as only speech the Left approves of. “Racism” means anything a Conservative says, police enforcing laws, and apparently being indifferent to race, and being White. “Rape” means a Feminist changing her mind AFTER having consensual sex it seems, and “inclusive” is now defined as totally exclusionary of some cultures. “Tolerance” is now defined as a complete hatred and intolerance towards anyone who dares think differently.
Take the monument that was removed “cleansed” at the University of Texas. In an inclusive, tolerant environment it would stand forever. People might discuss and debate the meaning of it, but no person genuinely invested in inclusiveness would ever seek to have it removed.
There is nothing inclusive about removing the monument. In fact nothing could be more abrasive to open dialogue, or to learning history. The Left, however, is simply giddy because they have once again put division in front of true inclusion
“I think it is great news that the university has taken a positive step to make the university more welcoming to African-American students,” said Gary Bledsoe, president of the Texas NAACP. “Such inscriptions and displays are psychologically and emotionally harmful to many citizens, and they inhibit the university’s efforts to be widely considered to be a top international institution.”
Ah, more welcoming he says. How so? How is it welcoming, or beneficial to erase part of history? And at an institute oh higher learning no less. How will anyone learn anything by hiding history? As I said earlier, let people debate the War Between the States, it’s meaning, causes, heroes, villains, etc. That is positive, that enriches people’s minds and understandings. But, again, that is not on the Left’s agenda. That open dialogue the Left always encourages? They will never allow such a thing to happen. They will not because it is not a unifying, or breaking down of barriers they seek. Rather they seek to plant the seeds of discontent, resentment, and division because it benefits their end goals.
Great news folks, all of our troubles in America are now over. How do I know? Well The University of Mississippi has now completely banned their marching ban from ever playing the most evil song ever, Dixie, because “diversity”
Athletics Director Ross Bjork said Friday that he asked the university’s marching band, known as the “Pride of the South,” to create a new pregame show that excludes all the variations of Dixie it has traditionally played.
“Because the Pride of the South is such a large part of our overall experience and tradition, the Athletics Department asked them to create a new and modern pregame show that does not include ‘Dixie’ and is more inclusive for all fans,” Bjork said in a statement.
Got that? They must exclude this song to be “inclusive”. There you have, in one small example, the hypocrisy and backasswardsness of the Left. To them, being less diverse, makes us more diverse, and excluding more people, cultures, and heritages makes us more “inclusive”. But what about the name of the Ole Miss band? Pride of the South? Surely that must go too right? And what of this little fact
The nickname “Ole Miss” is a term of affection for the school’s alumni and fans, but “Ole Miss” is also what slaves called a plantation owner’s wife.
Well, THAT is offensive right? So they ought to change that too, I mean the university has been cleansing its culture for two plus decades now
In 1997, then-Chancellor Robert Khayat banned hand-held flagpoles from the stadium, effectively ending the waiving of battle flags. Then in 2003, the university cut ties with Colonel Reb, the grey-whiskered Southern planter, tapping a bear as its on-field mascot instead. In 2009, then-Chancellor Dan Jones told the band to stop playing “From Dixie With Love,” which blended the Confederate anthem with the Union Army’s “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” Some fans were yelling “The South will rise again” during the song. Ole Miss fans had once yelled the same at the end of the original version of Dixie.
Outside the athletic arena, Ole Miss has renamed Confederate Drive, stopped flying the Mississippi state flag because it features the Confederate battle emblem, and is working on a plaque to acknowledge slavery in front of the monument to university students who died fighting for the South during the Civil War.
And I am sure that plaque will demonize those soldiers, and spin history to place all the blame for the War Between the States on slavery, because Cultural Stalinsim must roll on.
The Left is easy to see coming, they really are. Just do not underestimate how depraved they are. They wish to erase ALL our history
As I predicted, Confederate symbolism was the low-hanging fruit for the Social Justice Warrior/Moral Reformer historian class. Now that several high-profile Confederate monuments and flags have been successfully sullied and removed (not to mention criminally vandalized), it’s time to move on to the ultimate targets – ALL American symbolism. The attacks on Confederate symbolism were just appetizers to prepare us all for the main course. Here’s the latest development:
The University of Houston’s Gerald Horne believes that collective America does not acknowledge the darkest moments of its history — because we still recite the Pledge of Allegiance and sing the National Anthem.
Yes, many of us have predicted this. I called this twenty some years ago. It is what the Left does, it destroys everything is disapproves of. You cannot appease them, or reason with them. they do not seek compromise, they seek the eradication of American heritage and culture
The Left is evil for many reasons.
The Left supports the butchering of babies in the womb
The Left prefers good people be disarmed, rendering them far more vulnerable to violent criminals
The Left, despite their best rhetoric, do not embrace freedom of speech, religion, or association
The Left supports economic policies that punishes success, hampers small business, and destroys ambition, and competition in the name of “fairness”
The Left loathes Individualism, and instead embraces Collectivism. Left unchecked, Collectivism destroys liberty, human rights and leads to Totalitarian atrocities. If you do not believe me, ask the 100,000,000 plus dead that Marxism/Communism/Maoism/Stalinism/Leninism/Collectivism slaughtered last century.
And the Left, is also evil because it seeks to destroy not only liberty, and self-government, but history as well. Independent Sentinel highlights the march of the Cultural Stalinists
Another piece of Civil War history is about to bite the dust.
Portsmouth, Virginia is looking to remove a memorial to Virginians who served the Confederacy during the Civil War. It is falling victim to political correctness. There is a battle being waged with most wanting it to stay.
The memorial commemorates those soldiers who never returned home, it does not commemorate slavery, and most soldiers who fought overwhelmingly did not own slaves. It was also over 150 years ago.
The city estimates the taxpayers will have to pay about $105,000 to erase the monument and statues.
The courts will rule on the decision.
This is going on throughout the country, particularly in the south.
In South Carolina, where the first shots of the Civil War rang out in 1861, the state legislature voted to end the display of the Confederate flag on the grounds of the state capitol.
Monuments to the Confederacy in New Orleans have been targeted. The Park and Recreation Board of Birmingham, Alabama, voted last July to remove that city’s Confederate Soldiers & Sailors monument.
This is all part of the Left’s campaign of indoctrination folks. First they demonize, then they destroy, all in the name of “inclusion” and “tolerance” of course. And, yes, yes, they will come for every last vestige of our Founders next. Are prepared to tolerate that too? Are we prepared to have a small minority of agitators dictate whom we memorialize? Remember that to truly destroy a nation, you destroy their heritage, history, and culture first. That is what the Left has been doing for decades now. There can be no question as to their goal here. The only question is will we allow it?
As I observe politicians of low reputation and others attack the memory and legacy of a man like Robert E. Lee, I can’t help but be reminded of a quote by Will Durant:
“To speak ill of others is a dishonest way of praising ourselves.”
I’m also reminded of something I once heard Professor James I. Robertson, Jr. say:“Robert E. Lee never existed [in the minds of some] because we don’t have a Robert E. Lee today.”Beyond the destruction of historical memory and heritage for agenda-driven political purposes, much of what we’re currently witnessing also carries, in my opinion, strong elements of virtue signalling and self-aggrandizing. What is so ironic is that in the attempt to elevate themselves, these same men actually reveal themselves for the small men they are. They can’t hold a candle to men like Lee. History will, eventually, judge them accordingly.
Happy Lee-Jackson Day.
Cultural Stalinism rolls on
Congratulations, liberal Taliban. You have managed to consign a little more of our history and our heritage to the Memory Hole:
A statue of Jefferson Davis has been removed from its place on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin after a failed appeal by a Confederate heritage group.
The statue has been a target of vandalism as well as criticism that it is a symbol of racism and discrimination.
“Racism” and “discrimination” can be defined as “noncompliance with current leftist ideology.” Since no one who lived in the 19th century was compliant with this deranged ideology, sooner or later everyone from that era will have to be erased.
The destruction of a nation is not complete without destroying its history. That is what this is about folks. All you “tolerance” addicts think you are moving us forward by dong this? You are doing the very opposite. What is it they say, those who forget history are doomed to repeat it? What should we say about those who erase history?
Soon all of history, even reenactments and historical TV shows and movies may have to be scrapped lest someone be offended! Fritz has the story that will make you say Good Freaking Grief!
First a view from the National Review back in March: University of Georgia Greeks Ban Hoop Skirts Because They Look Racist
After a meeting with school administrators on Monday, University of Georgia sororities and fraternities have decided to ban hoop skirts from their events over concerns they might look racist.
Victor Wilson, UGA’s vice president for student affairs, explained that the ban was due to concerns over what kind of “message” the skirt might send, and compared it to a previous ban on Confederate uniforms, according to an article in the Athens Banner-Herald.
In other words: The fact that people wore hoop skirts during the era of slavery in the U.S. makes them symbols of racism.
Of course women of MANY regions, and periods wore such dresses, but facts? Who needs facts, we have super, hyper out of control emotionalism! I mean why would anyone want to LEARN about history when they could be outrageously outraged? Who wants education that enlightens when they can have indoctrination that embitters?
Simply amazing isn’t it? The vast majority of people would find this asinine, and silly to the extreme, yet, people in positions of power continue to cower and fold before these whiny hypersensitive miscreants. Their really are only two proper responses to such ignorant whiners. The first, in response to their incessant, and unwarranted whining that they are offended is “So what?” The second, which should be given if they continue to whine should also consist of two words “Fuck off!”
As an exit question what is next? What Southern thing is next? The accent? Fried chicken, cornbread?
Many people think they understand the South, but many simply do not. The Left loathes the South, and always will. Many Northeastern Republicans look down their noses at the South. Some folks just sadly believe the idiotic stereotypes. Me? Well I grew up here, and have lived my whole life here. And, in fact, generations of my family have been here spread across Dixie for hundreds of years. I grew up worshiping my grandfather, who was born in Georgia, and was a hard worker, generous, and every bit a Southerner. He had many friends, of all races, and he treated others with respect, and kindness. From him, my grandmother and my parents, I learned that people were people. I learned how to treat people from them. And, I learned, by their example, how skin color really was not important. That people should be seen and judged by their actions, not their skin.
I heard my grandfather tell of the worst whipping he ever got. It was for sassing an elderly Black lady. I also saw the genuine pain and heartbreak in my grandfathers’ best buddy, Simon, who was Black, when he heard my grandfather had passed away, I saw that same sadness in other faces of various races at the news.
Growing up as a Southerner I watched people come together, regardless of race, or religion, because that is what you did when people lost a family member, or had some tragedy in their life. You offered help, made them food, sat with them, whatever, just because.
I came across this piece by a United States veteran, a Southerner today, and a reminded of how special, it is to be Southern, and how wrong many are about us.
By Courtney Daniels, a Birmingham native, former U.S. Marine and veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom
In 2001, the Taliban shamelessly dynamited the Bamiyan Buddhas, two of the largest such carvings of the ancient world. Built in the 6th century by monks who made their homes along the Silk Road, the Buddahs stood for millenia until fundamentalists removed them from the face of the Earth. Such ignorance still abounds. Over the past few months, the onslaught of the Islamic State has wrought the systematic destruction of cultural artifacts from Palmyra to Nineva, all because they were deemed “offensive” by a minority that if it had its way, would ensure the entire world would adhere to a dark and revisionist existence.
A couple of days ago, in the wake of a childish debate over a memorial flag flown near a Confederate statue, a Southern monument was ignorantly desecrated with an attempt at the “Black Lives Matter” slogan. The spray-painted phrase was misspelled. The inanimate statue, a solemn reminder of the South’s fallen sons, didn’t take away any citizen’s pursuit of happiness, it didn’t interfere with the social and racial disparities that some claim as a detriment to advancement — it simply stood there, silent and bold, marking the bravery and errors of yesterday’s determinations.
From the gun debate to the flag debate (which are both somehow tied to this most recent, senseless shooting tragedy) it seems that liberal thought continues to show its fear of inanimate objects. Such a way of thinking never holds PEOPLE accountable. Instead it points fingers in every other direction.
The removal of a historical banner won’t stop racists from exercising bigotry. As a matter of fact, racists will be racists despite regulations and constant “feel good” legislation, no flag needed. The ignorance of the disgruntled protestors is evident in their refusal to acknowledge that the flag widely recognized as the “Confederate Flag” was never actually adopted as the flag of the Confederacy. They’ll also never admit or realize that not only was slavery not the motivating factor for the ensuing civil war, but that slavery was an American institution, not a Confederate one.
The Confederacy, in its prime, never mounted the atrocities of the Trail of Tears or the Black Hills conspiracy. But it seems that all because a few cowards in bedsheets once hijacked the gorgeous colors of a banner so rich in history to terrorize and intimidate other Americans, we condemn the Southern cloth to oblivion as a misnamed symbol of hate. It doesn’t matter that slaves outside of the declared boundaries remained enslaved in the North. Neither does it matter that many Southerners gave up plots of their property to house and provide compensable labor for black workers. It doesn’t matter that Lincoln, who is often regarded as the liberator of enslaved blacks cared less for the welfare of slaves than for the sovereignty of an entire country.
Where I come from, deep in the Heart of Dixie, I see that flag every single day with its bold red field and star-studded cross of St. Andrews in royal blue. I hold a certain respect for it that others fueled by emotion and misinformation wouldn’t understand. I revere it as a son of the South in a way that would confuse those on the outside looking in, who by the way are not entitled to commentary on which flag waves in our humid Southern breeze. I spot it on not so subtle scavenger hunts gracing a random shirt at the gas station, the hat of the guy behind the counter at my local bait and tackle shop, and the bed of a passing pickup with the accompanying decal “Southern Pride.” I smile because I know that if in need, that guy would give me that same shirt off his back. I smile because I live in a region that has a certain defiance that only a select few inherit.
As a black man who grew up in the South, I’ll admit I didn’t always see the issue with this same clarity. I blindly followed the sentimentalism of my parents and educators who passed judgement from a seat of victimization, failing to challenge evidence to the contrary. My opinion on the Battle Flag was swayed as a 13-year-old reading a contributor’s opinion in the Birmingham News, circa 2001. A white man with Confederate heritage, he acknowledged that he had never considered the flag flying on his front lawn to have held such a negative connotation in the minds of so many blacks. I remember from reading the column, he had a certain politeness that urged him to take his flag down and hang it indoors out of respect for those who didn’t like it. I respected his consideration and it prompted me to do my own homework on what role the Civil War and the flag in question played in my ancestor’s past and my own future. I realized then that I had foolishly labeled every white person sporting the flag as a racist, with no facts to back my claim and without placing myself in their shoes or knowing them personally.
In short, I’ve come to terms with it being a wrongfully vilified piece of Southern culture, as important to our collective heritage as RC Cola and Moon Pies.
In so many ways, the South is the conscience of the entire nation. In the 21st century with Americans abandoning all decency and forgetting to walk tall, the South still manages to maintain a certain air of moral obligation that has been all but lost in northern enclaves like Philadelphia where Americans scowl at one another, heavily divided by racial suspicion and bigotry, or cities like New York where neighborhoods a century after the Great Migration of blacks are still heavily defined by skin tone and distrust. In the South, we mingle. We play. We do like Willie Mays and “say hey” no matter the color of the person sitting on the porch. I walk into my local grocery with my daughter and like the tick of the clock, I know I can count on an endearing “Hey baby doll, you need some help?” from the attendant whose skin heavily contrasts mine. Her “y’all come on back now” is the most welcoming invitation I could ever hear.
It’s clear that as a nation, we are embarking on a new, revised, politically correct avenue of apology. The future is a dim one, void of backbone and fistfights. No more, “each according to the dictates of his own conscience.”
“If it offends my neighbor, make it illegal, dynamite it, wipe it from the face of the Earth” rages the contentious fascist. It’s becoming clear that what those progressives want is a new, bleak, unrecognizable South, its accomplishments and errors equally stricken from the annals of history. They wish its monuments to be no more, the names of its generals removed from every institution, it’s antebellum flair retold as a horror story as if Sherman’s destruction wasn’t enough of a disgrace.
I am from the great state of Alabama and live between the rivers of Tennessee. I am a proud American and maybe in ways, an even louder Southerner. Can’t help it. I relate because I’m a rebel in so many ways and I’m very proud of where I’m from. I can read an accent from either Carolina and know that I’m in good company. I can present my pistol permit to a Texas Ranger and trust that it will be honored four hundred miles in the other direction. I know that I can stop for small talk in any Waffle House in Georgia, and strike up a meaningful conversation with the Walmart shopper behind me in line in Mississippi. I don’t need to know those people, they already know me. I am related to them and they are related to me.
If you don’t know us but have an opinion about how we should live our lives or if you can’t dissect the FACTS of a situation without making it a divisive issue, as Southerners, we only have one thing to say to your folly: “Bless your heart.”
So well said sir, so well said. If only some people would listen, they might just learn something!
Rush Limbaugh really showed his ignorance of American history and the Civil War today. He voiced some feel-good myths that are easily refuted, and should be.
Here are his statements and my correction:
1. The Founding Fathers only allowed slavery at the formation of the United States to appease the Southern states and encourage them to join the union. The Northern states opposed slavery and hated it and wanted to get rid of it.
Horse feathers. MOST of the Founding Fathers were slave owners or slave traders, including George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and Patrick Henry.
Twelve of the thirteen original colonies were slave states. There was no significant opposition to slavery by the Northern states. In fact, the Northern states were enthusiastically getting rich through slave trading. For every slave they sold to the South, they sold 20 more to Cuba, Brazil and the West Indies. Massachusetts, that great bastion of abolitionism, enslaved the Pequot Indians and sold them into slavery outside the continent. Rhode Island built and maintained an impressive fleet of ships designed and used specifically for slave trading. Northern textile mills used Southern cotton, planted and harvested by slaves, without any moral objections whatsoever.
Slaves were used in the North just as long as they were needed, and were then sold to the South once immigrants (like the Irish) were plentiful enough to replace slavery.
2. Fifty thousand soldiers died in the Civil War to abolish slavery. Not even close, Rush. Over 600,000 soldiers died in the Civil War (estimates put the number at around 640,000). At least 300,000 were Union soldiers. They did not fight to free the slaves, they fought to force the South back into a political union that they no longer wanted, for the usual reasons: to maintain the ability to tax and control property. For more details, see the scholarly essay by a university professor who actually knows what he is talking about: Why the Civil War Was Not About Slavery, by Donald Livingston, Emory University. The “fighting to free the slaves” myth was created after the war to give a false veneer of righteousness to Northern aggression.
So Rush, as someone who listens to you regularly, I must advise you to SHUT UP with regard to the Civil War and the Southern states, since you are wrong on the facts, and since you are alienating many Americans who are Confederate descendants, many of whom are conservatives.
It is possibly the best testament to how twisted our
education indoctrination system is that brilliant patriots like Rush still misunderstand why the War Between the States happened.
Everyone who knows this blog knows there are some things some things I will never stop defending. America, and our founding principles, the right to self-defense, Individualism, the right to life, and my Confederate ancestors who fought only when forced to in self-defense by an over reaching Lincoln administration that cared more about centralizing power in the federal union than our Constitution. I understand that some of my most admired Conservatives today would disagree with me, that is fine. I have nothing but respect for them, but, I, after studying the War of Northern Aggression for many years, I can come to no other conclusion than to say the blow struck against state sovereignty was one of the worst ever dealt our republic. And one we are still suffering from today.
The Left has always used every opportunity to hijack causes to destroy the right of self-governance, and The Lincoln administration was no different. As one historian put it there was an overriding difference between Confederate president Jefferson Davis, and President Lincoln. Davis was willing to destroy the union to save the Constitution, Lincoln was willing to destroy the Constitution to save the union. Now, I understand people will ask what would the Constitution be without the union?. I would counter by asking what our union is without our Constitution? I would ask y’all to ponder that question, to imagine it. But, look around, we already know what a post-Constitutional America looks like. Think about that. Really think about it. Then think about this. Many members of Team Lincoln believed in Higher Law, that is they believed that the Constitution was NOT the ultimate law of the land. Again, think about that!
So, I post this to hopefully make you think, and study our history. And, with nothing but love, respect and the deepest admiration for every true Conservative who I fight alongside every day to make this nation what our Founders intended, I post the following images. Three are of my Great-Great Grandfathers who fought for the Confederacy. Lt. William A. Allen, Co. G 56th Georgia Infantry, who lost an eye at Vicksburg and came back to fight some more, and Pvt. Martin C. Mewborn, Co. I 63rd Georgia Infantry, wounded fighting Sherman at Kennesaw Mountain. The third is Pvt. Allen Dean McWhorter of the 4th South Carolina Cavalry who went blind in a Union prison camp at Point Lookout. The fourth image is my way of honoring the Confederate soldiers who fought in the War Between the States.
Here they go again, trying to take down a memorial to Confederate soldiers
The Charleston County Council is waiting to hear from the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office before deciding whether to withhold funding from the Citadel.
The decision is based on a Confederate flag hanging in the school chapel.
Councilman Henry Darby says concerned constituents urged him to do something when they noticed the flag. He originally threatened to withhold $1 million dollars in funding.
The Citadel says the state’s Heritage Act protects the flag.
“I would tend to think they would find that given previous decisions, this would come under this Heritage Protection Act and it would be protected,” said former State Attorney General Charlie Condon.
The Citadel says the flag is a memorial for Citadel cadets who died in the Civil War.
I really cannot think of a more cowardly or despicable act than to attack a memorial to fallen soldiers, in this case cadets from the Citadel that serve in the War Between the States. We Southerners who are proud of our ancestors do not ask much, except to stop getting kicked in the teeth, and to have history honored and preserved.