The New Secesh category archive
Paul Krugman discusses how the legacy of slavery still taints the United States, using the Virginia gubernatorial race as a springboard. A snippet (emphasis added):
Here’s how that might happen: Ed Gillespie, the GOP candidate, is trying to pull off an upset by going full-on Trumpist, doing all he can — with assistance from the tweeter in chief — to mobilize the white nationalist vote. He’s accusing Ralph Northam, his Democratic opponent, of dishonoring the state’s Confederate heroes. (Funny how people who accuse their rivals of being unpatriotic worship men who engaged in armed rebellion against the United States.) He’s not only accused Northam of being soft on illegal immigration, but he’s insinuated that this somehow makes him an ally of a violent Central American gang.
As a Virginian who is subjected to Gillespie’s campaign commercials, I can attest that they are truly vile and duplicitous.
Via Job’s Angerhttp://jobsanger.blogspot.com/2017/10/they-were-traitors.html.
In my local rag, Roger Chesley looks at the text books used in Virginia schools around the beginning of the Twentieth Century and at how they promoted the lie of the “Lost Cause.”
Leonard Pitts, Jr., marvels at the kerfuffle over Jemele Hill’s tweets pointing out–nothing new here–that Donald Trump is a white supremacist. A snippet:
Really? Well, if Hill deserves firing for calling Trump a white supremacist, then what does he get for actually being one?
Follow the link for his answer to that question.
One more time, when you hear persons speak nostalgically of “the Lost Cause,” consider what exactly was the cause that was lost.
Daniel Ruth addresses the current kerfuffle in Tampa about a local
Confederate secessionist monument. A snippet:
That (controversy) would be, of course, Memoria In Aeterna, which is Latin for “Slaves? What slaves?” the Confederate monument honoring treason, racism and revisionist history that has been polluting public land in front of the old Hillsborough County Courthouse on Pierce Street.
Do please read the rest.
For what it’s worth, my mother was born and grew up in York County, South Carolina.
But she knew how to conduct herself in public.
As I’ve noted several times, today’s Republican Party is the creation and the legacy of Richard Nixon. Nixon’s “Southern Strategy,” his decision to woo bigots and racists during his second campaign drew them into the party and they have no commandeered it.
Leonard Pitts, Jr., sums it up; here’s a bit:
Its machinations have delivered to the GOP the presidency and both houses of Congress. Yet seldom has a party controlled so much and looked so bad doing it. Republicans find themselves saddled with an incompetent president elected on an implicit promise to make America white again. Under him, they are able to accomplish exactly nothing. They cringe as he suggests moral equivalence between bigots and those who protest them. As if all that were not bad enough, a newly revived hate movement now arrives, looking to cash in its chits.
Der Spiegle devotes another editorial to Donald Trump, and this one is a barn-burner. I find this telling sentence:
Follow the link for the rest of the sentences.