The New Secesh category archive
In a long and thoughtful post, F. T. Rea considers recent decisions in New Orleans, Baltimore, and Austin to remove certain monuments to the Secesh, as well as the Virginia legislature’s efforts to prevent such action in Virginia. (Rea hails from Richmond, where Monument Avenue is the site of many memorials to those who fought to preserve and propagate chattel slavery.)
If you are not sure why there’s so much fuss about statuary, his article is well worth your while..Here’s an excerpt (emphasis added):
On Mar. 7, by passing HB587, a proactive group of legislators in the General Assembly moved to prevent that trend from spreading to Virginia. The bill empowered the state government to seize control over the fate of war-related monuments standing on public property. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the bill’s language would also block historically accurate signage from being placed near the statues of Confederate heroes on Monument Ave, as has been suggested by some Richmonders as a way of providing a context for the memorials.
Most of the monuments honoring the Confederacy that stand today in at least 20 states were put in place during the late-1800s/early-1900s. It was an era in which Lost Cause misinformation was being promulgated by stubborn sympathizers of the Confederacy. Plainly, they sought to paint over the haunting politics of the Civil War. Which was a propaganda campaign, if there ever was one.
Fast-forward to 2016: Whether it’s in Richmond or New Orleans, propaganda cast in bronze is still propaganda.
One more time: When you hear someone glorify the “Lost Cause,” ask him or her (though it’s almost always a him) to explain precisely what exactly was the cause that was lost.
(2017-05-22 23:15 Link updated to a more thorough description of the conduct of the New Secesh.)
Solomon Jones tries to figure out the
Alt-Right’s Neo-Nazis’ White Nationalists’ KKK’s Secesh’s sudden love for Russia.* A snippet:
The torch-bearing demonstrators were protesting plans to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a park in Charlottesville, Va. But instead of accompanying their Klan-like symbolism with the racist slogans of their forebears, they chanted, “You will not replace us,” and “Russia is our friend.”
Given that white nationalists in America claim to be focused on saving America for white people, I don’t get their sudden Russia fixation. But I guess that’s the effect of having a president who benefited from Russian hacking, fired the man who was investigating possible Russian collusion with his campaign, and topped it all off by allegedly revealing classified information to Russian diplomats.
*Changing the label doesn’t change the contents.
I suspect that Robert E. Lee, who knew when a cause was lost, would resent being a rallying point for the New Secesh.
A rally around a Confederate statue in Charlottesville on Saturday night by torch-wielding white nationalists drew condemnations from four of the five candidates running for governor in Virginia, but rare silence from a Republican who has made protecting the statue a key part of his campaign platform.
The Tiki torch ceremony, which Charlottesville’s Democratic mayor, Mike Signer, likened to KKK tactics “designed to instill fear” in minorities, was staged by a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that the Charlottesville City Council recently voted to remove. More than a hundred demonstrators chanted “You will not replace us,” “Blood and soil” and “Russia is our friend.”
Via Raw Story, which reports that there are racist twits on twitter.
Leonard Pitts, Jr., points out that racism elected Trump (of course, if you have been paying attention, you knew that already). A snippet:
On the other hand, nearly 80 percent of white working-class people who see the American way of life as under siege from foreign influences and who agree that “things have changed so much that I often feel like a stranger in my own country” supported Trump. So the “anxiety” that most influenced them wasn’t economic. They didn’t fear not making the rent so much as they did black neighbors or a mosque in the local strip mall.
In words of one syllable: I told you so.
There was a neon line leading straight from the lavish abuse heaped on Barack Obama to Trump, who asks a black reporter to set up a meeting for him with the Congressional Black Caucus (“Are they friends of yours?”) and tries to hang a “No Muslims” sign on the Statue of Liberty. Yet many white journalists, pundits, authors and academics simply could not see it.
“War of Northern Aggression” twits.
Posting will be spotty today.
I have some site maintenance to do (I need to deploy SSL* so Firefox and Vivaldi stop nagging me that this site is insecure, even though there’s nothing here that requires security other than my own password, as this is a hobby, not a business and I do not have anyone’s confidential information**), and I have some errands to run, but mostly I need a break.
Reality is just too damned depressing, even though there was a bit of good news from France last night.
Now, if only I could live in a fantasy world where down is up and up is down and lies are truth, as Republicans do . . . .
*How successful I’ll be is still an open issue.
**The notion that all websites should be SSL, even when there is no legitimate reason for encryption, is a curse and a pox. If I’m visiting, say, IMDB to see who the members of the cast of a movie or television show are and have no intention of logging on (I don’t even have an IMDB logon)–when all I’m doing is looking at a website and not passing any information to it other than what is in my user agent string, when all I am doing is looking at public information–there is no legitimate reason for requiring encryption.
Unnecessary security is not security.
It’s security theatre.
It was too pretty a day to spend it mucking about with computers. I went for a bike ride, then drove my little yellow truck to the grocery store (chicken piccata tonight, yums), then sat on the deck doing a crossword puzzle (this is one household where there is ever a crossword).
Mucking has been postponed until tomorrow and, after I poked about tonight regarding some of the issues I need to resolve, I must say that a call to my hosting provider’s most excellent tech support is a possibility. Fortunately, my phone has a speaker that I can enable so I can do real stuff as I wait for tech support to come live . . . .
And I needed the break from following the Trumpling of the American Dream. It was refreshing to ignore for a short while that the Secesh are now in charge.
Daniel Ruth marvels at the antics of a Florida Republican who is determined to block a memorial to persons held in chattel bondage. A snippet:
The slavery memorial proposal had passed unanimously in the Florida House. But Baxley, R-” ‘In The Heat of the Night’ Is a Comedy, Right?,” opposed the measure. He argued a monument honoring the legions of blacks who were treated like subhuman chattel would be such a bummer.
Instead Baxley, R-“I Love the Smell of Juleps in the Morning,” said he would prefer a memorial that celebrates people in a more uplifting manner. And since he chairs the Government Oversight and Accountability Committee, where the slavery memorial bill landed, the measure wasn’t even scheduled for a hearing.
. . . because if you don’t talk about it, it didn’t happen, right?
. . . and the season is open.
The American Ideal of justice for all is well and truly Trumpled.
Josh Marshall marvels at Trump’s threats to Trumple the govenment. A snippet:
Before they become notorious reputational debacles, Gingrich was quite clear about what he was doing. He would shut the government down, break President Bill Clinton’s will with the pressure and bend Clinton to his will and policy dictation. There were two shutdowns under Clinton and the Republican Congress. There was one under President Obama in 2013 and a debt ceiling crisis in 2011 which wasn’t a shutdown but had the same legislative hostage taking dynamics. The one recurring pattern is that shutdowns happen in the context of divided government. To be more specific, they happen when there is a Democratic President and Republicans in control of one or two houses of Congress. It simply never occurred to anyone before now that there would be a shutdown crisis when one party had unified control of the entire government still less that a President whose party controlled Congress would threaten to shut the government down to extort policy concessions from a party that controls nothing.
This looks for all the world that the Republican Party is ready to secede, if not de jure, then certainly de facto.
More at the link.
From the land of gracious living: Deneen Brown writes of two historians who are trying to compile a complete listing of ads still extant for runaway slaves in the ante bellum South.
A web search for “runaway slaves ads” will turn up a number of sites with actual historical facts that the New Secesh want to pretend don’t exist.
I must have broken this post when I was troubleshooting the sidebar issue.