The Secesh category archive
Louisiana Republicans want to ban history in schools, at least, that is, the parts they don’t like.
In a letter to the editor of my local rag, a fourth grader nails it. Here’s a bit:
As a fourth grader, I believe it is fine to rename the places named after Confederates. One reason schools and monuments were named after Confederates was that white people during segregation wanted Black people to feel bad when they passed these places.
Follow the link for the entire letter (it’s the last one on the page).
When I was in the fourth grade, I had neither the understanding nor the writing ability to–oh, never mind.
At the Washington Monthly, David Atkins uses Tucker Carlson’s recent endorsement of “replacement theory” as a springboard to dive into what passes for (as?) “conservatism” in America’s current discourse. Here’s the crux; follow the link for the rest.
But second and perhaps more important is this: attempting to conserve the current hierarchy of wealth and power held in the hands of white men is to believe implicitly in a version of white supremacy. It follows inescapably through cold logic.
Because it is a fact that white men have held and continue to hold the vast majority of wealth and power in America, you must believe one of two things must be true: either you believe that white men are intrinsically more deserving, or you believe that institutional patriarchy and racism have combined to suppress and oppress women and people of color from gaining access to wealth and power on a level playing field. If you believe the latter, you meet the minimum standard for adherence to modern social liberalism and make yourself a pariah among conservatives. If you believe the former, you are by definition a chauvinist and white supremacist. If you claim not to be a chauvinist or white supremacist, but you believe that no actions should be taken to even protest–much less regulate or redistribute resources–to mitigate structural racism and patriarchy, you are inseparable from chauvinists and white supremacists at a social or policy level. One cannot simply declare the problem solved and assume everyone now has the same opportunities to succeed, because the problem is so obviously not solved at either a social or a policy level, and everyone so obviously does not have the same opportunities.
This is yet another reminder that Richard Nixon’s odious Southern Strategy has come full circle and turned the Party of Lincoln into the Party of the Secesh.
The slaveholders lost the war, but won the peace, and they are determined not to let go.
My ancestors wore the gray, but they were wrong.
And so too are these folks.
George Santayana once said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
I herewith propose the Hawley corollary:
As Leonard Pitts, Jr., points out (see below), until white America is willing to confront its past, it will continue to deny its present.
Farron points out how thoroughly Nixon’s Southern Strategy has come full circle and consumed the Republican Party.