The Secesh category archive
It occurred to me yesterday that so many persons who are white like me are hostile to any remembrance of Juneteenth because it emphasizes what precisely was the cause that was lost in what has mythologized as the Lost Cause.
To put it another way, celebrating, or even recognizing, Juneteenth calls out the lie that the Civil War was about anything other than chattel slavery.
At the Washington Monthly, Paul Finkelman argues that Florida Governor DeSantis and his “Don’t Say Gay” law stand squarely in the middle of a long tradition of suppressing speech in the American South, a tradition which, like so many of the negative aspects of our society, ultimately reaches back to racism and slavery.
Follow the link for his reasoning.
Clyde W. Ford points out that there’s nothing new about “replacement theory.”
The flaw is that equality is not “replacement” in any way. Nobody is being “replaced.”
At the Houston Chronicle, Jeffrey Littlejohn opens a photo album and sees the history that Governors Abbot and DiSantis and their dupes, symps, and fellow travelers don’t want taught in schools.
I remember the days of water fountains labelled “white” and “colored,” bathrooms ditto, even separate schools.
Well, quite a bit, actually.
Such as casting a patina of legitimacy over treason, just to pick a for instance.
Rebecca Watson explores how arithmetic fell afoul of Florida’s ban on
critical race theory historical facts. It’s an even uglier and more twisted story than you might expect.
When the Republican Party implemented its “southern strategy” in Richard Nixon’s second presidential campaign, it expected to use racism and bigotry as a tool to gain and retain power.
Now, five decades later, the Republican Party has become the tool and racism and bigotry its wielders.
skewers points out the internal contradictions in the right-wing’s racist “great replacement theory” myth lie.
We are a society of stupid.
At the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Maureen Downey explores the effects of the state of Georgia’s war on historical fact. Here’s a bit:
The bills reveal the willingness of this Legislature and governor to exploit ginned-up fears of conservative white parents that schools are becoming woke boot camps where their kids learn about LGBTQ relationships, Black Lives Matter and white privilege.
It’s not a coincidence that the misinformation campaign that Georgia schools taught critical race theory followed the election of Georgia’s first Black and Jewish American senators, and as Confederate monuments fell across the country.
At the Idaho State Journal, Chris Huston skewers the duplicity and under-lying bigotry of Florida’s “anti-woke” law. Here’s a bit;
Florida’s new law also makes illegal any statements in the classroom or employee training that people are oppressed (or privileged) based on their race, gender or national origin. This provision may make it tough for teachers to talk about the Civil War, unless you want to suggest that Black enslaved humans actually enjoyed their all-expenses paid cruise ship voyage to America to be sold on the auction block, thereby qualifying for a lifetime of free room and board, along with cool custom branding.
It never ends . . . .
A Michigan man accused of terrorizing residents by leaving nooses and racist handwritten notes around his community to stop people from supporting Black Lives Matter has been charged with hate crimes, the Justice Department said Wednesday.
Authorities allege in an affidavit that Pilon went to stores in Saginaw leaving nooses attached to a note that read: “An accessory to be worn with your ‘BLM’ t-shirt. Happy protesting!” The messages were found in several places, including a Goodwill parking lot, inside a beverage cooler at a 7-Eleven and in a Walmart parking lot.
He probably thought he was being witty.
He was half-right.
Leonard Pitts, Jr., counsels us to stop looking away, looking away, looking away from the party of Dixieland.
. . . and they never give a straight answer to a simple question: States’ rights to do just what, exactly?