The Secesh category archive
The hate is just too precious to them for them to let go.
AL.com’s Cameron Smith explores the lie that will not die, the myth of the noble “lost cause.” Here’s a bit; follow the link for the rest.
After the Civil War, the Union had accomplished its objective. Yet the South struggled to let go of the “holy’’ war it had spawned. The delusions of righteous grandeur explain why “Lost Cause” mythology and romanticized notions of the Antebellum South live on. They’re far less painful than tracing our lineage to those who were either deceived into or directly waged an unnecessary war to maintain an atrocious institution.
Jean Guerrero rips the hood off those who claim to be “colorblind” as they campaign against affirmative action. Here’s a tiny bit from the article (emphasis added):
But those same activists who’ve stoked the flames of antagonism toward affirmative action have close ties to the architects of this country’s metastasizing white nationalist movement. These links reveal the activists’ ultimate agenda, which has nothing to do with ending racism.
Follow the link for the evidence.
Sam and his crew discuss the latest antics of the
Supremacist Supreme Court and their inimical implications.
The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Helen Ubinas is less than sanguine. She argues that
We are a nation rotting from within because of our failure to fully and adequately address issues of racial justice. And with so many people trying to ignore — or erase — our ugly past, we are hastening our demise by sidestepping our shameless present.
Follow the link for her reasoning.
At my local rag, Margaret Edds discusses Virginia Governor Trumpkin’s apparent reluctance to allow schools to teach history that actually happened. Here’s a tiny bit of her article:
Still unfulfilled, however, is Youngkin’s history pledge. With a once-in-seven-years review of Virginia history standards due for completion in November, an opening has arrived. Yet, the recent decision by a Board of Education flush with new Youngkin appointees to delay public hearings on draft standards raises alarm. So does the Youngkins’ dropping from tours of the governor’s mansion — at least for now — a deeply researched narrative about the enslaved people who once lived and worked there.
Such developments must not signal a retreat from a long-overdue, more truthful telling of Virginia history.
She says “they must not,” but I got a dollar to a doughnut that they do, at least as long as the party of the New Secesh holds power.
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.
I agree with Farron that these persons are, indeed, bonkers.
They are also dangerous.
Where is HUAC when we need them? Because it doesn’t get much more unAmerican than this.
Warning: Short promo at the end.
I had ancestors who wore the grey.
They were wrong then, and those who would emulate them are wrong now.
Will Bunch opines that Pennsylvania’s Republican gubernatorial candidate seems to one of those risers again.
At the Roanoke Times, Arnold Schuetz, who grew up and attended school in Germany shortly after the end of World War II, sees echoes of his own experience in current attempts to–you will pardon the expression–whitewash America’s history of chattel slavery and racial discrimination.
No excerpt or summary will do his article justice. Just read it.
At AL.com, Roy S. Johnson explains the difference between an error and a mistake.
They just can’t help telling us who they are, can they?
Farron comments on a disturbing trend in Republican (what passes for) discourse.
It is not what persons want to believe happened.
As long as white Americans continue to willfully blind themselves to the facts of America’s original sin of chattel slavery, America will (continue to) live a lie and be vulnerable to that lie.
And I say that as a white guy who numbers among his ancestors persons who held slaves, as the saying went, including the man who signed John Brown’s death warrant at Harper’s Ferry.
That was not me and I am not them.
I’ve mentioned before how Second Son brought that home to me when we visited Harper’s Ferry and saw a wax figure of said ancestor, signing said death warrant, in a display there. Second Son said, “So, he was on the wrong side.”
And he was.
I already knew that, but, as I said, that comment brought it home.
Michael Paul Williams is less than impressed with Virginia’s Governor Trumpkin’s appointees. Here’s what he has to say about one of them (emphasis added):
Our moment of racial reckoning, teetering on the brink, does not need a Confederate apologist. But here comes McLean, who likened Abraham Lincoln’s attempt to preserve the Union to “Russia invading Ukraine” during a July 18 interview on John Reid’s talk show on WRVA radio. She also claimed that “slavery would have been outlawed in the South within five or 10 years, but they wanted to do it on their own time.”
I can only assume that “they” were not considering the desired timetable of the enslaved.
Follow the link for the others in his list.
Words fail me.
The University of Central Florida has removed anti-racist statements from departmental websites, a move that one professor has decried as an “infringement on academic freedom” in the wake of the passage of a Republican-backed law that restricts how race can be taught.
Much more at the link.