The New York Times briefly details a revival in neo-Confederate propaganda

Oh look, people are showing an interest in the events of the Civil War:

…some groups in the old Confederacy are planning at least a certain amount of hoopla, chiefly around the glory days of secession, when 11 states declared their sovereignty under a banner of states’ rights and broke from the union.

The events include a “secession ball” in the former slave port of Charleston (“a joyous night of music, dancing, food and drink,” says the invitation), which will be replicated on a smaller scale in other cities. A parade is being planned in Montgomery, Ala., along with a mock swearing-in of Jefferson Davis as president of the Confederacy.

In addition, the Sons of Confederate Veterans and some of its local chapters are preparing various television commercials that they hope to show next year. “All we wanted was to be left alone to govern ourselves,” says one ad from the group’s Georgia Division.

I can’t laugh at this stuff. I wish I could, but I’ve seen plenty that is nothing but the neo-Confederate brainwashing of young people. The agenda is extremely sinister stuff. In addition to the very thinly veiled racism, as those who trump the South’s cause are well-aware of things like this –

In its secession papers, Mississippi, for example, called slavery “the greatest material interest of the world” and said that attempts to stop it would undermine “commerce and civilization.”

– there’s also the advocacy of openly shooting at one’s fellow Americans:

Jeff Antley, a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the Confederate Heritage Trust, is organizing the secession ball in Charleston and a 10-day re-enactment of the Confederate encampment at Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the war were fired on April 12, 1861. He said these events were not about modern politics but were meant to honor those South Carolinians who signed the state’s ordinance of secession on Dec. 20, 1860, when it became the first state to dissolve its union with the United States.

“We’re celebrating that those 170 people risked their lives and fortunes to stand for what they believed in, which is self-government,” Mr. Antley said.

Everyone clear on that? Firing on Fort Sumter was an exercise in self-government. And look at how Mississippi’s secession papers inform us of the character of that self-government!

Enough of this bull. These jokers need to be humiliated and stripped of any power or legitimacy they have. I’ll just note that it does take money and support to set up things like a “secession ball” or favorably re-enact the firing on federal troops for the sake of keeping slaves. There is no debate over the legacy of the Civil War. There are only some loud crackpots playing a game of identity politics and dressing it up in some vague rhetoric about freedom. Give them enough of a voice and they’ll start a “debate,” and all of us will have lost. The whole reason why the war occurred was that some things couldn’t be debated. Slavery is wrong. Secession for slavery’s sake is wrong.


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