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Let’s Make April Confederate Slavery Memorial Month

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant has proclaimed April to be Confederate Heritage Month, and April 25th to be Confederate Memorial Day. He gave the declaration as a sop to the right wing extremist group Sons of Confederate Veterans, many of whose members like to walk the streets of the South wearing their great grandfathers’ Confederate uniforms – or recreations of them.

It’s quite clear that, in places like Mississippi, Confederate Memorial events are really celebrations of the Confederacy, and all of its atrocities. Governor Bryant squeals in protest to the national media when he’s asked about why Mississippi is commemorating a traitorous regime known for its terrible human rights abuses. He says that Confederate Heritage Month is all about remembering everything about the Confederacy, the good and the bad…

… but then, his declaration of Confederate Heritage Month and Confederate Memorial Day didn’t even acknowledge the existence of slavery, the cruel practice that imprisoned huge numbers of human beings, forcing them to work for no money, to live in squalid conditions, without any legal rights. It was slavery that motivated the formation of the Confederacy in the first place.

So, lets’ do what the dishonest and dishonorable state government of Mississippi won’t do. Let’s use April to remember what the Confederacy was really all about. Let’s observe April Confederate Slavery Memorial Month, in which we take note of the depravity that people celebrate when they wave the Stars and Bars, when they stage Civil War re-enactments, and when they sing Dixie.

Every day for the rest of the month, I’ll be noting the reality of life in the Confederacy, and for the enslaved southerners before the Civil War.

It’s the Ugly South, which politicians like Phil Bryant show us has still not been replaced by the mythical New South.

8 thoughts on “Let’s Make April Confederate Slavery Memorial Month”

  1. Petra says:

    The many, many Black employees who work in State offices do not complain about the paid holiday, known as Confederate Memorial Day.
    February is Black Heritage month nationwide. MS choses to have Confederate Heritage month for its citizens in April. If people don’t want to observe it or participate in the activities, they certainly do not have to.

    1. Peregrin Wood says:

      Thank you for confirming that racism and Confederate Heritage go hand in hand. That’s a really choice comment about “Black employees”, Petra. We catch the racist code.

  2. ella says:

    I have an even better idea. Why don’t we just retire the making of memorials to a war that was fought longer ago than WWII, Korea, and WWII. There is much to do about nothing these days. It is over folks. The North won, the South needs air and space to breath. There is no need what-so-ever for any one, descended from either side, to do more than maybe have group meeting to commemorate our ancestors, their mistakes, their loses, their humanity. The only way to win, is for everyone to forgive, learn to see the dawn of a new day. Celebrate the new era, with all of its’ challenges. And embrace life as we all look up, consider where we are in our own personal lives, and learn to use what we are, not what someone else wants to use us for, break free of the past, and actually live for peace.

    1. J Clifford says:

      Ella, the South does not need “room to breathe”. The South needs to stop discriminating against people on the basis of ethnicity. Racial segregation is alive and well in the South, and other forms of institutional racism are still strong. Celebrating the Confederacy is an ideological tool for keeping these racist practices alive. If the South is tired of being criticized, then it needs to reform, seriously, beginning with an admission of the problem in both past and present.

      1. ella says:

        Since racism today is more heavily based in the African American community, that is against what they consider “crackers” or “whites”, it has become a case of reverse discrimination in many communities. It isn’t racism anymore. Now it is a competition to see who can come out on top in various venues. Who can get the government to give more to them. Who can get the most government positions in order to control the population. Who can produce the most mixed offspring to dilute the racial background. Who can get the most jobs. Who can take over the most businesses. This has been the reality for decades. Tired of the “racist” ploy? You bet. Time for the nation to wake up and call it for what it really is. Competition.

        1. J Clifford says:

          Ella, you just proved that you’re part of the problem. Racism like yours is holding the USA back.

          1. ella says:

            Lack of understanding is what you embrace. Apparently you have been indoctrinated in the “racism” theory. But that is what is wanted as a political gambit. What I stated is fact, not opinion. If you will look closely at the events of the past 50 or so years, it will become apparent. The rote teaching by news media has led us to an impasse that is not, at this time, beneficial to the nation, that is the people living in the nation, but only to the political establishment. Those who seriously believe what you espouse, are only pawns.

  3. Dave says:

    The majority of black people in the U.S. live in the South. People here get along together pretty well, it seems to me. When we hear of racial trouble it always seems to come from Baltimore, Detroit, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, etc. When people in the rest of the country come into close proximity to African-American culture they apparently don’t know how to handle it peaceably. Here in the South, African-American culture to a large degree is also Southern culture – we all love cornbread and hot sauce and we find all sorts of ways to love each other as well.

    Born here and lived here for more years than I want to admit. Never saw a KKK joker in full pointy-headedness until one came down from Connecticut to make some trouble at our courthouse. Of course, the press were there to report on trouble “down South.” The police had to rescue him from the (largely white) crowd, but that part wasn’t reported on the news where you live, Rowan.

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