Remembering The Heritage Of The Confederacy In Mississippi
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant has proclaimed April to be Confederate Heritage Month in order to celebrate the Confederacy, a violent breakaway nation sustained on the backs of slaves, provoking the bloodiest war the United States has ever seen.
In Mississippi, people will be spending April singing the praises of the Confederacy. Here at Irregular Times, we are observing Confederate Slavery Memorial Month for the rest of April, during which we will remember to atrocities of the Confederate States of America.
From the book American Slavery As It Is: Testimony of a Thousand Witnesses, compiled by Theodore Dwight Weld, comes the observation by Cornelius Johnson, who lived in Mississippi in 1837 and 1838, reported that “It is the common rule for the slaves to be kept at work fifteen hours in the day, and in the time of picking cotton a certain number of pounds is required of each. If this amount is not brought in at night, the slave is whipped, and the number of pounds lacking is added to the next day’s job; this course is often repeated from day to day.” Johnson also reported seeing an enslaved woman whipped 150 times as punishment for accidentally damaging harvested cotton.
Being imprisoned from birth, forced to work for 15 hours every day without pay, without the freedom to leave is bad enough. Being whipped for not doing the work hard enough, day after day, may have made economic sense for the cotton plantation owners in Mississippi, but is morally insupportable.
This savage cruelty is what people in Mississippi celebrate when they observe Confederate Heritage Month.