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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.

5 thoughts on “Remembering The Heritage Of The Confederacy In Mississippi”

  1. J Clifford says:

    It looks like that Confederate heritage of nasty discrimination against minorities is alive and well in Mississippi. The same Governor who declared this to be Confederate Heritage Month just signed into law a bill that officially authorizes discrimination against gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender people.

    What Southern Lack Of Hospitality!

    1. Dave says:

      J, opposition to the bill could also be seen as a discriminatory attack on religion. Having read the article, the question comes to mind: since when have the folks at Irregular Times been siding so strongly with the big national corporations?

  2. Dave says:

    Rowan – and I thought the Southerners were still fighting the war! It’s funny how Southerners, whether black, white, or Hispanic, by just being themselves bring out the worst bigotries in the rest of the country.

    Think it through — a few weeks tilling the soil and planting, then after the rains a crop with 2-3 weeks of harvesting. What exactly was there to do on a farm for 15 hours a day, every day? An “eyewitness” account of slavery by a Republican filled with the anti-slavery passions of his day needs to be taken with more than a grain of salt.

    Slavery was indefensible and fairly despised by those in the South who had to compete with it, and the more severe form of chattel slavery in the 19th century was largely supported by corporate investment. The State you’re picking on is the most African-American State in the Union, and African-Americans are arguably the most socially conservative group, hence, along with religious people you get a very socially conservative state. One survey during the Confederate flag controversy in South Carolina had 38% of African Americans in favor of leaving it alone. Not a majority, but enough to illustrate that Southern people are quite a mixed bag, and there is more (and better) going on down here than you probably imagine.

    Maybe it’s time for your LGBT people to load up the buses for a freedom ride through the South, and once you’ve fixed us you can look around and see if anything back home is broken.

    1. J Clifford says:

      You know, Dave, I lived in the South for 6 years, and racism was rampant. That’s what I saw. It was out on display every single day.

      Keep on living in denial if you like, Dave. It’s not bigoted to point out that the politics of the South is still dominated by a zeal for discrimination against minorities. It’s just how things are there.

      You want people to stop criticizing the South? Help to reform it. Vote to kick the bigots like that Governor down in Mississippi out of office.

      1. Dave says:

        What you saw was culturism, J. Three very old and rich cultures, each protecting its own cultural interests and seeking to have dominion over its own institutions. You talk about racism while (I know I am assuming here) probably believing there is no such thing as race. That may be, but the proper word for what you experienced is culturism. It will continue until the Left and the U.S. government finally destroy the last vestiges of the African, European and Hispanic (and some French) cultures here. Have at it. When everyone in the South is indistinguishable from Portlandia, I’m sure it will be heaven.

        Six years here should have been enough time to pick up on how savvy Southern people are to the “ugly American” syndrome the rest of the world is so familiar with. The U.S. has been invading smaller, weaker peoples throughout the world for a long time, trying to “nation-build” and bring their cultures up to American high standards. How’s that working out down South? A hundred and fifty years of trying to tweak people’s psyches has gotta get tiresome.

        Well, gotta go look in on my friends over by the river. Oh, they’re part African, part Cajun, so I hope I don’t upset the rest of the country by not conforming to the ideal Southern bigot stereotype.

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