The Manipulation of Southern Pride

I’m happy to share this thoughtful and thought-provoking post. It’s so important to hear the voices, perspectives and wisdom of folks fighting this southern scourge (which of course extends well beyond “the South”) from within. This piece is right-on, and I hope many people are able to engage, discuss and share its content. As the enlightened among us move forward in righteously tearing down monuments of the monumental oppression that pervades this country’s founding and history, it’s crucial to continue digging down into the soil where those racist roots thrive to this day. By carefully tending the precious, if tragically blood-stained, earth from which our society has grown, we can sew a beautiful garden and ensure a bountiful harvest of solidarity, compassion and love for generations to come. Humanity up! 🙂

Thoughts of a Coal Miner

640px-Stone_Mountain_Carving_2 Stone Mountain, Georgia | Photo by Jim Bowen

When I was a teenager, I went to a meeting of the new Sons of Confederate Veterans chapter in my home town. I quickly became caught up in the ideals of the SCV and hoped desperately that I could find a Confederate soldier within my lineage so I could join.
I was not racist thanks to a good upbringing, nor were many of the SCV members in my home town. The head of the chapter made it clear to newcomers that racism would not be tolerated in any way, shape, or form. Despite this fact, we were nevertheless engaged in downplaying the atrocity of slavery to reconcile our past and defend our identity as southerners.
In our shallow minded understandings, we believed the war was about classism and freedom from oppression, arguing that the south was fighting over interpretations of the Constitution…

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