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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One Comment on “The Manipulation of Southern Pride

  1. The Magnificence of Truth written in this timely essay is a MUST READ in my opinion. Please share. Here’s an excerpt:

    “The denial of education to poor southern whites became just as much a method of controlling political will as it was controlling the minds of their slaves. They knew just how to misinform the general public, leading people to believe that their way of life was being threatened—that the wealthy northern elites and abolitionists were trying to tell them how they should live. Fear mongering among a populace unable to think critically, resulted in battlefields soaked with the blood of poor southern farmers.
    In all truth, Southerners should feel a deep burning hatred towards the Confederate flag and the rich aristocrats who brought it into existence. They should denounce the wealthy business elites who adorned themselves with military titles and marched thousands upon thousands of men and young boys to their deaths for a terrible and unjust cause. But many do not. The tactics used by economic and political forces in the antebellum south are still being used to manipulate people today.”

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