This week we take a look at another persistent myth of American society the “Lost Cause of the Confederacy, which like “American Exceptionalism” “meritocracy” and the “protestant work ethic” remain strong cultural beliefs despite all evidence directly to the contrary. Indeed, this week we take a deep dive into one of the primary GOP platform positions, that of the glory of the south and the desperate struggler to maintain the mythical white supremacy so many of these people hearken back to.
To be clear, the U.S. Civil war was instigated and started because of slavery, and if you believe otherwise you are either an idiot or a white supremacist. The lost cause narrative, however, exists not only to lie about and cloud the reasons for the war, the treatment of slaves, and the reasons why the South lost the war, but also to re-write the ensuing hundred-plus years of racial segregation and terror aimed at African Americans. However, as anyone with a brain could tell you, “Heritage not Hate” doesn’t mean much when your heritage IS hate.
This week we look at some of the arguments pushed by the peddlers of the lost cause, as well as some of the modern figures most closely associated with the movement, particularly the “League of the South” a white supremacist hate group founded in the 90s which exists for the purpose of accomplishing the secession of the Southern United states and the establishment of a white supremacist theocratic nation.
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You can catch video of the Burkman/Wohl con-attempt from a journalist who was on the scene Ford Fischer on Twitter: https://twitter.com/FordFischer/status/1528770106565840897?s=20&t=hGBIQ3F6KNsqexk9waIUBQ
Whose Heritage? Public Symbols of the Confederacy – Southern Poverty Law Center
Article on the Slave Renting system in the Old South – Proquest – Courtney Suciu
Misconceptions about race, slavery and the civil war – Rex Springston – Virginia Mercury
“Did Black People Own Slaves?” Henry Louis Gates Jr. – The Root
SPLC Extremist Profile “League of the South” SPLC designated hate group.