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Hidden History and Self-Destructive Southerners
EverVigilant.net ^ | 03/01/2005 | Lee R. Shelton IV

Posted on 03/01/2005 1:33:00 PM PST by sheltonmac

As a Louisiana native who is now living north of the Mason-Dixon Line, I am well aware of the concerted effort to erase Southern culture from the nation's collective consciousness. I have written numerous articles addressing this social cancer, and every time I do I inevitably hear from people who have the audacity to call me an extremist. "The Civil War is over," they say. "The South lost. Get over it!"

Sure. Never mind that those of us who defend the South do so in response to the increasingly virulent attacks on our heritage. Forget that political correctness has blinded the eyes of so many Americans that historical facts can be obscured easily with half-truths and thinly veiled lies.

It's amazing how quickly people forget. Secession was at one time viewed as an absolute right retained by the people of the various states, a fact undeniable since it was an act of secession that gave birth to our nation in the first place. Today, anyone who believes that states have a moral and constitutional right to secede is looked upon with the kind of disgust and contempt normally reserved for the criminally insane.

Another example of hidden history is the contribution made by black Confederates in the fight against Abraham Lincoln's invasion of the South. Interesting how that always manages to escape notice during Black History Month. Thanks to historical revisionists, facts that once enjoyed mainstream acceptance by the public have been reduced to fictional beliefs espoused by the fringes of society.

Most of the controversy today has to do with the display of Confederate symbols. You may recall the heated debate surrounding the Confederate flag that flew above the South Carolina statehouse. The flag sat undisturbed for nearly four decades until the NAACP decided to launch an economic boycott against the state. Legislators eventually crumbled under the political pressure and moved the flag to a nearby monument, but members of the NAACP were upset that the flag remained on Capitol grounds. So, as a sign of their appreciation, they kept the boycott in place.

The Associated Press recently reported on Albert Burckhard, army veteran and retired high school teacher, who dressed as a Confederate soldier and buried a Confederate flag in front of the post office in Isle of Wight, Va. Why? Because "everybody knows" that the battle flag is offensive to blacks.

Mr. Burckhard's idiotic protest is only the most recent example of self-destructive Southerners in action. All across the South, symbols of the past are disappearing.

In Little Rock, Ark., Confederate Boulevard was renamed Springer Boulevard. The University of Mississippi dropped Colonel Reb as its on-field mascot. Georgia changed its state flag in an effort to distance itself from its Confederate history. "Heart of Dixie," Alabama's state slogan, is disappearing from car license plates. Vanderbilt University removed the word "Confederate" from a dormitory, despite the fact that funding assistance for the building was provided by the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

The sad thing about each of the preceding examples is that all of them occurred in the South. Worse, all of them were perpetrated by Southerners.

Believe me when I say that I have heard every criticism and insult that has ever been leveled against the South. But if there's anything worse than a Damn Yankee trying to tell a Southerner how to live or what to think, it's a gutless, guilt-ridden, self-destructive Southerner who has been made to feel ashamed of his heritage to the point where he plays an active role in its destruction.



TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: confederate; confedracy; damnyankee; dixie; dixielist; dixietrash; hate; hicks; kkk; leersheltoniv; neoconfederate; redneckhumor; rednecks; thesouth; whitetrash
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1 posted on 03/01/2005 1:33:01 PM PST by sheltonmac
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To: stainlessbanner; peacebaby; DixieOklahoma; kalee; dljordan; Da Bilge Troll; nolu chan; sionnsar; ...

*ping*


2 posted on 03/01/2005 1:33:28 PM PST by sheltonmac (http://statesrightsreview.blogspot.com)
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To: sheltonmac

As a southerner living in the north, I understand. I guess we won't be seeing any more of Shirley Temple's "The Little Colonel" either unless one buys the movie.


3 posted on 03/01/2005 1:35:21 PM PST by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: sheltonmac

It's a SOUTHERN THANG, Ya'll won't never unnerstand.......


4 posted on 03/01/2005 1:37:00 PM PST by Red Badger (The South seceded over refusal to end slavery. Blue states want to secede for the same reason......)
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To: sheltonmac

While I agree with what the thrust of this article - the role of Black Confederates (I am assuming the article was refering to soldiers) is overstated. Yes, there were Blacks, both free and slave that fought in the Confederate armies but they were a minority of a minority. Southern Blacks overall - free and slave - supported the Union efforts.


5 posted on 03/01/2005 1:37:45 PM PST by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorism by visiting johnathangaltfilms.com and jihadwatch.org)
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To: lilylangtree

Try and get a copy of Disney's SONG OF THE SOUTH. Nearly Impossible.


7 posted on 03/01/2005 1:37:56 PM PST by Red Badger (The South seceded over refusal to end slavery. Blue states want to secede for the same reason......)
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To: sheltonmac

I'm a Michigan Yankee who doesn't have any problem with seeing southern heritage preserved.


8 posted on 03/01/2005 1:38:04 PM PST by cripplecreek (The crippled stool is the cadillac of poopin stools.)
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To: lilylangtree

I've always lived in the north, but I love to visit the southern states. I love their history, too. I have never been offended by ole Johnny Reb, either! PC sucks.


9 posted on 03/01/2005 1:39:23 PM PST by raisincane (Bush, Cheney, Rice, Rumsfield - A Great US Team!)
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To: sheltonmac

10 posted on 03/01/2005 1:40:56 PM PST by smoothsailing (Eagles Up !!)
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To: raisincane

No kidding. Without the south we wouldn't have anyplace to ship our old folks to.


11 posted on 03/01/2005 1:41:24 PM PST by cripplecreek (The crippled stool is the cadillac of poopin stools.)
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To: sheltonmac

Nice article!


12 posted on 03/01/2005 1:46:00 PM PST by ValenB4
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To: lilylangtree

I do not believe the southern states had a right to secede, and I believe the issue was settled by force of arms. I believe that war to have been a terrible tragedy.

That being said, I admire the men of the south who comprised the southern armies and government. They fought bravely for what they believe. The had great courage, endurance, intelligence, resourcefulness, and honor. The heritage of the Confederacy is indeed worthy of preservation, and MORE than that, to be held up as example of Americans being ready to defend their rights, homes, and country. The people of the Confederacy were, and their descendants are, great Americans.

I live in Pennsylvania. My great great grandfather fought in the Union Army. A year ago, my oldest son [ten then] had to do a school paper on a "Great American" [parochial school. you understand. Nothing great about America seems to allowed in public school anymore]; I suggested Robert E. Lee. He read a good biography and did an excellent paper. We have stood in the shadow of his statue at Gettysburg Park while I have reinforced the greatness of men who fought on both sides that day.

Many in the North would share your desire to preserve that rich heritage.


13 posted on 03/01/2005 1:46:39 PM PST by Bushforlife (I've noticed that everybody that is for abortion has already been born. ~Ronald Reagan)
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To: sheltonmac

Great read Sheltonmac. Welcome to the United States of the Offended


14 posted on 03/01/2005 1:50:39 PM PST by stainlessbanner (Let's all pray for HenryLee II)
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To: sheltonmac

I have heard this argument numerous times. Perhaps in a less articulate manner, but in the same vein, country singer Trace Adkins stated on Bill Maher's (now defunct) show that "there was a lot more to the civil war than just slavery."

OK, let's say he is right. Let's say that the Civil War was (98%) about trade regulations, economic hardships, states rights, and only 2% about slavery.

Even at 2%, the confederacy that recognized and allowed the institution of slavery to breathe and flourish, had to be destroyed. An institution where a man, woman or child, was considered chattel. They had no say in who they married, where they lived, what they could pursue professionally or vocationally, much less civil rights matters such as voting, rights to an education, equal protection under the law. An institution where one man could treat another man in practically in manner (beat, maim, kill) he wanted because he owned him.

In the same way the author reminds us the United States was born as a result of colonies seceding from the crown, I hope that it is also not lost on the author that the principle disagreement with the Crown was over taxes and the lack of representation afforded to the colonists who were taxed. That places a much lower threshold for armed conflict than depriving a person of the opportunity to have a say in where they rested their head, whether they could learn to read and write, whether they got to keep their families in tact, and whether a person had no way to address a grievance if beaten, maimed, or family member killed.

I am even more perplexed as to why there is an insistency on including references to the confederacy as part of present Southern culture. The fact that there was a southern confederacy is history; it should not be dismissed, however, it should not be saluted either. If Southern culture is to be preserved, talk, signify, memorialize those things that define Southern culture, whatever that may be. Preserving the Confederacy inescapably preserves a government, institution and way of life that denied our fellow Americans and Southerners the most basic rights that our Consitituion endeavored to protect and preserve.


15 posted on 03/01/2005 1:52:36 PM PST by job ("God is not dead nor doth He sleep")
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To: sheltonmac

No kidding.
And where I come from (North Carolina), it was always called "the War of Northern Aggression."


16 posted on 03/01/2005 1:53:20 PM PST by Right Cal Gal (Armed, Female and Southern!)
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To: sheltonmac

well, this certainly is a damned-if-you-do,-damned-if-you-don't article.

I'm proud of my family history which is so entrenched in the south. My name-sake signed the Constitution for the state of Georgia and was a Georgia senator. His brother was one of the founders of University of GA.

I don't want to be self-destructive and I want to live in my beloved south in peace. And so if appeasing them quiets them down, so be it.

having said that, give them an inch and they'll want a mile.


17 posted on 03/01/2005 1:55:00 PM PST by peacebaby (Moser, how'd you like the cover of the MA05?)
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To: job
If Southern culture is to be preserved, talk, signify, memorialize those things that define Southern culture

Please share with us what you think defines Southern culture.

18 posted on 03/01/2005 1:58:34 PM PST by stainlessbanner (Let's all pray for HenryLee II)
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To: ValenB4

Thanks!


19 posted on 03/01/2005 1:59:34 PM PST by sheltonmac (http://statesrightsreview.blogspot.com)
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To: sheltonmac

It is entirely possible to be proud of the valor and honor of the southern heritage while recognizing that the Confederacy was established to promote an evil ideology.

While the US was not perfect when established, with its unequal treatment of women and allowance of slavery, it did enshrine as a founding principle the essential equality of all men, and by implication women.

The Confederacy, OTOH, was based on a rejection of this principle.


20 posted on 03/01/2005 2:04:10 PM PST by Restorer
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To: Right Cal Gal
I grew up near Greensboro(NC).

My grandmother referred it as "The Late Great Unpleasantness ">Her father lost a leg at the first Battle of Mannassas.He was in Lees Army of Northern Virginia.

Revisionist history has never affected me. The South fought in a Noble Cause for their freedom.

21 posted on 03/01/2005 2:07:52 PM PST by smoothsailing (Eagles Up !!)
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To: job
OK, let's say he is right. Let's say that the Civil War was (98%) about trade regulations, economic hardships, states rights, and only 2% about slavery.

It was probably more about slavery to Southerners than to Northerners. But the North DID NOT go to war to end slavery. It went to war to preserve the union. Lincoln himself was willing to preserve slavery if it would preserve the union. Slavery was legal at the time and so stated in the Consititution.

22 posted on 03/01/2005 2:09:19 PM PST by groanup (http://www.fairtax.org)
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To: Red Badger
Try and get a copy of Disney's SONG OF THE SOUTH. Nearly Impossible.

Disney has approved a 2006 release date for a 60th anniversary "Song of the South" DVD.

23 posted on 03/01/2005 2:09:52 PM PST by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: BCrago66; wardaddy; bourbon; stand watie; stainlessbanner

Most people rightly believe that the confederacy really sucked ass.






How illuminating to see that you speak for most people.
Your comment is that of a moron.
You've just lost the "civility" war.


24 posted on 03/01/2005 2:09:56 PM PST by onyx (Henry Kissinger: Asked if SoS Rice calls him, replied, "no never, she doesn't need advice.")
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To: sheltonmac

BUMP and BOOKMARKED.
Nice posting.


25 posted on 03/01/2005 2:10:44 PM PST by onyx (Henry Kissinger: Asked if SoS Rice calls him, replied, "no never, she doesn't need advice.")
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To: Don Simmons


LOL!
Right On!


27 posted on 03/01/2005 2:17:08 PM PST by onyx (Henry Kissinger: Asked if SoS Rice calls him, replied, "no never, she doesn't need advice.")
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To: onyx; stainlessbanner

Thank you, onyx. Very good.

Stainlessbanner, this might be a good example of Southern culture at its best: Having the talent to gracefully receive a crude insult with aplomb, all the while telling the insultor to go to hell in a very polite manner.


28 posted on 03/01/2005 2:17:35 PM PST by peacebaby (Moser, how'd you like the cover of the MA05?)
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To: sheltonmac

"But if there's anything worse than a Damn Yankee trying to tell a Southerner how to live or what to think, it's a gutless, guilt-ridden, self-destructive Southerner who has been made to feel ashamed of his heritage to the point where he plays an active role in its destruction."

Bears repeating again.


29 posted on 03/01/2005 2:18:17 PM PST by EagleMamaMT
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To: peacebaby

Polite? No - they can just go to hell. Pretty simple.


30 posted on 03/01/2005 2:18:42 PM PST by Don Simmons (Annoy a liberal: Work hard; Prosper; Be Happy.)
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To: sheltonmac

Be Prepared Boys,We ain't done yet....The Blue-Bellies just think we are..(just between us and the walls,,that's what we want them to think,,,what a plan!)
CSA


31 posted on 03/01/2005 2:20:37 PM PST by southronbtgoG (GRITS-----what more can you say......DEO-VINDICE)
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To: peacebaby

Bless that poster's heart, huh?

Thank you for your kind words.
Much appreciated.


32 posted on 03/01/2005 2:22:52 PM PST by onyx (Henry Kissinger: Asked if SoS Rice calls him, replied, "no never, she doesn't need advice.")
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To: groanup

"But the North DID NOT go to war to end slavery. It went to war to preserve the union. Lincoln himself was willing to preserve slavery if it would preserve the union."

And by preserving the union the north could continue to rape the south financially.


33 posted on 03/01/2005 2:23:56 PM PST by lotusblos
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To: EagleMamaMT
Here's an example right here. Someone from Massachussetts is telling folks from Wisconsin how to be offended.

Never ends

34 posted on 03/01/2005 2:25:15 PM PST by stainlessbanner (Let's all pray for HenryLee II)
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To: sheltonmac

INCOMING !!!!!!!!!!!!!


35 posted on 03/01/2005 2:25:21 PM PST by MAWG (Diversity is where everyone looks different but thinks the same way.)
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To: lotusblos

You Got That Right


36 posted on 03/01/2005 2:25:51 PM PST by southronbtgoG (GRITS-----what more can you say......DEO-VINDICE)
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To: Restorer

Here's today's fact, restorer.

The South is saving the union from the democrats.
Not one blue state.


37 posted on 03/01/2005 2:26:42 PM PST by onyx (Henry Kissinger: Asked if SoS Rice calls him, replied, "no never, she doesn't need advice.")
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To: job

At the cost of over 600,000 Americans? Slavery had already died off in most Northern states and other parts of the civilized world. It was also a dying institution in the South and most likely would have been dead within the next decade.

Slavery was legal in all 13 colonies when we fought for our independence from England. In fact, from the time the first European set foot on these shores until 1865, slavery existed in one form or another in America. Fortunately, people began to realize that slavery was incompatible with a nation founded on liberty, and the institution began to fade away.

Out of curiosity, are you familiar with what the New Testament says about how slaves were to be treated? Many Southern slaveowners followed those guidelines. It's difficult for us to imagine a culture in which slavery was accepted, but it was a social reality at the time. Were it deemed inherently evil back in biblical times, the Apostle Paul would have condemned Philemon for owning slaves. He didn't. In fact, he sent the runaway slave Onesimus back to his owner.

FYI, slavery existed for only 4 years under the Confederate flag; it existed for 89 years under the U.S. flag.

39 posted on 03/01/2005 2:27:33 PM PST by sheltonmac (http://statesrightsreview.blogspot.com)
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To: stainlessbanner

The honus to do so is not on me because I'm not the one urging other to preserve confederate or southern culture; the honus to define southern culture is on those who crusade to preserve all things confederate.

I do think that its fair to say there is a difference between Southern culture and confederate memorialization; the confederacy is centered on and revolves around a form of government; while Souther culture could be far more expansive.


40 posted on 03/01/2005 2:29:41 PM PST by job ("God is not dead nor doth He sleep")
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To: Don Simmons

Now, remember your manners. As Rhett said:

"Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn."


41 posted on 03/01/2005 2:29:49 PM PST by peacebaby (Moser, how'd you like the cover of the MA05?)
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To: lotusblos

The North profited from the slave trade and then from the tariffs imposed on the fruits of the slave labor. But the Southerners are the only evil ones. Go figure.


43 posted on 03/01/2005 2:30:58 PM PST by groanup (http://www.fairtax.org)
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To: sheltonmac

I'm sure there's more to southern culture than the Confederate flag, segregation and slavery. Why not accentuate the positive?


45 posted on 03/01/2005 2:31:14 PM PST by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: EagleMamaMT
TRUE!

loyal southrons call those creatures SCALAWAGS.

only whalespit isd lower than a scalawag.

free dixie,sw

46 posted on 03/01/2005 2:31:19 PM PST by stand watie (being a damnyankee is no better than being a racist. it is a LEARNED prejudice against dixie.)
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To: onyx

well, you know, I tell everyone from "up north" that a Southern lady will never say to your face what she can say behind your back.


47 posted on 03/01/2005 2:31:32 PM PST by peacebaby (Moser, how'd you like the cover of the MA05?)
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To: stand watie


BUMP, and I love your tagline.


48 posted on 03/01/2005 2:31:55 PM PST by onyx (Henry Kissinger: Asked if SoS Rice calls him, replied, "no never, she doesn't need advice.")
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To: Heisenberg
in other words you believe "might makes right"????

free dixie,sw

49 posted on 03/01/2005 2:32:32 PM PST by stand watie (being a damnyankee is no better than being a racist. it is a LEARNED prejudice against dixie.)
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To: peacebaby

LOL!
That's right, honey.
LOL.
Love it!
That'd make a great tagline...
mind if I steal it sometime?


50 posted on 03/01/2005 2:33:07 PM PST by onyx (Henry Kissinger: Asked if SoS Rice calls him, replied, "no never, she doesn't need advice.")
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