One of the things societies organized around the defense of evil often do when they lose a war is try to salvage their dignity by blaming “the politicians” while trying to valorize military heroes. It is too unbearable to face the fact that so many people you loved were killed, not even for nothing, but for less than nothing–for evil. So you come up with mythologies to explain that while you may have lost and you may even have been a tad wrong (all because of that Jeff Davis), but still and all your heroes were great and honorable men who were fighting for noble reasons.
It’s a coping mechanism. But the day has to come, sooner or later, where you have to admit that and stop lying to yourself and everybody around you. Like this:
The historical record, alas, doesn’t support his claim. Lee owned or managed slaves for over thirty years — in April 1861, he oversaw roughly 200 slaves — and always sought to maximize the value of his human property. Lee may have complained about the “peculiar institution,” but he and his family benefited from it tremendously.
It is long past time the myths of the Confederacy were laid in the grave and people admitted that it fought for evil and its heroes are not worthy of the honors and lies that protect their memory. That’s why the statuary of the Confederacy, expressly erected to enforce Jim Crow and keep a subject population in line, needs to go. Robert E. Lee killed more Americans than Adolf Hitler in the defense of owning human beings. That is what the Confederacy fought for.
As the MAGA Cult is so fond of yelling at African-Americans who still suffer from the structures of sin the Confederacy bequeathed them, “It’s been a century and a half. Move on! Get over it.”
William Faulkner, himself a Southerner who understood the powerful warping pressure of history in the Christ-haunted South remarked, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” That’s because the sons and daughters of the Confederacy were never really able to do what, for instance, the people of Germany did after WWII and what the children of Israel did after the Babylonian Exile: say forthrightly, “We and our fathers sinned.” Instead, for a full century the children of the Confederacy lied and denied and glorified the “Lost Cause” and romanticized their murderous revolt in defense of a slave regime.
For instance, from 1889 to 1969, American history textbooks used in the South required the approval of the United Daughters of the Confederacy before they could be used to brainwash 69 million children for 80 years that slaves were “indentured servants” and that white supremacy was right and proper:
The constitution of the UDC’s North Carolina Division, for example, said the group aimed to insure that “the portion of American history relating to [the Civil War] shall be properly taught in the public schools of the State, and to use its influence towards this object in all private schools.” That barebones concept was given flesh by Division President Mrs. I.W. Faison, at the group’s annual convention in Wilmington, North Carolina, in 1909:
We must see that the correct history is taught our children and train them, not in hatred towards the North who differed from us, but in knowledge of true history of the South in the war between the States and the causes that led up to the war, so that they will be able to state facts and prove that they are right in the principles for which their fathers fought and died; and continue to preserve and defend their cause, until the whole civilized world will come to know that our cause was just and right. … There is an expression often used by our people as the “Lost Cause.” Let us forget such, for it is not the truth. …No, our cause was not lost because it was not wrong.
A few years earlier, national UDC President Mrs. James A. Rounsaville put it this way at the group’s annual convention in Charleston, South Carolina:
It has ever been the cherished purpose of the Daughters of the Confederacy to secure greater educational opportunities for Confederate children, and by thorough training of their powers of mind, heart and hand, render it possible for these representatives of our Southern race to retain for that race its supremacy in its own land.
All that matters because with the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964, the white racist Dixiecrats, in vengeance against LBJ, fled the Democrats and were welcomed with open arms by the GOP. Republican strategist Lee Atwater, in 1982, explained how the tailored their message to appeal to the white supremacist vote that is now the backbone of MAGA:
Which brings us down to today and the white supremacist Panics du Jour about the 1619 Project and the hysteria over CRT being taught in schools. In addition to the alleged Party of Free Speech trying to outlaw discussion of our racist history, they are also trying, in Texas, to revive the old Confederate control of textbooks with the absurd 1836 Project.
Here’s the glorious history of Texas in brief:
1830: Mexico attempts to end slavery in the territory of Texas
1835: the territory of Texas goes to war with Mexico to keep its slaves
1845: the Republic of Texas goes broke and joins the United States
1861: the State of Texas goes to war with the U.S. to keep its slaves
There’s a reason real worship begins with a penitential rite and antichrist MAGA worship begins with “We are freaking AWESOME!”: