This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and some are using it as an occasion to glorify the Confederacy. There was nothing glorious about General Robert E. Lee fighting to preserve an southern economy and culture built on whites owning other human beings, blacks, as property.
I loathe everything the Confederacy stands for including, so called “white southern pride.” What exactly is that code for? Keeping blacks in their rightful place as property? A person has the right to fly a confederate flag and I have the right to lambast what it represents! You exercise your first amendment right, I exercise mine. As a black woman, from Richmond, Virginia, I’ve seen too many monuments built to memorialize the Confederacy and viewed with disdain too many Confederate flags flying high with impunity from people’s homes. A Confederate flag to blacks represents what a Nazi symbol does to Jews–hate and it makes me sick!
Some who lionize Confederate soldiers like Lee for waging a years’ long battle to keep blacks in bondage, as property owned and abused by whites, need to ask themselves how they’d like it if the roles were reversed and blacks owned them? Black slaves in America were used as free labor by whites for decades to build the wealth of many whites, whose generations enjoy that wealth have today. Blacks were raped, lashed with leather whips and killed by white slave owners in the South. That’s why black Americans come in so many varying shades of brown because of the children female slaves gave birth to as the result of non-consensual sex with their white masters.
Now, I don’t use slavery as an excuse for anything neither did my parents or their parents before them. But blacks never got paid for the work they did like building Monticello, Mount Vernon, the White House, University of Virginia, U.S. Congress, state houses, plantations, great mansions and other public buildings across the nation. You name it, black slaves probably built it. Nor did they get paid for making tobacco, cotton, and sugar plantation owners very wealthy.
No, I loathe the Confederacy and everything it stands for. Long die the Confederacy and long live the party of Abraham Lincoln, what used to be the Grand Old Party, which ended the abomination of slavery and enfranchised blacks into the U.S Constitution where they belonged in the first place. I’d love to see Republican candidates running for president in 2016 return to their roots of being the inclusive party of Lincoln, asking blacks for their vote in earnest, and demonstrating how Republican policies can help blacks excel more than the failed polices of Democrats have over the past 50 years.