Last week I got a long crazy letter from a reader reacting to a post I wrote a year ago telling me that the Civil War had nothing to do with slavery. Oh, OK. That whole slave state/free state thing was just an accident? A misunderstanding? The fact that pro-slavery factions and abolitionists flocked to territories that could potentially become states to tilt them in one favor or the other causing terror and bloodshed was just incidental. The Missouri Compromise had nothing to do with all those people KILLING EACH OTHER over whether or not former territories would be "slave" or "free" states. Politicians didn't beat each other up on the floor of Congress over slave or free states. It was "state's rights!" And it just HAPPENED that the right the government was threatening to infringe upon in the South was the ownership and sale of black people. OK. Sure. Great. You want to take history and put it in rewrites, let's rewrite it. Still doesn't explain all those slaves and all those people who were "afraid" of what would happen if they were freed. But yeah. STATE'S RIGHTS! (To own slaves)
So now Virginia has brought back Confederate History Month. I, personally, don't get why anyone wants to celebrate the one thing that threatened to destroy our country and caused the deaths of millions of people, because it was so abhorrent to some the notion that black people should not be treated as property. I, like most black people, get tired of the Confederacy trying to dress itself up as something noble and valiant when they were the ones who refused a peaceful solution and opted to try to break up the country as opposed to accepting the fact that their precious "way of life" that happened to involve human chattel was going to end whether they liked it or not. I'm sorry. There is nothing noble about poor white people fighting and dying so rich white landowners could keep their slaves. It's ass-backwards. One of the reasons why they were poor was because wages were depressed because there was all this FREE LABOR walking around. But instead of getting mad at the players who rigged the game, they got mad at the slaves, who had no choice in any of it. Not even a choice in coming to this country. You can't tell me that it wasn't about black people when almost everything post-the Civil War in the South was about preserving the lines created by slavery through oppression, violence, terrorism and Jim Crow. So if the Confederacy is noble, the Ku Klux Klan is just a really passionate political party! That killed people. Glad we cleared that up.
It's just depressing that you still have people falling for the same practical joke of poor people fighting other poor people so they can feel superior to them. But keep doing it. It makes it soooo much easier for the ruling class to continue to screw you over as they've done for centuries. Pay no attention to the corporation dumping sludge in your backyard. That black person over there might have a nicer car that you and they're trying to date your daughter! Made you look!