The Mammy statue in Washington was to have been the culmination of a two-decade campaign to erect such monuments in every southern state by the UDC and its companion United Confederate Veterans, which together formed one one of the most formidable lobbying groups of the age. Their goal was nothing less than to rewrite the history of the Civil War. It rested on three main precepts: that slavery was not the cause of the conflict; that it was a struggle for Southern independence over Northern aggression; and that slaves never sought their freedom but were only too glad to be civilized under the hand of a superior race. All of this was romanticized under the rubric of “The Lost Cause,” in which a martyred South was defeated by a rapacious North solely due to the weight of numbers. The Yankees had the bigger battalions, not the better reasons.
The South may have lost the war but in the 50 years after Reconstruction was undone in 1877, it won the second battle: an ideological struggle in which Southern apologists imposed on the national consciousness a revisionist narrative of the conflict, its causes and its consequences. Central to this enterprise, as the historian David Blight writes in his masterly Race and Reunion, was the construction of monuments that, from the mid-1880s to the mid-1920s, memorialized the myth of the “Lost Cause.” Their erection was not to memorialize, but to polemicize.
via Daily Beast It’s Time for the Lost Cause of the South to Get Lost
Almost immediately, Mr Barker asked her why she didn’t “go back” to her country of origin. (Ms Calderón is an immigrant.)
“We have nothing here in America; ya’ll keep flooding it,” he said. “But like God says – like Yahweh himself says – we will chase you out of here.”
Later, Mr Barker stopped to correct himself, telling Ms Calderón: “No, we’re going to burn you out.”
via KKK leader threatens to burn black Latina journalist during interview – Business Insider
This illustrates something that even a lot of liberals don’t always get. Most of these monuments were not erected right after the Civil War. In fact, all the way to 1890 there were very few statues or monuments dedicated to Confederate leaders. Most of them were built much later. And since I’m not an academic, I feel comfortable squeezing this history into a very short, oversimplified summary:
1861-1865: Civil War.
1865-1875: Reconstruction Era.
1875-1895: Reconstruction Era ends. Blacks are steadily disenfranchised, allowing Southern whites to enact Jim Crow laws. In 1896, Jim Crow is cemented into place when the Supreme Court rules it constitutional.
1895-1915: With blacks disenfranchised and Jim Crow laws safely in place, Southern whites begin a campaign of terror against blacks. Lynchings skyrocket, the KKK becomes resurgent, and whites begin building Confederate statues and monuments in large numbers.
via The Real Story Behind All Those Confederate Statues – Mother Jones
“We killed 6 million Jews, 11 million undocumented immigrants is nothing,” a KKK leader Christopher Barker tells Univision News, during an interview with Univision’s late night news anchor, Ilia Calderon, for the show Aquí y Ahora.
Throughout the whole day, marchers displayed swastikas on shirts, flags and posters, as well as quotes from Adolf Hitler. They yelled “Heil Hitler!” and “Heil Trump!” And they stood outside a local Jewish temple with guns.
According to neo-Nazis, American Jews are a non-white race that is ruining the country. Longtime civil rights strategist Eric Ward says anti-Jewish sentiment is at the core of everything the Charlottesville rally goers stand for. The white supremacist worldview suggests whites are a minority under assault, and that Jews are seeking to take away their rights.
via Trump Fan KKK Leader: We Killed Six Million Jews, 11 Million Immigrants Is Nothing [VIDEO] – Nova Magazine
A heavily armed pro-Trump militia dressed in fatigues stormed a city council meeting in San Antonio on Wednesday to protest the removal of a monument to the Confederate Army that sits in Travis Park in the city’s center.
Their presence at the council meeting is part of an increasing trend of pro-Trump politicians and other public figures using hard-right militias as an intimidation tool.”
via Political Dig Heavily Armed Pro-Trump Militia Storms Texas Council Meeting To ‘Protect’ Confederate Monument
In their vicious quest to “Make America White Again,” this motley conglomeration of different hate groups did more than simply protest the removal of Confederate monuments. Armed for war, these incendiary racists employ several of the same aggressive tactics that the slaveholding leaders of the Confederate rebellion once relied on to achieve secession.
Having spent months using the ominous threat of violence to gain attention in Charlottesville, these modern-day homegrown terrorists attacked their fellow countrymen in a spectacle-like setting. The death of heroic activist Heather Heyer and the injuries of 19 other brave men and women are, quite horribly, only the most recent casualties in a long string of murders by white supremacists.
Donning helmets, bulletproof vests and military gear, armed with assault rifles, handguns and plenty of ammunition, “Unite the Right” members took a page right out of the old secessionist handbook. In fact, a highly functional culture of vigilante violence has long existed in the antebellum South. It was even more entrenched in the Deep South, where large percentages of slaves and greater economic inequality between whites intensified social tensions. And just as in their beloved Confederacy, where vigilantes worked hand-in-hand with local law enforcement, the Charlottesville vigilantes encountered very little resistance from the police.
via Charlottesville and the Confederate Legacy | By Keri Leigh Merritt | Common Dreams