Gay marriage is now legal. Confederate flags are virtually illegal after the Mother Emanuel shooting. And if reports out of Memphis are accurate, the Mayor not only wants the statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest removed from a city park, but the remains of the General and his wife, as well. Considering AC Wharton has been Mayor of Memphis since 2009 and involved in local politics since at least 2002, the first question that enters my mind is:
Why now? The statue and body have been in that park since 1904. Were you waiting for a sufficiently large and innocent group of blacks to die, or did this revelation come as thunderbolt from the sky?
Memphis is having a mayoral election on October 8, so that is the time to express your displeasure to this scumbag Democrat. Either that or just abandon Memphis entirely before he turns it into Baltimore. Failing either of those, you deserve whatever you get. I wash my hands of y’all.
Clearly, the parishioners of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church are better Christians than I can ever hope to be. If I were a black member of a historically black church, seeing a squirrely white boy waltz in might have given me cause to discreetly make sure my pistol was still with me.
Maybe the good citizens of South Carolina are still so wrapped up in the Michael Slager shooting of Walter Scott that they forgot wild eyed, young peckerwoods with self-administered bowl haircuts are harbingers of death.
I don’t get it. A black kid walks into a white church, and nobody bats an eye. A white kid walks into a black church, and everyone is blown away.
What surprises me is the lack of cry for additional gun control. There hasn’t been a peep from Liberals to confiscate our implements of freedom. They rarely miss on opportunity to use the graves of innocents to push their anti-freedom agenda. It’s probably because the victims of the Mother Emanuel massacre are specifically identifiable as Christians, and there is nothing a Liberal despises more than a person recognizing an authority higher than government.
Rather, Liberals have again exposed themselves as the bullies they are by attacking the powerless; a piece of cloth. Not just any piece of cloth, but a flag. Specifically, the Confederate battle flag.
The same people who refuse to see the hatred and violence that accompany bearers of the ISIS flag, see nothing but a white tide of racism risen from dead Confederates’ graves coming to re-enslave all blacks.
All of this despite the fact that in the War of Northern Aggression, as now, there were blacks who proudly carried their Confederate flags as the symbols of defiance and cultural they are.
Oh, that’s right. Every one of them were slaves pressed into service by their masters. Perhaps I can disabuse you of that myth, as well:
Frederick Douglass, Douglass’ Monthly, IV [Sept. 1861,] pp 516: “there are at the present moment many colored men in the Confederate Army – as real soldiers, having muskets on their shoulders, and bullets in their pockets, ready to shoot down loyal troops, and do all that soldiers may do to destroy the Federal government…There were such soldiers at Manassas and they are probably there still.”
“Negroes in the Confederate Army,” Journal of Negro History, Charles Wesle, Vol. 4, #3, [1919,] 244-245: “Seventy free blacks enlisted in the Confederate Army in Lynchburg, Virginia. Sixteen companies of free men of color marched through Augusta, Georgia on their way to fight in Virginia.”
Noe, Kenneth W., Perryville: This Grand Havoc of Battle. The University of Kentucky Press, Lexington, KY, 2001. [page 270]: “The part of Adams’ Brigade that the 42nd Indiana was facing were the ‘Louisiana Tigers.’ This name was given to Colonel Gibson’s 13th Louisiana Infantry, which included five companies of ‘Avegno Zouaves’ who still were wearing their once dashing traditional blue jackets, red caps and red baggy trousers. These five Zouaves companies were made up of Irish, Dutch, Negroes, Spaniards, Mexicans, and Italians.”
From James G. Bates’ letter to his father reprinted in the 1 May 1863 “Winchester [Indiana] Journal” [the 13th IVI [“Hoosier Regiment”] was involved in operations around the Suffolk, Virginia area in April-May 1863 ]: “I can assure you [Father,] of a certainty, that the rebels have negro soldiers in their army. One of their best sharp shooters, and the boldest of them all here is a negro. He dug himself a rifle pit last night [16 April 1863] just across the river and has been annoying our pickets opposite him very much to-day. You can see him plain enough with the naked eye, occasionally, to make sure that he is a “wooly-head,” and with a spy-glass there is no mistaking him.”
The 85th Indiana Volunteer Infantry reported to the Indianapolis Daily Evening Gazette that on 5 March 1863: “During the fight the [artillery] battery in charge of the 85th Indiana [Volunteer Infantry] was attacked by two rebel negro regiments.”
After the action at Missionary Ridge, Commissary Sergeant William F. Ruby forwarded a casualty list written in camp at Ringgold, Georgia about 29 November 1863, to William S. Lingle for publication. Ruby’s letter was partially reprinted in the Lafayette Daily Courier for 8 December 1863: “Ruby says among the rebel dead on the [Missionary] Ridge he saw a number of negroes (sic) in the Confederate uniform.”
Federal Official Records, Series I, Vol XVI Part I, pg. 805: “There were also quite a number of negroes attached to the Texas and Georgia troops, who were armed and equipped, and took part in the several engagements with my forces during the day.”
Federal Official Records Series 1, Volume XV, Part 1, Pages 137-138: “Pickets were thrown out that night, and Captain Hennessy, Company E, of the Ninth Connecticut, having been sent out with his company, captured a colored rebel scout, well mounted, who had been sent out to watch our movements.”
Federal Official Records, Series I, Vol. XLIX, Part II, pg. 253 – April 6, 1865: “The rebels [Forrest] are recruiting negro troops at Enterprise, Miss., and the negroes are all enrolled in the State.”
Federal Official Records, Series I, Vol. XIV, pg. 24, second paragraph: “It is also difficult to state the force of the enemy, but it could not have been less than from 600 to 800. There were six companies of mounted riflemen, besides infantry, among which were a considerable number of colored men.” – referring to Confederate forces opposing him at Pocotaligo, SC., Colonel B. C. Christ, 50th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, official report of May 30, 1862
From the diary of James Miles, 185th N.Y.V.I., entry dated January 8, 1865: “Sargt said war is close to being over. saw several negros fighting for those rebels.”
And as a cherry on top, I will quote from “The Forgotten Black Confederate Soldier” blog since I am unable to make the point any more eloquently than the writer of the article:
“Black Southerners also demonstrated loyalties based not on ownership, subservience or fear. The Confederate Burial Mound for Camp Morton, Indiana, at Indianapolis, Indiana, has bronze tablets which list the nearly 1200 Confederates who died at that camp. Among those names are 26 Black Southerners, seven Hispanic Southerners and six Indiaan (sic) Southerners.
At a time when those Black Southerners could have walked into the Camp Commander’s office, taken a short oath and signed their name to walk out the gates free men obliged to no one they chose instead to stay even unto death.”
Exactly how much evidence will it take to convince Liberals and the social media sheep who are only capable of the shallowest of critical examination that black Confederates existed, they still exist, and whomsoever waves a Confederate banner is neither necessarily a racist nor an Uncle Tom nigger?
Just to be clear, when discussing the “Confederate flag,” we are really talking about a group of five flags. The Confederate States of America went through three national flags in its short existence, a battle flag, and a navy jack, which only differed from the battle flag by being rectangular instead of square.
The flag that typically gets everyone worked up is the Confederate battle flag, which is appropriately referred to with the sobriquet “Southern Cross.” The term “Stars and Bars” is only appropriately applied to my favorite version of the Confederate national flag, the first.
I appreciate it for its value in separating those well-schooled on the issues from the ignorant rednecks who use the Southern Cross as a combination burglar deterrent and Hell-raiser street cred.
We talk slow down south, but we don’t think slow. There are an awful lot of smart and highly educated rednecks running around who don’t buy the Yankees’ bullshit.
The Confederate flag is really a marker of differentiation. It’s a waving declaration of not only what the bearer is, but what the bearer is not. Black or white, that person is stating in no uncertain terms that he is not a Yankee.
Not only is he not a Yankee, but he actively resists the Yankees’ attempts to homogenize the South, a place chock full of adopted sons and daughters who choose to live there over all other possible locales.
That statement of rebellion is particularly true for the black Confederates. They clearly see what their Northern and urban brethren have become and reject it out of hand. They don’t fear the white man next to them, but rather the violent, sociopath blacks participating in riots.
Neither do they fear dead white men. Unlike the guilt-ridden white Liberals and opportunistic politicians who haul down all versions of the Confederate flag from Southern war memorials, removed busts of Confederate Generals from legislative houses, and are now agitating for grave desecration of long dead Confederate leaders, Confederates of all colors are able to separate bravery and courage of conviction from racism by examining the context in which the Confederate flag is displayed.
If the intention for the remains of Nathan Bedford Forrest are similar to the stated plans for the Confederate flags, his descendants will have to jockey for position with museum patrons to visit the final resting place of their ancestor because he will literally be on display in a glass case, presumably to be jeered at.
If I must silently swallow the assertion that the Confederacy lost the war and can therefore be abused at will by the victors, the American Indians had better quit their bitching, too. Either that or I want my own casino. I’m reasonable.
Another falsehood promulgated by Liberals is that Confederates were, by definition, traitors to the United States. They were less traitors to the Union in 1861 than the Founding Fathers were traitors to the English Crown in 1776.
At least, the Confederates were operating under the good faith of an unresolved Constitutional question. The Founding Fathers knew there was no provision for separation from England and their declaration of independence was absolutely treasonous.
Abraham Lincoln engaged in political maneuvering that would make the current president proud in order to avoid the Supreme Court hearing the issue of whether states had the right to secede because Lincoln thought the Supreme Court would rule against him.
As written in the 1860’s, the Constitution did allow for secession, and Lincoln knew it. So to achieve his unconstitutional goal of forcing the South to remain part of the Union, he simply prevented them from making their case. That’s straight out of the Liberal Playbook.
If you can’t beat ’em, make ’em shut up.
One group who has no requirement to keep their mouths shut, either collectively or on an individual basis, are homosexuals.
In another victory for special privilege for the malcontented and self-entitled, the United States Supreme Court has struck down all prohibitions on gay marriage. The fourteen states that still cling to the quaint believe in the Tenth Amendment have been told by the Supreme Court that the will of their people, as expressed by their respective representatives and state constitutions, matter less than the will of the LGBT activists half a continent away.
I’m reasonably confident that given the opportunity, LGBT activists would hurl Confederate flag wavers to their deaths from tall buildings just like ISIS has done to homosexuals in Syria.
I have a terrible predilection for causing trouble and generally sticking my thumb in people’s eye whenever possible. To that end, I need a man equally mischievous as I who possesses the ability to act and a desire to make a complete stranger deal with conflicting prime directives.
The plan is for he and I was sashay into a proclaimed gay-friendly bakery posing as an engaged couple to place an order for a wedding cake that looks more or less like this.
Do I really have to explain the hilarity that would ensue from two gay, good ol’ boys desiring to exercise their new-found right to marry with a celebratory confection bearing the Confederate battle flag?
Holy shit! I might actually get to see someone’s head explode from the paradox.
One of the freedoms enjoyed by Americans is the right of association. It works in reverse, too. We all have the right not to associate with whomever we choose.
If you disagree, I suggest you get to work on my big, gay, Confederate-flag, redneck wedding cake before I report you to the PC Police for violating my rights.