Friday, May 15, 2015

Self-righteous, historically ignorant editors

Via Bernhard

A recent editorial in the Dallas Morning News (reprinted in the Wilmington, North Carolina StarNews) attempts to “place Confederate statues in context” by revising history (link below). The “context,” of course, is how the editors see history now—a politically motivated agenda in evaluating past events–not as it was. Inexcusably, with indignation, they blame the Confederacy and the Southern people for today’s irreconcilable race relations.

The editors excuse an attempt by University of Texas college students in Austin to remove a “sculpture” of the former President of the Confederate States of America, Jefferson Davis. The revisers write, “Texans have long considered it appropriate and desirable to laud” these figures, but with a sneer they add that this partly served the “purpose of giving a defeated people a purchase for their past.”

The Confederate States didn’t need to buy their history; they earned every bloody day of it in their heroic stand against overwhelming force and destruction from Northern aggression during 1861 to 1865, and the vengeance that followed.

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