The last president of the Confederacy

…Lee’s surrender ended nothing, because the nation did not even begin to grapple with white supremacy. Reconstruction was strangled in its infancy; true racial reconciliation was never even attempted. The statue of Davis in Richmond, brought down by protesters Wednesday night, was not erected until 1907. Like almost all of the Lost Cause monuments, it was built during the revanchist era, when Southern whites were celebrating their reestablished dominance over African Americans via repressive Jim Crow laws and the terrorism of the Ku Klux Klan.

Many recall that the Confederate flag at the South Carolina statehouse was taken down in 2015 following the massacre of nine African American worshipers by a white supremacist at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston. Few realize that the racist flag had been installed at the statehouse not in 1861 but a century later, in 1961, when black South Carolinians like my parents were agitating for the right to vote.

…Trump must be bewildered. Unsubtle appeals to racial animus (remember his “birther” lies) have always worked for him in the past, but now he seems to be flailing. If it turns out that the Lost Cause is finally, truly lost, then so is the president who made himself its champion.”

The loser-in-chief commands a dying, diminishing army of traitors to the American Constitution. Regardless of what they call themselves this year.

2 thoughts on “The last president of the Confederacy

  1. Dog whistler says:

    “President Donald Trump on Sunday tweeted approvingly of a video showing one of his supporters chanting “white power,” a racist slogan associated with white supremacists. He later deleted the tweet and the White House said the president had not heard “the one statement” on the video.
    The video appeared to have been taken at The Villages, a Florida retirement community, and showed dueling demonstrations between Trump supporters and opponents.” https://www.snopes.com/ap/2020/06/28/trump-tweets-video-with-white-power-chant-then-deletes-it/ [article includes Trump’s tweet and video]
    The White House did not respond when asked whether Trump condemned the supporter’s comment. https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/28/opinions/not-enough-to-delete-trumps-white-power-tweet-obeidallah/index.html

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