Really? confederate History Month? Seriously? Followed by a second-day mention of slavery? Say word. Well, just to show that I’m really back doing this blogging thing again, and to prove that I’m ready for any eventuality, I’m celebratin’ too.
I’ve heard jokers who claim confederate allegiance/alliance talk some talk about reasonable people being able to disagree about the causes of the Civil War and whatnot — meaning that they think the cause wasn’t the physical enslavement of my people — but I’m gonna say no on that. True enough, I can disagree reasonably, and I’m reasonably sure that the reason they propose is neither reasonable nor factual (if slavery wasn’t a critical element, then why would it be in the state constitution of each of the confederate states?), but to deny the big, gray elephant in the room stretches me so far beyond my reason that it renders me unable to reason reasonably with one so bereft of reason.
But while arguing about history is sometimes entertaining, ultimately, life is about wha’chu gon do now. And I recognize that not all supporters of the confederacy are racist. But to those people I’d ask this: what about the confederacy are you looking to preserve? And given the fact that that imagery carries such baggage — terrorists flew that flag as their own! — what could you possibly hope to achieve by using it?
I really don’t think there’s a valid answer for that one. And if that’s just my prejudice speaking, then so be it.