BTW, did you guys know that slavery was on its way out in the South until Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin? That made the plantation system economically viable. And he was from Connecticut like me. I still live here and there are schools and streets named for him. But he caused the extension of slavery.
My point is that it's all too easy to buy into the narrative of North good, South bad. But when the Southern blacks who migrated here what did they find? Not the utopia they might have thought. There was and still is plenty of racism up here. It just wasn't blatant like in the South but it was there.
There was even a KKK rally here once when I was younger. It made the papers because people were upset about it. But free speech isn't only for speech you agree with and as much as I find their attitude and organization horrible to protect my right of free speech I must protect theirs as well. 'I may not agree with what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say' it is a quote I read.
I don't actually think the statues should come down. Let them stay. It's a part of our history that as ugly as it is remind us that we are far from perfect and we never will be. I'm also sick of the self righteousness of those who want to pretend that the North is so much superior to the South. We aren't really and as a Northerner I'm here to tell you that.
I have talked to folks who fervently believe that the Civil War was not fought over slavery, but regional and state's independence, rights, and economic interests. This has been brought up and proven to be false at least twice, maybe more, in the seven or eight years I've been involved with EI. Racial supremacy and religious-based subjugation of African peoples was in fact the cornerstone of the foundation of the Confederacy's establishment. Yet this is largely unknown to those Southerners and Confederacy buffs who claim that the stars and bars flag and other Confederate paraphernalia represent their "heritage", not racism. They have their perspective of "history", as inaccurate as it is, because the real history has been revised, lied about, and passed down to reinforce a romanticized and whitewashed account of reality for the purposes of propping up a culture to be manipulated for political gain and solidifying "white pride" to perpetuate racial animus against those of color.
Many of the beliefs and oral histories Confederate followers and advocates adhere to are largely mythical. One of these whitewashed ideals of Confederate lore is the idea that Robert E. Lee was such a paragon of virtue, a heroic Son of the South. His life and times are explored comprehensively in this recent Atlantic article. It is indeed eye opening.
Edited by yadda yadda, 18 August 2017 - 12:07 AM.