July 13, 2017
I have recently spent time posting and interacting with members of several “Confederate” Facebook groups. This has been an enlightening experience, giving a glimpse into ideological fallacies that are common in these sort of groups. These ideas are a result of trying to reconcile beliefs concerning the history of the South and Southern culture with Cultural Marxism and modernity. There are several ideas in particular that I encountered that spoke to this cognitive dissonance most acutely.
The first trend I immediately noted after joining some of these groups and perusing the content for a short period of time is that there were a large number of image posts of black people dressed in confederate uniforms. Strangely enough, there were more pictures of blacks in confederate uniforms than there were whites within one particular group that claimed to be for “real” confederates. The comments accompanying these posts were basically people falling all over themselves to signal how great this was. These reactions were basically an attempt to signal that they weren’t racist despite supporting the Confederacy. It is the logic that if a black man is wearing the confederate uniform, it should be alright for white people to wear it as well. How can we be racist then? The better question would have been, “How does a black man in the uniform adequately represent your ancestors who fought and died for the cause?” These types of groups are virtually all white, it doesn’t make sense to use black men as the standard bearers for your cause.
Another common narrative I witnessed many people trying to promulgate within these groups, is that they were descended of Cherokee blood. They were attempting to take up this mantle of identity instead of simply identifying as white. I’ve actually witnessed this phenomena in everyday life while interacting with fellow Southerners. It is a way of trying to shed some of the excess baggage that comes with identifying solely as a white person. The present social climate has become so vitriolic towards white people that it is easy to understand why they would do this. However, if you identify as a confederate, you should have the courage to rail against this.
Practically everyone in these groups identifies as Cherokee. It’s ludicrous.
Even some of the more intellectual people I encountered were still trying to argue for impractical things in order to try and keep in sync with tenets of Cultural Marxism. One such fellow made an argument that if black people were simply educated about the true causes of the Civil War (i.e. The Tariff of Abominations, etc.) and on the true attitude Lincoln had towards the blacks (i.e. believing that whites and black could not live under the same state and that they would need to be sent back) that there attitudes towards Confederate symbols, like the battle flag, would change.
It is certainly true that the educational system in this country has taught that the Civil War was fought over slavery and the evil Southerners needed to be reconstructed. However, the issue is two fold with respect to believing that black people could be taught the correct version of history. Firstly, black people have a far stronger tribe mentality than white people. They have no incentive to believe the correct version of history because it does not directly benefit them as a people. Secondly, the educational institutions of this country have for a long time corroborated the false narrative surrounding the Confederacy and the Civil War. They are dedicated to promoting Cultural Marxism, where the minorities are uplifted and the white man demonized. It is highly unlikely they will change that. Whilst intelligent, this fellow lacked the sense of racial realism that would have allowed him to break free from the pattern of trying to justify the Confederacy to colored people.
All of these ideological fallacies are an attempt to justify the Confederacy and the honoring of our Confederates ancestors in the frame of what modernity has made socially acceptable.
Your ancestors weren’t evil, and you don’t need to justify honoring them to a system that hates you.