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November 02, 2002

Okay- maybe the Civil War isn't over

Freepers are discussing this article about how there was no "civil war" down South since "the typical Southern community was not divided at all."

Written by a rightwing contributor to a fundamentalist religious site, what is most remarkable about the article is that it completely ignores the views or actions of southern blacks and slaves.

As if those members of the southern community might not have had differing views and, in fact, joined the northern side in massive numbers when they could.

The whole romantic argument of the South for secession is based on this stone racist ignoring of that reality. A right to "secession" assumes a unitary south, which never existed, and could only exist in the minds of whites through slavery and Jim Crow's suppression of alternative voices.

Or in the self-delusion of the die-hard racists of the remaining Confederate nostalgics.

At least one Freeper noted the irony of "war on terror"-supporting conservatives having a brief for the Confederates. "How can people today condemn people in this country waging war (jihad) against the government today while praising those who in the 1860s killed 400,000 U.S. troops?"

Posted by Nathan at November 2, 2002 03:32 PM

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And even southern whites were divided. Why do the Freepers think we have a state called West Virginia?

Posted by: John at November 4, 2002 09:21 PM

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