Hell 2 Da Naw Naw: Your Continued Defense Of The Confederacy Is Trash
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As the push and call to erase the "honor" of The Confederacy grows, there are some who continue to argue that these people who LOST a war against the United States should be honored and remembered. The same folks that like to say "get over slavery" want to keep reminders of the men who FOUGHT FOR slavery to remain intact.
I will now explain, using HISTORY as a guide, how your continued defense of the Confederacy is absolute garbage. Let us begin with WHY the Confederacy was formed in the first place:
On March 11, 1861, delegates from the newly formed Confederate States of America agreed on their own constitution, which they modeled after the U.S. Constitution but with a couple of added articles pertaining to SLAVERY written into it. As a matter of fact, SLAVERY is mentioned in the FIRST ARTICLE of it:
Sec. 9. (I) The importation of negroes of the African race from any foreign country other than the slaveholding States or Territories of the United States of America, is hereby forbidden; and Congress is required to pass such laws as shall effectually prevent the same.
(2) Congress shall also have power to prohibit the introduction of slaves from any State not a member of, or Territory not belonging to, this Confederacy.
(3) The privilege of the writ of habeas corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in cases of rebellion or invasion the public safety may require it.
(4) No bill of attainder, ex post facto law, or law denying or impairing the right of property in negro slaves shall be passed.
- Yale Law School Avalon Project
I put part 4 in bold so you can understand once and for all that the Confederacy was all about keeping Black people as SLAVES and prohibited any law outlawing slavery in its territories.
This isn't something that should be honored. Americans should be ASHAMED for having this ugly history, but instead a section of our nation wants to CELEBRATE these men and women. Truly revealing.
You can argue that "you're erasing history", but that's what HISTORY books and museums are for - not public displays dedicated to people who fought for an inhumane cause to be upheld. Those generals led thousands of young men into into crushing defeats, and yet those same generals get military bases and installations named after them including Fort Hood.
Robert E. Lee, a confederate general and slave owner, also didn't want Confederate monuments erected writing the following in 1869:
I think it wiser, moreover, not to keep open the sores of war but to follow the examples of those nations who endeavored to obliterate the marks of civil strife, to commit to oblivion the feelings engendered. - Robert E. Lee
This is why you don't see statues dedicated to Nazis in Germany. They never FORGOT nor erased their history. They are ASHAMED of it and choose not to celebrate it. We should know better than to honor men who pushed failed ideologies which led to thousands losing their lives. That failed ideology: to keep Black people enslaved.
If you truly want African Americans to get over "racism and slavery", start by getting over the fact that the CONFEDERACY LOST. These men were traitors who did not believe in the American ideal that "all men are created equal", ,and took up arms to fight against those principles we hold so dear today.
I learned all of this from BOOKS, museums, endless documentaries, and writings from those in that period - not statues.