Self-righteous, historically ignorant editors

A recent editorial in the Dallas Morning News (reprinted in the Wilmington, North Carolina StarNews) attempts to “place Confederate statues in context” by revising history (link below). The “context,” of course, is how the editors see history now—a politically motivated agenda in evaluating past events–not as it was. Inexcusably, with indignation, they blame the Confederacy and the Southern people for today’s irreconcilable race relations.

The editors excuse an attempt by University of Texas college students in Austin to remove a “sculpture” of the former President of the Confederate States of America, Jefferson Davis. The revisers write, “Texans have long considered it appropriate and desirable to laud” these figures, but with a sneer they add that this partly served the “purpose of giving a defeated people a purchase for their past.”

The Confederate States didn’t need to buy their history; they earned every bloody day of it in their heroic stand against overwhelming force and destruction from Northern aggression during 1861 to 1865, and the vengeance that followed.

Apparently, the UT children, in a snit of immaturity, expressed “discomfort” about the presence of an important historical figure on campus. Instead of wasting time being offended they should be in history classes learning why previous Texans found it “appropriate and desirable” to honor their ancestors. Editors feel the kiddy’s pain brought on by their mutual affliction of ignorance.

Their misreading of history leads them to declare that these “historical markers” were intended to honor Confederate leaders, but by extension a “troubling truth”—that being the Confederate South embraced an “empty and corrupt ideology that supported a racist system of slavery,” according  to historically-challenged editors.

Aside from the fact that slavery isn’t necessarily racist (prior to the nineteenth century slavery existed throughout the world and still persists in Africa), editors extend their insulting remarks to blame the Southern people of 150 years ago for being “at the root of painful divisions cutting at this country’s core even now.”  Really? The great central government experiment forced on Southern States at bayonet-point has become corrupt thanks to the empty society that supported it.

To understand the pervasiveness of historic racism, editors should read the link below that explains how blacks were treated by “caring” Northerners. They should also read how after the War Between the States power-hungry statists began advancing the Leviathan central government leading to the dependent urban black society now “cutting at this country’s core.”


About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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