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» From "A Message From Gary" // December 17, 2012 1:49:15 AM UTC
Let me help you out with your notion that the rebel flag is a symbol of any noble "States Rights" philosophy that the "New South" likes to hide behind. Anyone who has actually studied the Civil War and the lead up to it knows clearly that slavery was an economic institution of the highest magnitude and the desire to preserve it as such was the overwhelming reason for the war.
No one sums it up better than Alexander Stephens (Vice President of the Confederacy) who, on March 21st 1861, gave a speech on why the Confederacy wanted to seceed. These were his exact words.
"The prevailing ideas entertained by Thomas Jefferson and most of the leading statesmen at the time of the formation of the old Constitution were that the enslavement of the African was in violation of the laws of nature - that it was wrong in principle - socially, morally, and politically. It was an evil they knew not well how to deal with, but the general opinion of the men of that day was that somehow or other, in the order of Providence, the institution would be evanescent [temporary] and pass away. Those ideas, however, were fundamentally wrong. They rested upon the assumption of the equality of races. This was an error. . . . and the idea of a government built upon it. . . . Our new government [the Confederate States of America] is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid - its cornerstone rests - upon the great truth that the Negro is not equal to the white man. That slavery - subordination to the superior race - is his natural and moral condition. This - our new [Confederate] government - is the first in the history of the world based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth"
It's time that the South faced up to it's true legacy and stop glorifying it's sorry past.
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