“Look Away, Look Away, Look Away…”



MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Wearing gray wool uniforms, hoop skirts, leather jackets and business suits, several hundred men and women marched to the Alabama Statehouse on Saturday afternoon, where they delivered defiant speeches, fired heavy artillery, and swore in an amateur actor playing Jefferson Davis as president of the Confederacy, 150 years and one day after the event took place.

OK, I get historical re-enactments. Playing dress-up. What’s the difference between those charming docents in colonial american history parks and sons and daughters of the Confederacy?

Though the swearing-in was a historical re-enactment down to the antique buttons, there were contemporary political overtones. More than one speaker, insisting that “the South was indeed right,” extolled the Confederacy as an example of limited government that should now be followed, and said vaguely that the rightness of the Southern cause was evident by a glance at the headlines every day.

Oh, really?

Asked about the prominent speeches and documents that describe the protection of slavery as the primary cause of secession, Joe Dupree of Mobile, Ala., said the question itself was wrong.

“African slavery is a 4,000-year-old African institution that affected us a couple of hundred years,” he said. “It is, historically, an error.”

You mean like forgetting to carry the 2 in a math problem? That’s an error. Enslaving an entire race, kidnapping them and bringing them to a new country (and the conditions of shipping the merchandise are well documented) to sell was just a boo-boo? What kind of person can dismiss one of the greatest moral quagmires in all of human history as an historical error?

“I really wish we didn’t have to defend what we do,” Chuck Rand, an engineer from Monroe, La., who is the adjutant in chief of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, said in an interview on Friday night. “This doesn’t have to be a fight.”

Mr. Dupree, who was sitting with Mr. Rand, concurred.

“What is it in a man,” he asked, repeating the question for emphasis, “that would cause him to deny his fellow man the pride and dignity of his heritage?”

The gods of irony have really given the Rands of the world the gift of blindness and no introspection.


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0 Responses to “Look Away, Look Away, Look Away…”

  1. jo6pac says:

    Yep, and still crazy after all of these years. It’s not going change any time soon for people like this if ever unless they stop breeding and what a great idea.


  2. Another Kiwi says:

    Don’t call them rednecks, though! Their political discourse should be listened to respectfully. Just like horse farts


  3. Capt. Bat Guano says:

    “’cause we’re rednecks, rednecks. Don’t know our ass from a hole in the ground.
    Rednecks, rednecks, just good old boys, keepin’ the niggers down, just keepin’ the niggers down.”
    Randy Newman from the song Rednecks.


  4. MR Bill says:

    Posted this last week at Washington Monthly College Guide in response to this particular Neo Confederate Idiocy (from an ‘academic economist’ and ardent follower of Hayek: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/college_guide/blog/when_professors_are_guest_spea.php ) and am too drunk to write anything new..
    “I am a lifelong southerner, and I am bloody sick of the pretensions and false history of certain sort of Totemic Southerner, exemplified by this snide Hayekian economist, who thinks his ideas about southern identity are privileged. His notions of the relevance of his fantasy Dixie, compounded of bad, incomplete, and biased telling of the past; the sort of military hagiography that tell us the War coulda been won, dangit; blinkered and willful ignorance to the evil of slavery, aristocracy, and an abusive Christianity; and brave images taken mostly from Hollywood box office hokum like Birth of a Nation and Gone with the Wind, is just wrong. There are as many Souths as Southerners, and this groups claim to have the ‘real South’ is just evil.
    I have ancestors who fought for the Confederacy and the Union. Sometimes they where the same person: disillusioned over the corruption and obvious failure of the South’s government, many in the Southern Appalachians actively opposed the Confederacy and supported the Union.
    This attempt to write me out of the South, and claim authenticity is just another rightist power grab.”

    |And these goomers in Montgomery claim false history and an incomplete heritage: they worship the -5 years of That ‘ol War, and ignore over a century of Jim Crow, Lynch Law, and corrupt government.


  5. jim says:

    Oh, you crazy lefies with your Gotcha History!
    Dixiestan, CSA: retroactive beneficiaries of The Mulligan Doctrine.
    Reagan & both Bushes proved that it works with money, too!


  6. This shit leaves me slack-jawed and googly-eyed – it’s like Bill O’Reilly not knowing when he’s wrong as the Budweiser in his Lucky Charms.

    And Oh, it’s entirely coincidental that, “See, the South was right!” gets dredged from the sewers of its historical repose just as the Good Ol’ Boy Right is engaged in their full court press to discredit our First Negro President.



  7. SkinnyDennis says:

    “What is it in a man,” he asked, repeating the question for emphasis, “that would cause him to deny his fellow man the pride and dignity of his heritage?”

    Sounds like another argument against slavery.


  8. darkblack says:

    “I really wish we didn’t have to defend what we do”

    As there is no defense for what their ancestors did, the stupidly revisionist prattle of those who wish to honor them and their deeds is spitting in the face of history and deserves nothing more than a sweeping backhand. F*ck Dixie.



  9. Doug L says:

    “What kind of person can dismiss one of the greatest moral quagmires in all of human history as an historical error?”
    Bible thumpers, that’s who.
    Remember that the bible – the so called source of all moral authority- does not say that slavery is a sin. In fact it it outlines the proper rules for how to do it. : “However, you may purchase male or female slaves from among the foreigners who live among you. …. You may treat them as your property, passing them on to your children as a permanent inheritance. You may treat your slaves like this, but the people of Israel, your relatives, must never be treated this way. (Leviticus 25:44-46 NLT)