I’ve been burying the lede on Cindy Hyde-Smith’s stories. I keep forgetting to mention that Mississippi is having an US Senate election on Tuesday, and she is up against Democratic candidate Mike Espy. Espy, you might have guessed, is African American.
Hyde-Smith’s (ALLEGED) racism has closed much of the gap in the race, so it probably comes as no shock that Hyde-Smith, in addition to enthusiasm for lynchings, voter suppression, and segregated schools, also has in her legislative record that she cosponsored “a resolution that honored then-92-year-old Effie Lucille Nicholson Pharr, calling her “the last known living ‘Real Daughter’ of the Confederacy living in Mississippi.” Pharr’s father had been a Confederate soldier in Robert E. Lee’s army in the Civil War.”
The resolution refers to the Civil War as “The War Between the States.” It says her father “fought to defend his homeland and contributed to the rebuilding of the country.” It says that with “great pride,” Mississippi lawmakers “join the Sons of Confederate Veterans” to honor Pharr.
The Sons of the Confederacy?
The Sons of Confederate Veterans, according to the group’s website, is a “historical, patriotic, and non-political organization dedicated to insuring that a true history of the 1861-1865 period is preserved.” The group says on its website that “The preservation of liberty and freedom was the motivating factor in the South’s decision to fight the Second American Revolution.”
Preservation of liberty and freedom for whom? Jeebus, these people!
Now, reading the resolution, we note that Effie Lucille is barely mentioned, but her daddy, the Confederate soldier, gets the majority of the citation. One might even note a bit of white washing going on, and that is not a pun.
The measure “rests on an odd combination of perpetuating both the Confederate legacy and the idea that this was not really in conflict with being a good citizen of the nation,” said Nina Silber, the president of the Society of Civil War Historians and a Boston University history professor.
Funny old world, innit?
UPDATE 1: this should surprise absolutely no one: MONDAY: The president is having lunch with Vice President Mike Pence. He will headline political rallies for Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith in Tupelo and Biloxi, Mississippi.