White Washing History With Cindy Hyde-Smith

Family Fun Day for the New Confederacy

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.

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7 Responses to White Washing History With Cindy Hyde-Smith

  1. Dennis Cole says:

    I would imagine that lunch will consist of hot-ham sammiches on white bread, a Rethuglicon favorite.


  2. Infidel753 says:

    Preservation of liberty and freedom for whom?

    Hey, if there’s one freedom worth fighting for, it’s the freedom to enslave.

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  3. Redhand says:

    I can’t tell you how relieved I am to read that “The Sons of Confederate Veterans” is a non-political organization dedicated to insuring [sic, should be ‘ensuring’] that a true history of the 1861-1865 period is preserved.”

    I will add that as a boy I attended a K-8 school in 1960s Alexandria, Louisiana. I was an Air Force kid born in the Bronx with a New Yawk accent. Our course of study included an LA State published school text devoted to Louisiana history. See https://www.jstor.org/stable/4231232?read-now=1&seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

    Let me just say that I learned things about the KKK and kindred organizations like “The Knights of the White Camelia,” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knights_of_the_White_Camelia, that you could learn nowhere else!

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    • David H Lippman says:

      Those Klowns in the SCV and the harpies of the DCV have done more to promote the “Lost Cause” and the Confederacy than Lee and Davis did when they were alive.

      I seem to recall that both told their losing citizens to obey the orders of the Union government and be “good citizens.” I guess, as Alexander the Great tartly observed after Arbela, “There’s always some son-of-a-b**** that doesn’t get the word.”

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  4. Pyed says:

    No doubt a lifetime of being taught to venerate the the rebels of the Civil War and the treason they committed has left these modern “historians” unable to differentiate between patriotism and the treason committed by today’s turncoats. .


  5. Jim says:

    I guess we’ll see how much clout Der Trumper still has with the predictable rally crowd. Will he praise Cindy or talk about his glorious self the whole time? (Trick question.) As always, it’s going to be about GOTV but that’s especially true in a runoff when turnout is almost always lower.


  6. Frank McCormick says:

    Whoa! I’m very familiar with the phrase “War between the States” and “War of Northern Aggression”, but “Second American Revolution” is a new one. I take it The South won?

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