Saturday, August 12, 2017

The American Culture war over Confederate history in the South

The south of the U.S. still has Civil War re-enactments to this day. IF people there have relatives who fought for the south in the Civil War often this is important to them. People have all sorts of points of view about all this throughout the nation. However, when 9 black people were shot in a church by a young white supremacist now in jail for life a movement began to erase Confederate history in the South.

But, for those who ancestors are immortalized on statues there are many who are now white supremacists who are willing to fight to keep Confederate history alive still. So, it is a matter of who you are related to mostly at this point and whether you still live in the South East of the U.S. mostly as to what your position is regarding all this.

For example, in California where I live most people who live here didn't have ancestors who even fought in that war so there is mostly puzzlement about all this in our minds because we really aren't connected to the personal nature of all this.

So, mostly we feel horror for all the violence and mayhem and potential deaths from all this who might become martyrs which could create some kind of civil war if people aren't careful once again especially in the Southeastern States that participated in the Civil War as a part of the Confederate Army.

It's very hard to say where all this is going right now. It reminds me in some ways of when U.S. Marshalls forcibly integrated southern public Schools likely in the 1960s and 1970s. Another thing back then was churches were segregated too and then churches lost their tax free status if they didn't integrate nationwide so this changed a lot of things too.

I see what is happening is a backlash at all the liberalization here in the U.S. since the 1950s of people who didn't or don't like all the changes.

It is possible to have literally any point of view you want about all this but maybe it is important to understand that some people are never going to change no matter what from their point of view. Real practical changes are always going to be met with resistance from some.

But also, I was very progressive for my era and now I often look back and see my generation that came of age during the 1960s and 1970s as often times having "Thrown the baby out with the bathwater" so there is something to be said for more conservative points of view when I see this in retrospect.

I have ancestors who fought on both sides of the Civil War at this point. My Great Grandfather fought with the north from Kansas as a Captain and I also know about Southern Officers that come from my Grandmother's side who was from Texas before she married my grandfather. Also, her uncle was General Robert E. Lee Bullard who was one of three Army Generals in charge of the U.S. Army in Europe during World War I. He was from Alabama.

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