Looks like things Confederate, or the desire to purge them from American society, will continue into 2016. New Orleans kept the debate brewing this week with Mayor Mitch Landrieu signing a new law to remove statutes of Gen. Robert E. Lee, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard. Also slated for removal is a monument […]
Montgomery County’s School Board Tuesday banned the Confederate flag and “other symbols of hate” from the apparel of students or vehicles on school property, effective February 1, 2016. The banned items include anything that showcases “the Ku Klux Klan, Aryan Nation, white supremacy, Black Power, Confederate flags or articles, neo-Nazi or any other hate groups.” […]
Four shadow boxes honoring men who served in military conflicts hang on walls in our home. One honors my father, William Douglas Thompson, who served in World War II in the Navy and saw a lot of action in the Pacific. He came home from the war. His shadow box contains an American flag and […]
In 1965, as a freshman at The University of Virginia, I had the privilege of studying the American Civil War under a professor of Southern birth who was an educator who believed in the truth and not the lives of mythology.
“The South lost the war because it believed in slavery and promoted racism,” he said. “Then, after the war, it depended on its own propagandists to bury its racism under the mythology of a ‘heritage’ that did not exist.”
Public opinion condemning the racism that the Confederate flag promotes continues to rise amid bi-partisan calls to bury this symbol of hatred, prejudice and intolerance. Many point to a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that says the Sons of Confederate Veterans have no rights under the First Amendment to force states to issue spcial license […]