(the "anti-racist" who reportedly lives in a lily white section of very black Memphis)
Tim's unwise comment here: http://oldgoldandblack.com/?p=31560&cpage=1#comment-72601
My reply (which they likely won't post):
I'm a "neo-Confederate," Mr. Wise, and I never say the war had nothing to do with slavery or racism. I do say most Confederates were fighting to save their families, homes, communities and territory from a barbaric invading army.
Their willingness to carry out one of the responsibilities of manhood -- that of defender/ protector -- and their doing so despite horrific suffering, is primarily why I honor them
My position is that the north had no moral authority for invading the South, and I honor my Confederate ancestors for standing against the invasion. Don't think for a moment that just because some northern states abolished slavery (to diminish or eliminate their black populations) that they were not armpit-deep in slavery.
"Abolitionist" Julia Ward Howe wrote in "A Trip to Cuba" (Google it) a passage that could mirror Stephen's Cornerstone speech. (She also said aboes wanted to, and tried to, "blow up the union.") Northern maritime interests got rich shipping slave-grown cotton to Europe. Northern industrialists got rich processing slave-grown cotton in their textile mills, and making/selling finished goods from slave-grown cotton. Northern banks got rich lending money for plantations and slaves, and northern insurance companies got rich off premiums that insured slaves.
Lincoln's call for volunteer military oppressors to invade the South doesn't say a syllable about slavery. That didn't become a factor until well into the war. For the north, the reason for brutalizing the South back into the "union" (i.e., no longer a volunary republic but a prison for states) was because they couldn't make it as a nation on on their own. It only required nine states to create the union by ratifying the Constitution, and there were 22 states in the union after the South seceded -- more than twice nine. But even with that many states, they knew they didn't have what it took to be a successful nation without the South.
Mr. Wise, you have a leftist (socialist/collectivist) political agenda -- leftism is one of the most destructive philosophies in history. Igor Shafarevich, a Soviet mathematician, wrote that socialism has been obsessed with material equality, and with the eradication of individual and gender distinctions, and with the abolition of religion, throughout history (long before it was called socialism). It wars incessantly against the normal. Shafarevich concluded that a “striving for self-destruction,” for nothingness, for the “death of mankind,” was the true goal of socialism. Instinctively, without stating it or even seeing it as the conscious goal, the socialist phenomenon seeks the death of the human race. http://www.sobran.com/hive/hum.shtml
How does it feel to be working toward the death of the human race? And you get your jollies denigrating and lying about decent, ordinary, better-than-you Southerners, past and present, because some of them owned slaves 150+ years ago, and fought against a barbarous military invader?
You are a huge part of the problem bringing about the downfall of America, Mr. Wise. You don't constitute even a particle of the solution.