I’m not from the South so I don’t really have much feeling for the Confederate/Yankee brouhaha. I know many people do. And it really isn’t a race thing with them. It’s cultural. In these PC Times there is a hardcore attempt to repress the confederate history and any reenactments or displays of the flag, etc. This story is a classic example:
A college fraternity inspired by Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee has banned members around the country from wearing Confederate uniforms to “Old South” parties and parades after years of complaints that the tradition was racially insensitive.
The whole thing about not wanting to offend someone is blatant censorship. It’s a lot healthier to know where people stand so you know where they’re coming from than for it to be hidden somewhere. But we don’t live in healthy times.
It’s also helpful for people to educate themselves in lost histories or things that are suppressed, like this for example. The Civil War started over slavery, but it wasn’t solely about it. Not at all. And there is a lot of repressed and suppressed history about the South certain people don’t want talked about. Like, besides black soldiers fighting for the South, how about black slave owners. They existed too.
People are people. To thing race would change what people would do, given the chance, is absurd. The south was much more complex a place than they would have you believe. The past will always be there, but we’re not given honest information about what really happened. It wasn’t all cut and dry.
Maintaining the myths about the Civil War makes it easier to keep hammering on white people with the white guilt lie, which is one of the most absurd con jobs in history. The idea that an entire race is responsible for the actions of a minority of people who are long dead. It’s a lot healthier for people to educate themselves in areas where they have been lied to for their whole lives. Besides, it’s interesting what you can turn up by researching these areas.
Here is the opposing point of view on the confederate black soldiers. However, his arguments are refuted by points made in the article above.