The Southern Achilles Heel,
By, Douglas McCue
With anything that has a long history and many view points, the Truth can be interpreted more by perception than by actual events or actual facts. Many of us in the South know this to be true because few of us would agree with the Imperial National government version of the War of Northern Aggression and the events that surround it’s cause and aftermath. This is a phenomenon that we need to understand and maybe not use but at least be prepared to confront it head on.
The opinion I offer in this writing is my own and is based on my own personal viewpoint. This is not to suggest that I believe every CSA Citizen should match my values or viewpoints but rather is offered to inspire some rational thought for consideration. It is said in my circles, that if we have 10 of us in a room, we will have 11 opinions. Each of us as individuals should and will maintain our own opinions, lifestyle, etc. That is a part of our Unalienable Rights and Liberty. Collectively, as the CSA however, we need to be careful and should stand firmly on the Principles that guide our Founding Father’s vision.
The years that followed the defeat of our Confederate Army was a dismal time that had the conquering occupying force set up a puppet Union Government. Our forefathers had to endure much humility and harassment. One of the tactics of the Union was to create an atmosphere of contention between the races. This wasn’t hard to do. It didn’t take much for them to fan the flames. Now I don’t pretend that all racial tension was created by the Northern occupiers but they did take advantage of it. In my opinion this rift between the races, while understandable (since the North increasingly started using the so-called “freeing of slaves” as the justification of the war, the Southern Whites would start holding the Black man as the reason for the loss of Liberty and subjugation AND the Black man would hold the Southern Whites as the source of their poor living conditions and resent years of slavery) was an unfortunate period of time. Many years of true racism existed. Although the original purpose and at least a portion of the KKK’s mission had nothing to do with racism and hating Black’s, there was/is ample justification to say that the KKK was/is a White racist organization. It would be ridiculous to say that racism did not exist in the South for many years. It would also be just as ridiculous to say the same for the North.
In around 1972, when integration took place, I remember watching the CBS news with Walter Cronkite. The big news one night was the riots taking place in Boston where buses were over turned and lit afire. Mobs broke windows and looted stores…all because they were mad about having to integrate their schools. We, in Duncan, SC had a little friction too. We had a student body vote to determine if the school mascot was going to be the one from the White school or the one from the Black school. When the vote was over, we forgot about it and went about our business.
Years later when I reported to IT school (Instructor Training) in Pensacola, FL I remember hanging out in a break room where a Yankee sailor started a rant that simply because someone was from the South it meant that they were a racist. I got dead in his face and gave him a bit of Southern education. I may have rearranged his thinking, but his assertion is the point I’m getting to. Perception, although maybe only partially true or even totally false will drive public opinion and will have very real consequences.
We in the South have a long standing label as being racist and that perception will have a direct and negative effect on our ability to project the positive attributes and principles of the CSA. Although the CSA has a whole different stand on Illegal Aliens, open borders, Centralized government, socialism, etc. than the US National government, we certainly have no intention of bringing slavery back. Citizens will all have equal Rights and opportunities no matter what the race or religion. In fact the reality is that the CSA will remove the shackles of the nanny state, welfare dependence and what some call Uncle Sam’s Plantation. The fact is, is that we are the Torch that will light the way back to Liberty, Freedom and the government that the Founding Father’s created. Considering the over reaches of the Imperial National US government, the “Principle for Which We Contend” is going to be exactly what many are going to look for when they realize the Imperial National government is a lost cause. If we continue to perpetuate the impression that we are ruled by racism, we will be rejected by the majority of people looking to replace the failed and dysfunctional US National government.
As I explained earlier, opinions are like…well you know – we all have one. As individuals we should celebrate our freedom to believe as we will. Furthermore, our heritage and culture should be celebrated as well. Being a White Southerner should be a source of pride and openly celebrated. The same should be true for the Southern Blacks or any other cultural group provided they are here legally. How ironic it would be for the CSA to achieve what the US socialists failed to do….provide an environment where all men can live free and prosper. That would be the ultimate in retribution for the War of Northern Aggression and all that ensued.