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When the Dodge Charger of 20-year-old Nazi sympathizer James Alex Fields Jr., plunged into that crowd of protesters Saturday, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer, Fields put Charlottesville on the map of modernity alongside Ferguson. Before Fields ran down the protesters, and then backed up, running down more, what was happening seemed but a bloody brawl between... Read More
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Almost one year ago, Dylann Roof killed nine blacks at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Imagine if a political hack like Hillary Clinton or a Main Stream Media Cultural Marxist like CNN’s Sally Kohn had said this: This was an act of hate and intolerance against Christians. We need to see this in the context... Read More
More Legal Lynchings of White Men
Nick Bromwell recently engaged in the kind of unintentional parody Salonspecializes in by calling for the simple display of the Confederate flag to be a Hate Crime [Let’s make the Confederate flag a hate crime, July 10, 2015]. Today comes news that in what The New York Times delicately called an “unusual legal maneuver,” the... Read More
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With that kumbayah moment at the Capitol in South Carolina, when the Battle Flag of the Confederacy was lowered forever to the cheers and tears of all, a purgation of the detestable relics of evil that permeate American public life began. City leaders in Memphis plan to dig up the body of Confederate General Nathan... Read More
I’ve recently received information that Yale University may be about to rename what is possibly the most picturesque of the twelve colleges that house its undergraduate population. Calhoun College, which flanks stately Elm Street in the now badly run-down city of New Haven, is for me a scene of youthful memory. As a graduate student... Read More
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The Battle Flag and the Attack on Western Culture
Too much misinformation has been generated recently about Confederate flags and monuments. A great amount of it floating about on the Internet is as palatable and useful as what my neighbor cleans up out of his horse paddock each week---although what my neighbor cleans out actually has a better and less pungent odor about it... Read More
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A recent incident in Wallingford, Connecticut, not far from where I grew up, caused VDARE.com Editor Peter Brimelow to comment: “Cultural Marxist totalitarianism is coming to an America near you.” A complaint was lodged with the local police that “hate” merchandise— Nazi and Confederate memorabilia—was being publicly exhibited and sold at a popular flea market.... Read More
In an article on April 13 ( http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2015/04/13/power-lies/ ) I used the so-called Civil War and the myths with which court historians have encumbered that war to show how history is falsified in order to serve agendas. I pointed out that it was a war of secession, not a civil war as the South was... Read More
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The Attack of the Orcs
Occasionally I will read articles on the ostensibly conservative web site, Townhall.com. Indeed, my good friend Jack Kerwick has published some fine pieces there. Recently, Paul Gottfried forwarded on to me an essay written by a Neoconservative Republican operative, Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby, “The Confederate Flag is Anti-American,” and I wanted to make a... Read More
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Yesterday afternoon I heard a black civic leader in Columbia, South Carolina being interviewed about the just completed removal of the Confederate Battle Flag from the statehouse grounds. The lady from FOX who did the interview wanted to know about the satisfaction experienced by the black leader in light of the events that had just... Read More
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Rural Wisdom and the Gathering Storm
The furor over the Confederate flag, think I, has little to do with the Confederate flag, which is a pretext, an uninvolved bystander. Rather it is about a seething anger in the United States that we must not mention. It is the anger of people who see everything they are and believe under attack by... Read More
“They finally shot the nigger!” the sparrow-slight soldier whooped. Nicknamed “Georgia” for the obvious reason, that’s what he apparently ran around shouting once word of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination wound its way out into the electric-green paddy fields of South Vietnam. I was told the story more than once by a member of his... Read More
(But Not the Civil War)
The Pentagon just can’t let go. In the wake of the Charleston Massacre, Amazon and Walmart have announced that they will no longer sell Confederate flag merchandise. Ebay says it will stop offering Confederate items for electronic auction. Mississippi's Republican speaker of the housecalls his state flag, which includes the Stars and Bars in the... Read More
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No recent event is more concerning for this lover of liberty than that concerning the Confederate flag. Some food for thought: First, the logic of those who demand that the Confederate flag be erased from public life inexorably leads them to demand the same of the American flag (as well as, for that matter, all... Read More
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Since the Charleston shootings, GOP officials have been scrambling to complywith Leftist demands that Southern Whites be stripped of visible signs of their Confederate heritage. The GOP has actually been downplaying the Confederacyfor years—Jeb Bush conspicuously removed Confederate banners and insignias from the Florida statehouse back in 2001. [Jeb Bush Ordered The Confederate Flag Removed... Read More
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Fox News anchor Sean Hannity promised to provide a much-needed history of the much-maligned Confederate flag. For a moment, it seemed as though he and his guest, Mark Steyn, would deliver on the promise and lift the veil of ignorance. But no: The two showmen conducted a tactical tit-for-tat. They pinned the battle flag of... Read More
"I will never be able to hold her again, but I forgive you." So said Nadine Collier, who lost her mother in the massacre at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, offering forgiveness to Dylann Roof, who confessed to the atrocity that took the lives of nine churchgoers at that Wednesday night prayer... Read More
The tragedy of a mass murder in Charleston, S.C., last week, obviously motivated by racial hatred, has raised anew the issue of the lawfulness of the State expressing an opinion by flying a Confederate flag at the Statehouse, and the constitutionality of the use of the First Amendment to protect hate speech and hate groups.... Read More
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Confederate Flag Day, State Capitol, Raleigh, N.C. -- March 3, 2007
[A major oration, previously unpublished, by Prof. Paul Gottfried] Those Southern secessionists whose national flag we are now celebrating have become identified not only with a lost cause but with a now publicly condemned one. Confederate flags have been removed from government and educational buildings throughout the South, while Confederate dignitaries whose names and statues... Read More
Having pulled the Confederate flag down from nearly every pole on which it fluttered, the anti-white lobby still isn't quite finished. The most recent symbol of the Old South to be reconstructed is the University of Mississippi's traditional mascot, a Confederate soldier called "Colonel Reb." The university is still run by whites, but the abolition... Read More
In the spirit of their profound commitment to democracy, the nation's civil rights lobbies are pondering whether to launch a boycott if, as Georgia's new governor has promised, the state holds a referendumon restoring a Confederate symbol to its state flag. It used to be these lobbies would boycott a state if it dared defy... Read More
Just in time for Black History Month, Southern heritage activists in Georgia are resurrecting a little white history of their own, and predictably the anti-white lobby doesn't much care for it. But beyond the possibility that something out of the white past might actually be honored, what the white-haters also hate is the prospect of... Read More
With Trent Lott booted downstairs for implying, however innocently, that forced racial egalitarianism might have caused certain problems, it is now open season on the entire white Southern heritage. The New Year has kicked off with a Republican official in California being disciplined for pro-Confederate remarks he circulated four years ago, with official U.S. government... Read More
Not the least of the lessons in political reality that popped out of the ballot box earlier this month was taught in Georgia, where an old controversy over the Confederate flag design in the state's official flag suddenly descended on a promising political career like a headsman's ax. But even as anti-flag politicians learned one... Read More
Just because Confederate flags and similar symbols have been ripped down from most public places, don't imagine the crusade against them is over. Now that the battle against Confederate symbols on public property has been largely won, the battle against the same symbols on private property is just starting. For South Carolina restaurateur Maurice Bessinger,... Read More
Ever on the alert for the persistence of "racism," The Washington Postcouldn't find space for a story about the attempted mass murder of whites by a New York black man who told police he "was bent on killing as many white people as he could," but it devoted the center of its front page last... Read More
Just over a year ago, in a column about the Confederate Flag controversy in South Carolina, I wrote the following sentences: "... the blunt truth is that racial slavery existed for a far longer time under the American flag than under the brief four years of the Confederacy. If the NAACP denounces the Confederate flag... Read More
In a rare fit of courage, Virginia Gov. James Gilmore last week put his name to a proclamation declaring May to be "European-American Heritage Month," but alas, the fit did not endure. [VDARE note: the Proclamation has now vanished from the gubernatorial website, although Virginia Beer Month and white canes – for the blind –... Read More
Perhaps the most revealing comment about last week's Mississippi referendum that overwhelmingly endorsed keeping the state's 107-year-old flag with a Confederate flag design in it came from the editorial page of the Memphis Commercial Appeal, which supported getting rid of the old flag, the day after Mississippians went to the polls. "The vote also exposed... Read More
To the disgruntlement of Mississippi's business leaders and political establishment, it looks as though the vast majority of the state's voters next week will reject a proposed new state flag that drops the Confederate Battle Flag design of the current one. Depending on which poll you cite, voters favor the current state banner to the... Read More
"I didn't surrender any heritage," Virginia Gov. James Gilmore whined to the press last week after discarding Virginia's annual proclamation of April as "Confederate History Month" and replacing it with a tribute to black as well as white and Union as well as Confederate participants in his state's civil war. If that's what he does... Read More
The great South Carolina battle over the Confederate flag ended last week, not with a bang but -- quite literally -- a whimper. House Majority Leader Richard Quinn, the Republican who led the movement to remove the flag from the capitol dome where it has flown since 1962, actually burst into tears. "My vote was... Read More
Despite Virginia Gov. James Gilmore's bleating about the joys of "diversity," the race warriors of the NAACP in the Old Dominion are doing all they can to bring to Virginia the same racial bitterness they've already injected into South Carolina. Virginia has been more accommodating to black "sensitivities" about its Confederate heritage than any other... Read More
White Southerners who defend the Confederate flag are generally accused of wanting to fight "the war" all over again. In fact, most of them just want to defend the heritage the flag symbolizes, but if it's a war you're looking for, the enemies of the Confederate flag, white as well as black, are eager to... Read More
If there is any columnist in the country that conservative Southerners should pay no attention to, it's George Will, whose Big Government, Union First political philosophy of "statecraft as soulcraft" is the exact opposite of everything Thomas Jefferson, John C. Calhoun and Jefferson Davis fought for. Nevertheless, Mr. Will evidently expects to be attended to... Read More
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Confederate Flag Day, State Capitol, Raleigh, N.C. -- March 3, 2007