12 August 2011 by Published in: Neo-Confederate hooey 6 comments

Brooks Simpson has an excellent post on his blog today titled “Another Version of Southern Heritage” that relates a recent speech by the current president of the neo-Confederate League of the South. The speech features flagrant racism and flagrant calls for violence against the United States government. While I give the speaker credit for being candid, if he is an indication of the prevailing doctrine driving the League of the South and other similar neo-Confederate organizations, then organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center are absolutely correct about the threat they pose. That this ideology is promoted by politicians like Ron Paul makes it even more alarming. Thanks for bringing this to my attention, Brooks.

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  1. Louis Bloom
    Fri 12th Aug 2011 at 2:03 pm

    European Christians only, eh? Apparently Judah Benjamin was not a Southerner.

    I’m not sure which is more shocking, the racist xenophobia expressed, or the denial of historical fact. The claim that bankers are after the Southern middle class is perhaps a bit humorous, but the idea of the Civil Rights Movement as a second Reconstruction is just frightening.

  2. John McGrath
    Fri 12th Aug 2011 at 2:36 pm

    maybe Jeff Davis declared him an “Aryan.”

  3. Rob in CT
    Fri 12th Aug 2011 at 3:48 pm

    “the idea of the Civil Rights Movement as a second Reconstruction is just frightening”

    I dunno, wasn’t black civil rights a core aim of the original (failed) reconstruction? In that sense, yeah, the 20th century civil rights struggles was reconstruction 2.0, this time more successful.

    The positions taken by this guy are obviously repugnant, but I think they have a certain coherence.

    This is why I love free speech, by the way. It allows a cockroach to open his mouth and demonstrate his racism, desire for violence, etc. for all of us to see.

  4. Christ Liebegott
    Sat 13th Aug 2011 at 5:22 pm

    I agree wholly with you and Dr. Simpson on this. But I’m wondering how you link Ron Paul to this groupPerhaps he’s a member?

  5. Lyle Smith
    Sat 13th Aug 2011 at 11:05 pm

    I think the guy’s message is the Klan message, but don’t think he’s a threat. It’s just words.

  6. Bob A.
    Sun 14th Aug 2011 at 12:21 am

    What I find disturbing is Brooks Simpson labelling this as Another Version of Southern Heritage.

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