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Confederate denialism continues in Hillsborough


Who said there were no more traveling circuses?

One rhetorical showdown involved retired contractor Timothy Blyston of Broadway and a member of the Sons of the Confederacy organization who said he has “hundreds of black friends.” He asserted that the Civil War wasn’t fought over slavery and repeated a slogan visible on many signs: “It’s not hate, it’s heritage. And all lives matter.”

Donning a forward-tilting rebel cap, Blystone approached Russell Bassett, a retired credit manager from Cedar Grove. As their voices rose and their faces drew closer, another protester gently guided them apart. “My great-grandparents were slaves,” Bassett said afterward. “I wouldn’t be an [expletive] and bring my Union outfit. But he’s gonna bring that [rebel cap] and put it in my face?”

I have a sinking feeling these confrontations are only going to get worse, until violence (once again) enters the picture and we're counting the bullet-ridden bodies.

Confederate racism denial journal

Pay no attention to the redneck behind the curtain:

“We’re not here to promote racism. That’s not what the flag is about..."

“The KKK took the flag and made it racist, and that’s not what it’s from..."

"...the people out here don’t look at it as racist. It’s just our ancestry.”

Yes, an ancestry of buying and selling people like cattle, based on the color of their skin and their ancestry. The journal continues:

The Power of Symbols

Symbols evoke emotions. They have a power to evoke images and send messages to our subconscious. They tell us what is important. Think of the crucifix, the Star of David, the swastika. Or the confederate flag. When presented with a symbol often enough, the repetition can influence our actions. Presented repeatedly to a group it becomes part of the collective unconscious, influencing a whole society.

Confederate flags removed from base of memorial in Union County

Union County, NC Confederate Flag

Tuesday afternoon officials in Union County removed multiple Confederate flags from the base of the Civil War Memorial on the grounds of the historic Union County Courthouse. The flags were taken away after Union County Democratic Party Chair Nancy Rorie emailed county officials requesting that the flags be removed.

In her email she wrote:

On symbols of racial hate

I am not much impressed with southern leaders falling all over themselves to remove Confederate flags from public buildings and parks. It is hand-wringing of the most hypocritical sort, providing convenient cover for centuries of institutional racism. Yes, their actions are a welcome shift, but they hardly rise to the level of courage or leadership. The fawning over Nikki Haley in South Carolina is just another side show in a media circus that is looking for drama.

So let's not get distracted by the diversion. America's racial biases go far beyond flags and bumper stickers. They pervade all our institutions, especially the criminal justice system (law enforcement, prisons, drug laws), public school funding, and employment practices.

As I have written on many occasions, we are a country that was built on slavery and genocide. And we have barely begun to remove the knife of racial hatred.

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