Saturday Night Live!

As we slip into the evening hours, I thought I’d share with you this observation from one Mike Griffith, the moderator of the Yahoo Discussion Group “civilwardebate”:

Many have wondered why God intervened to help the Patriots defeat the British but did not intervene to help the Confederates beat the Yankees. Why didn’t God help the South win its independence?

My theory is that God knew that America would need the South, that America would be a worse place without the South. Without the South, a great deal of harmful legislation would have been passed by Congress, legislation that was either tabled or blocked because of Southern resistance. Without the South, we would have had Hubert Humphrey, Al Gore, and John Kerry. Etc., etc., etc.

I confess I don’t know where to start with this one, but it brought a smile to my face.  For example, what federal legislation was often blocked by southern opposition?  Oh, that’s right, legislation protecting African Americans and the civil rights of Americans. 

Of course, that suggests that God should have let “the South” (meaning the Confederacy) win in the first place, because that would have meant that there would have been no need to protect black equality given the triumph of the Confederacy.

God sure works in inscrutable ways … at least in Mike’s mind.

Then again, millions of southerners would have believed that if anything, God was on their side, and that Confederate defeat delivered them from slavery and Confederate oppression of white Unionists.  That “South” won.

And I thought we had Humphrey, Gore, and Kerry, simply not as president.  Humphrey, for example, was a major crusader for civil rights.  I never knew God was against that.  Must have missed the memo.

Nevertheless, something for all of you to think about this weekend.  After all, “many” have wondered about these issues, according to Mike.  Are you among the “many”?

A Yankee Makes History

We interrupt the usual Civil War banter with breaking news about a Yankee making history …

Derek Jeter reaches 3,000 hits with a home run in the third inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Here it is.

As most of you might know by now, Jeter is the first Yankee to reach 3,000 hits as a Yankee; he is only the second MLB player to do so by hitting a home run (Tampa Bay’s Wade Boggs, a former Yankee, was the first).

Jeter is well known for his meticulous preparation and attention to detail, as we see here:

A few years ago, my daughter Becca and I prepared an essay on Jeter for an encyclopedia on African American icons edited by my colleague and friend, Matthew Whitaker.  Check out page 107 (I took the photograph in question).  So, yes, I’m just doing research.

UPDATE: So what does Jeter do next?  Three more hits (a 5 for 5 day), including driving in the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth as the Yankees beat the Rays, 5-4.  All you can say is that these things happen because he is … Derek Jeter.

More evidence that real life is greater than fiction.