Connie Chastain on Emmett Till

Sometimes there’s a reason why it’s heritage, not history, with some folks. That’s because they aren’t very good at history.

Take the case of Confederate heritage advocate Connie Chastain. In her recent e-novel, Sweet Southern Boys, Connie combined her interest in white southerners with another one of her preoccupations: false rape accusations (no word on whether she plans to write another story addressing what happened recently in Steubenville, Ohio). I reminded her of the Emmett Till case as another instance of false accusations (in that case the accusations did not involve rape):

For a woman who studies false accusations of sexual behavior, the fact that you can’t see how that links to the Till case suggests that history is indeed a foreign land to you. The difference, of course, is that Till was black, not white … and his case is history, not fantasy fiction.

Connie’s abusive rant in reply showed that she had lost control of her emotions, a conclusion reinforced by a recent vile post on her blog that uses language unsuitable for reproduction here (this from a woman who whines about name-calling and complains that she’s being denigrated). In blocking her reply, I had to omit what she had to say about what I said about Till. However, it’s now worth reprinting in light of her newest tirade, which includes the blocked comment:

Emmett Till was not falsely accused. He came on to a white woman in pre-civil rights Mississippi, and the was brutally murdered for it.

Of course, the facts were a bit more complex than that. But I guess she trusts the accounts of the sweet southern boys who killed Till, who was 14 at the time of his death.

You just keep on defending southern heritage, Connie. Nice graphic.

NOTE: Connie Chastain clearly never actually understood the lyrics of the song she cited in attacking me … such as …

“… ’cause I’m better than you
It’s the way that I move, the things that I do …”

As I’m the “I” in question, perhaps she’s right. After all, she’s never wrong. Just ask her. 🙂

36 thoughts on “Connie Chastain on Emmett Till

  1. Lamar Huffstutler June 8, 2013 / 3:38 pm

    Typical liberal, false history believing response. Believes everything he is taught by liberal lying professors. what a shame to argue something with RACISM. the only thing that comes up in ANY post or blog against Southron values and traditions, that are contrary to liberal permissiveness of perversions of their ilk.

    • Brooks D. Simpson June 8, 2013 / 4:05 pm

      Now if we could only understand what you mean by this comment. Do you have an alternative explanation of Till’s murder? Care to offer it?

      • M.D. Blough June 8, 2013 / 4:41 pm

        Till’s murderers were quite explicit what they did and why and quite proud of it. The only explanation for the acquittal is jury nullification (even pre-Civil Rights Mississippi did not make it legal to kill a black child for whistling at a white woman). BTW, apparently Ms. Chastain did not bother to find out that Emmett Till was born and raised in Chicago, IL (his mother was born in Mississippi but moved with her family to Illinois when she was two) and had been in Mississippi for only 3 days at the time he went with relatives to the store.

        • Waurene Roberson June 10, 2013 / 4:15 pm

          Not only proud of it, M.D. Blough, but some of their relatives in Tallahatchie County (now deceased) used to brag that they were kin to the killers of Emmett Till. I should know (being a distant cousin several times removed and having aforesaid relatives crow to me that WE were kin to these vile men.) Makes a person want to disavow some of their own relatives.

          Anyway, none of this matters in a discussion with Connie, because common sense has nothing to do with most of what Ms. Chastain has to say (as I am sure many, many people will be able to testify).

  2. Corey Meyer June 8, 2013 / 5:49 pm

    What I see as one of the main failures of Connie’s understanding of history is that in many cases…like the South’s secession and the murder of Emmett Till…is that it is these actions that bring about the greatest change in the country. Then she and the other Southern Hystarians cry foul when others claim the south is backwards and behind the times. Amazing.

    • Waurene Roberson June 10, 2013 / 4:18 pm

      Cory, please cut your brush down. As a southerner with some sense and even some sensibilities, I resent being lumped in with “southrons”. The SOUTH is not backwards, but SOUTHRONS are. Thank you.

  3. Mark June 8, 2013 / 6:03 pm

    A few more defenses of “southern heritage” like this might destroy the whole rickety project. Wow.

  4. Buck Buchanan June 8, 2013 / 7:33 pm

    WOW!! I live in rural Virginia and do not see such blatant racism.

    What a terrible existence to be so close minded and cheap.

  5. Michael Confoy June 8, 2013 / 9:17 pm

    Well most southerners seem to also think that Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” is standing up against Neil Young’s “Alabama” and “Southern Man” when it is actually a tongue in cheek laugh at those upset with Neil Young’s two songs.

  6. Nick Hudson June 8, 2013 / 11:56 pm

    I was going to be more charitable and say that Ms. Chastain simply was pointing out that Emmet Till wasn’t accused of rape–he was brutally murdered and thus not relevant to whatever her book is about. However, I then read her blog posts and quickly lost any sympathy when she compared Emmett Till to cases like the murder of Antonio West and apparently thinks that false rape accusations are a huge problem, equal to if not more so than actual rape. So frankly, I don’t care what she meant. I’m sure it was vile.

    • Brooks D. Simpson June 9, 2013 / 12:43 am

      No one said that Emmett Till was accused of rape. The whites involved in his murder, however, made claims about his behavior that are disputed. She took them at face value.

      Chastain excels at being vile. She’s also off on her usual series of obsessive rants salted with bizarre speculations about what makes other people tick. Such is the world of a Confederate hysteria advocate.

      • Jimmy Dick June 9, 2013 / 12:06 pm

        She’s predictable. Most of the Lost Cause crew is extremely predictable in their hysterical ravings. They have a script they follow and it contains the same details for every scenario. Their so called facts have been exposed countless times yet they still spout them over and over again because they have no new facts…because there are no facts proving the Lost Cause. That’s why they rely on the straw man defense in order to divert attention from their flimsy myth.

      • wgdavis June 10, 2013 / 12:25 pm

        Indeed, it is likely that Emmett Till was part of the inspiration for the character Tom Robinson in To Kill a Mockingbird, and the great southern writer William Faulkner expressed his disgust thusly:

        “If the facts as stated in the Look magazine account of the Till affair are correct, this remains: two adults, armed, in the dark, kidnap a fourteen-year-old boy and take him away to frighten him. Instead of which, the fourteen-year-old boy not only refuses to be frightened, but, unarmed, alone, in the dark, so frightens the two armed adults that they must destroy him…. What are we Mississippians afraid of?”

        Some said Till whistled at Mrs. Bryant. Faulkner is correct. What ever were they so very afraid of?

        • Brooks D. Simpson June 10, 2013 / 12:42 pm

          Maybe I should have said “Scottsboro Boys” instead for those folks who are interested in false accusations of rape rather than simply false accusations. After all, the Scottsboro boys were sweet southern boys. But it was Chastain’s remark about Till that suggests her own slant, and I would have left it alone until she drew attention to it on her own blog.

        • M.D. Blough June 10, 2013 / 1:22 pm

          They were afraid of a black male, little more than a child, who refused to be intimidated even under the most terrifying of circumstances. If they couldn’t intimidate a child, what about a grown man (I don’t disparage the role of black women in the Civil Rights movement but it was black males who triggered the sexual fears and insecurities of Southern white men)? Martin Luther King Jr and the Montgomery Bus Boycott had it right. Far more than violent rebellion, which, IMHO, southern whites thought they could handle, the simple NO shook the white power structure, which relied, as it had under slavery, on intimidation to keep blacks in line, to its core.

        • MikeD June 10, 2013 / 1:57 pm

          >What ever were they so very afraid of?

          The same thing people of that type are still afraid of; the erosion of their perceived supremacy as white men. Adding insult to injury was the fact that this was a black male besmirching the flower of southern white womanhood with his “attention.” It didn’t matter that he was a kid. He was black and he was male. There is a species of racism that has always had at its root sexual jealousy, insecurity and fear. It achieved its greatest flowering in the American south and our society still suffers from its repercussions. It is not dead.

  7. MikeD June 9, 2013 / 12:49 am

    Regarding that graphic; filth such as the Chastain entity need to understand that, like it or not, the world will be a better place when all of the white people like her are indeed “gone.” I spit on their graves.

    • josephinesouthern June 9, 2013 / 9:07 pm

      I spit in your face mr dick and the rest of you vile creatures posting here on the vilest of vile brooks spimpson!

      • Brooks D. Simpson June 10, 2013 / 9:22 am

        I’ll simply note that lately you seem to be posting here a good deal, Ms. Bass.

      • wgdavis June 10, 2013 / 10:16 pm

        Goodness! Anyone got a towel?

      • Jimmy Dick June 11, 2013 / 6:39 am

        ” and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32

        Once you begin to look behind the façade of the Lost Cause you realize it is a myth. Those who believe in it are blind to truth and seek to perpetuate a vision of the past that never was. They prefer the myth because the reality is too painful to bear.

  8. John Foskett June 9, 2013 / 7:40 am

    The best thing about Connie is that the veneer is very, very thin. It doesn’t take much for her core values to come barreling out, despite all the spin she tosses around.

    • Brooks D. Simpson June 9, 2013 / 9:35 am

      Her short fuse is easily lit.

      Congratulations to the Eastern Conference champions.

      • John Foskett June 9, 2013 / 12:44 pm

        Thany you, sir. Now we are on to what should be a very entertaining series between two very different teams, starting Wednesday in the Madhouse..

  9. Rob Baker June 9, 2013 / 8:34 am

    You must have really pissed her off Brooks. Her rants are go on and on. As usual rather than answer accusations, she responds by pointing to how white it is where Corey lives etc. etc. Her thin veneer revealed once more I guess, though it isn’t the first time.

    By the way, is it not interesting that Connie proclaims this loud love for the South, yet lives in a state and a town that many Southerners regard as a part of the North, because of the “Snow Bird” population.

    Expect a post from her on the population of Florida soon, with some polls and an argument of semantics over the word “many.”

    • Brooks D. Simpson June 9, 2013 / 9:17 am

      I hope she enjoys her weekend. It is always rewarding to give someone a purpose in life.

    • Jimmy Dick June 9, 2013 / 2:42 pm

      Oh, she lives in Florida? The state that voted Democratic in the last two presidential elections? The state that did not score below 60% for the high quality military recruits? The state that all those southward migrating Northerners are dragging into the 21st century and out of the backward 19th century the rest of the South wants to treasure forever?

  10. Ray Metoyer June 9, 2013 / 8:27 pm

    Saying that Emmett Till came on to a white woman is a huge stretch of the truth. His two cousins who were with him that day, admitted that Emmett whistled at Carolyn Bryant in the Bryant grocery store. The cousins say they think he was showing off to them. But he didn’t touch her and they all ran out of the store after he did it. So Emmett Till was tortured, beaten and murdered for whistling at a white woman and that says a great deal about what some Southerners considered heritage in 1955. The South I live in today, still has some problems, but it’s a much better place in almost every way.

    • Brooks D. Simpson June 10, 2013 / 8:59 am

      I don’t see where it pays to get into a discussion with Connie on anything. She avoids questions, makes insinuations (and then declared them as fact), and, when you grow exasperated with her nonsense, she decides you’re scared of her. In short, she’s boring and predictable, and it’s child’s play to set her off in a tirade where she reveals her barely-concealed ugliness. She’s a very bitter person.

      Watch her blog about this. 🙂

      I think she’s a fine representative of the Confederate Hysteria Movement. No wonder she works with the Virginia Flaggers and is embraced by the leadership of the League of the South.

    • Jimmy Dick June 10, 2013 / 11:02 am

      Note how she advocates secession from Florida now. Apparently she believes that she shouldn’t have to change her views on things when she’s outnumbered or proven to be wrong. I think it is hilarious how she tried to say people moved to the South because they liked Southern values as did a few other people posting here, but now she wants to secede from the rest of the state because of those people changing things in ways she doesn’t like.

      • M.D. Blough June 10, 2013 / 1:14 pm

        I suppose it would be too much to be aware of Article IV, Section 3, Paragraph 1 of the Constitution: “New states may be admitted by the Congress into this union; but no new states shall be formed or erected within the jurisdiction of any other state; nor any state be formed by the junction of two or more states, or parts of states, without the consent of the legislatures of the states concerned as well as of the Congress.” There is an end run around that but it would require the state government of Florida to rebel against the government of the United States after which the would be new state’s leaders set up a provisional Florida state government that is recognized as such by the government of the United States and which agrees to the formation of a new state out of part of the state. This happened exactly once. Even East Tennessee didn’t manage to pull it off during the Civil War.

  11. Jimmy Dick June 10, 2013 / 11:06 am

    Just took a look at the Chastain site. Is it my observation or is there a major lack of posting on her site…like as in no posting from commenters? Would that be indicative of how few people take her seriously?

    • Brooks D. Simpson June 10, 2013 / 11:35 am

      The only time there’s much traffic on her site is when someone else calls attention to it. In truth, Connie can’t generate any traffic on her own, and she’s unable to create any conversation on her own.

      That said, I think we’ve exhausted her amusement value for now (the same goes for Michael Lucas), and it’s time to let such folk stew in their own juices.

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