Race and Reelection, 1864

You might want to travel over here to read about the attempt by Democratic congressman Samuel S. Cox to derail the great railsplitter’s bid for reelection by playing the race card in a particularly lurid way.

No word on whether Cox is related to a certain erstwhile Virginia Flaggers spokesperson. Just substitute “diversity” or “multiculturalism” for “miscegenation.”

Some things never change.


3 thoughts on “Race and Reelection, 1864

  1. Bob Huddleston February 19, 2014 / 1:17 pm

    I used to have a copy of a 1958 reprint of the pamphlet, along, IIRC, with the history of Croly’s humor. A.M. Bloch, _Miscegenation, Melaleukation, and Mr. Lincoln’s Dog_. It is a good read. Lincoln kept his copy of the original in his papers where it rests today.

  2. Mark February 23, 2014 / 5:52 pm

    >> Just substitute “diversity” or “multiculturalism” for “miscegenation.”

    Not quite. Let’s be clear here. There is a right way and a wrong way to do everything. Just take “diversity” as the example, though the same applies to multiculturalism. Those who oppose diversity as an ideology aren’t saying diversity is bad. Who now doesn’t want more people agreeing with them on anything? Anyone? Why do Confederate Romantics constantly assert that black soldiers fought for the Confederacy? Isn’t their counterfactual attempt to do so at least an acknowledgement that they long for the diversity that their ancestors did not? Of course it is.

    So whatever the pose of uber non-partisonship of professor Simpson, he has a political point of view is never as cleverly disguised as he always seems to think. Because diversity now means something in NO way analogous to what miscegenation meant in the past. The definition itself is now changed and those flogging “diversity” now know it well enough, but don’t expect them to tell anyone. They’re hoping to eliminate differing points while no one notices. Win the argument without an argument. The politics of professor Simpson are quite clear enough in his comparison of miscegenation and “diversity”. I didn’t have time to do it in detail at the time, but fortunately someone with a broader perspective has. This broader perspective comes from a classical education that was once considered essential. Not to professor Simpson or his clique of modern educational elites, alas.


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