Some People Don’t Like Ed Ayers

Ed Ayers is a Civil War historian who currently serves as president of the University of Richmond. Most recently he also helped advise the University of Mississippi on how to address its connection with Confederate heritage. Ed’s a southerner by birth, but I guess he’s not a True Southron (TM) in the eyes of some people, given what popped up about him in a recent Facebook thread:
Flaggers Ayers One
Flaggers Ayers Two
Oh my.


24 thoughts on “Some People Don’t Like Ed Ayers

  1. Thelibertylamp September 4, 2014 / 8:10 am

    “Waist oxygen”? Did the lungs move down?

  2. Sandi Saunders September 4, 2014 / 8:14 am

    Speaking of morons…what a bunch of them. Their revisionist history is NEVER going to be accepted outside of the dome. Professor Ayers was spot on to this Virginian with ancestors in the CSA.

  3. OhioGuy September 4, 2014 / 8:16 am

    Emotion over logic is par for the course with these folks. Too bad that their carefully repackaged Lost Cause version of history is in its death throes. It held sway way too long. As I’ve said it was in all the northern textbooks when I was kid growning up in Ohio in the 1950s and ’60s. To coin a phrase, the Lost Cause is now “Gone with the Wind”! 🙂

  4. Andrew Raker September 4, 2014 / 8:23 am

    I’m always amazed at how comfortable these people feel about calling for the deaths of those they dislike, but then I remember that they idolize those who fired the first shots of the war.

  5. khepera420 September 4, 2014 / 8:24 am

    “We need to send this guy to iraq [sic] as a journalist.” With three “likes.” Extremely distasteful and repugnant. Not enough to show no compassion or respect regarding the two recent tragedies. No, we have to wish this horrific death on someone because we’re having a butthurt hissy fit over the fact that not everyone believes our self-serving, sociopathic fairy tale. People like this are un-American. This guy and his ilk actually have more in common with ISIS than they do with anything approaching American values.

    • Brooks D. Simpson September 4, 2014 / 8:39 am

      Clearly they endorse terrorism against American citizens. Then agin, so did the Reconstruction Ku Klux Klan.

  6. Al Mackey September 4, 2014 / 8:32 am

    And the heritage of hatred rolls on. They definitely have what it takes to be neoconfederates.

  7. John Foskett September 4, 2014 / 9:19 am

    Some of those semi-literate posts are of the “u kant reed” variety. You’d get more intelligent responses in a kennel..

  8. Buck Buchanan September 4, 2014 / 10:37 am

    They also show an AMAZING lack of grasp on the morphing of the political parties views over the intervening 120 years teh inception of Jim Crowe Laws. The Democratic Party of 1895 looks nothing like the Democratic Party of 2014. The same can be said of the Republicans.

    Oh well, don’t let the facts get in th eway of a good story.

  9. Rosemary September 4, 2014 / 10:52 am

    Was this sparked by my posting link to video of Dr. Ayers’ speech?
    (I have not read posts… it is all hate and I don’t want to read it… so forgive me if I am asking question that is answered in hate posts copied here.)

    • Rosemary September 4, 2014 / 11:05 am

      I read the posts. It is cause of link to speech, seems like. I feel terrible. I hope he is safe. I am so sorry.

      • Brooks D. Simpson September 4, 2014 / 12:47 pm

        I doubt this had anything to do with you. It’s just how these folks are. It’s not the first time they have wished violence on people with whom they disagree.

        • Rosemary September 4, 2014 / 12:51 pm

          some speak of watching something and the something being long and also they mention monuments… close enough to speech to worry me.. of course i worry about pretty much too much.. thanks for reassurance… Dr. Ayers seems like such a smart, gentle man.

  10. Dan Weinfeld September 4, 2014 / 12:33 pm

    Hey, I like Pete Onuf and Brian Balogh too, but fans can get way too partisan.

  11. Christopher Shelley September 4, 2014 / 1:11 pm

    I often wonder: since slavery was/is based on violence, and since slavery lasted so much longer in the South, is this why post-CW violence seems so much more acceptable and prevalent? Of course, America in general is a rather violent place and has a rather violent history. But from where I sit here in Oregon, many Southerners just seem so much more comfortable with the rhetoric of violence.

  12. C. Meyer September 4, 2014 / 1:21 pm

    I, for one, am glad that they countered his arguments in a rational fashion this time instead of jumping right into the Neo-confederate playbook of name calling with no substance what-so-ever!


  13. Joshism September 4, 2014 / 4:58 pm

    There needs to be a term for the NeoConfederate equivalent of Godwin’s Law i.e. “As a discussion in the Southern Heritage community goes on, the probability of someone being accused of communism approaches 1.”

    • Jimmy Dick September 4, 2014 / 9:29 pm

      The followers of George Wallace can scream communism all day long. The problem is they don’t even know what it is.

  14. Chris Evans September 5, 2014 / 4:18 pm

    These are really sick people. I’ve enjoyed Ayers work over the years. His book on the ‘New South’ was a really positive and enjoyable book on that understudied period. Then to be called these awful things are really cowardly.


  15. Sandi Saunders September 5, 2014 / 5:05 pm

    Even if Professor Ayers was some radical, which he clearly is not, their often malevolent, menacing and threatening rhetoric is offensive to decency. They do this to anyone (myself included and I am nobody) who dares to publicly question their revisionist history, white supremacy, anti-government and secesh message. This is so clearly about hate, not heritage.

  16. Al Mackey September 5, 2014 / 9:03 pm

    Reblogged this on Student of the American Civil War and commented:
    Next time you hear one of these bozos saying, “It’s heritage, not hate,” remember this and remember that their heritage is a heritage of hatred. Some of these people are truly despicable in wishing bodily harm and even death for Professor Ayers, who is truly a wonderful gentleman.

  17. Erik B. Alexander September 11, 2014 / 11:10 pm

    It would be wonderful if some of these folks would actually sit down and read the South Carolina Secession Convention’s declaration of causes, or the same document produced by the Mississippi Secession Convention, or the Confederate Constitution, or some of the early addresses of Jefferson Davis and Alexander Stephens to the Confederate Congress. If they did, they might realize it’s not just these wacko historians who keep harping on “slavery, slavery, slavery.”

    • Jimmy Dick September 12, 2014 / 7:55 am

      Are you kidding? They ignore those documents because they contradict their visions of the past. We’ve got one nutjob over on True Blue Federalist that says the secession docs do not count for anything. They’re locked into their warped version of the past and nothing will change it.

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