It’s that time of year again, folks, where we count down the most memorable moments in Confederate heritage this calendar year. The list has expanded a bit to a total of fifteen events, although I must admit that after a rather raucous 2013, some of the enumerated events aren’t quite so sensational. Still, there’s something for everyone.
Number 15: Confederate Memorial Day, 2014
We’re always told that Confederate heritage is about nothing more than honoring the service of those men in grey who fought and died for
southern Confederate independence. Then came along this little speech given to honor the Confederate dead.
… my purpose here today is to urge you, to prod you, to do more than merely remember the herculean deeds and heroic struggle of our Confederate ancestors for their liberty and independence. I want you to do your duty to them, yourselves, and your posterity and honour their sacrifices and their memory by becoming what they once were – patriotic Southern nationalists – and by once again taking up and actively working for their Cause, which by right is now OUR Cause – a free and independent Southern Republic.
Just keep talking. That’s all y’all do.
Personally, I find the feeble efforts to promote southern nationalism and independence a mockery of the willingness of real Confederates to do something. The League of the South continues to spew away, but although some of the talk raises eyebrows, it’s still all talk.
Number 14: Billy Bearden’s Interests
Some people consider Billy Bearden, who inspired the creation of the Virginia Flaggers, to be a model example of what a Confederate heritage advocate should be. If that’s true, then let’s recall that in 2014 Bearden advocated violence against a black female judge (his expressed wish was that she be raped) and a gay man (this time he preferred lynching).
Only an idiot would defend such statements … and you can guess which idiot did.
Number 13: Kickstarter or Kickstopper?
Who can forget the glorious Kickstarter campaign to make the children’s book My Brother’s Keeper a reality? After all, who wouldn’t want to read the story of a young black Confederate soldier? Well, for folks interested in raising funds for all sorts of causes (as well as those pesky undocumented “legal defense funds”), the heritage community didn’t turn out in force for this endeavor, and I speculated on why that was so. That post kicked up some whining, but no money, and the project died an unlamented death.
You would have thought that someone with experience in self-publishing could have lent a hand (and maybe even prepared a few dozen book covers), but she was busy “monitoring” blogs to get material for her own screech-a-thon. It would not be the last time she was asleep at the switch.
More soon …