We’ve all heard it before from defenders of Confederate heritage: slavery wasn’t so bad. Of course, the people who say this are overwhelmingly white people, including descendants of slaveholders (hello, Connie Chastain!).
Some people have also decided that anything Charles Barkley says is worth listening to. We in the Phoenix area know differently. Barkley was a talented, personable basketball player who reminded us that he was not a role model, and with good reason. However, Barkley has decided that because he can comment on NBA games, he can use that forum to comment on everything else under the sun, and to do so in a way that fascinates some people and sparks more than its share of eye-rolling and head-shaking responses.
So when the Round Mound of Rebound decided to agree with Confederate heritage
apologists advocates that slavery might not have been as bad as some people claim, State Senator Hank Sanders of Alabama (D-Selma) had to disagree. The letter’s a welcome reminder of what slavery was all about.
And some of the comments attached to that story remind us that ignorance honed into a belief system is an astonishing thing.