11 thoughts on “Bringing Black Confederates to Your Local School

  1. Scott Ledridge April 26, 2016 / 12:01 pm

    Well, it’s a stirring rendition of Dixie.

    I’d bet that Mr. Woodson didn’t have the “black confederate story” in mind when he spoke those words. And I’d bet most of the “black confederate” trumpeters aren’t fans of Black History Month.

    At the start, that sure is a loose interpretation of the definition of “black confederate”.

    • Andy Hall April 26, 2016 / 2:42 pm

      Well, it’s a stirring rendition of Dixie.

      _____

      It’s by Karen Elson with The Secret Sisters, from the album “Divided & United: The Songs of the Civil War.”

    • I was shaken and not stirred by that rendition of “Dixie”.

      But I will openly admit that it may have more to do with that video than with the song or the style of its performance. Of course, I will also admit that I am impenetrable to any performance of that song which seeks to display that particular composition’s merits as a work of art as opposed to its value as rank propaganda.

      Now, if that song had been played over this sequence I likely would have been more taken by it:

  2. Bill Underhill April 26, 2016 / 12:03 pm

    By the definition given here of a Black Confederate, every black man, woman, and child in the Confederacy was one.

  3. Holy crap! There is so much wrong in that video (aside from the ANNOYING music!) that even I, a non-historian, can see it — from weasel-worded text, to ambiguous photographs of Blacks…. I mean, really, are we supposed to think that those person of Africans heritage are Confederate soldiers/conscripts/volunteers??

    You get a flavor of the mendacity right from the start: “Black Confederates” is defined to include women and children. CHILDREN!!?? Really!?

    While the video does show an image of a Black child, are we supposed to think that child is a Confederate?! Notice as well, not a single reference to any Black female Confederates…! But if one is to include women as Black Confederates, one can only wonder what “service” was extracted from THEM in the “Cause”?

    This may sound off, but I don’t think this Black Confederate crap is about “proving” that Blacks fought for the Confederacy so that an argument could be proffered that the Cause was not about enslaving Black human beings, but “protecting home and hearth” (what’s a Yankee supposed to do with a Confederate’s “home and hearth”?). I now think that this stuff is really a roundabout way for neo-Confederates and their fellow travelers to yell “Ni66er!” at African Americans.

    It works like this: If one is to deploy the racist trope of the Negroes’ intellectual inferiority, what better “evidence” of this that one can come up with than the insane idea that Blacks slaves would voluntarily defend the continuance of their very enslavement?

    “See, that’s how dumb they really are so we aren’t racist when we celebrate Confederate Heritage!”

    This is not about neo-Confederates per se; it is actually about Blacks. This is just a novel way that some have found to curse African Americans. Again.

    WTF!

    This African American is now reaching for his Amaretto.

  4. bob carey April 26, 2016 / 2:55 pm

    The video implies that the races were in harmony in their support of the Confederacy. If this is so ,why then was it necessary for the southern states to pass all those “Jim Crow” laws in the post war era?

    • John Foskett April 27, 2016 / 7:09 am

      Probably for the same reason which led them to make it unlawful for slaves to learn reading and writing.

  5. Nancy April 27, 2016 / 11:59 am

    For any individual slave who willingly participated in the Confederate war, two words: Stockholm Syndrome.

  6. Patrick Young May 1, 2016 / 4:54 am

    Using the definition of Black Confederate as any black whose work, voluntary or involuntary, contributed to the Southern war effort, I suppose my friend from Germany was a Jewish Nazi because she performed slave labor that helped the German army during World War II.

  7. Shoshana Bee May 1, 2016 / 9:56 am

    This comment caused a visceral response, Pat. It is good to see the absurdity of the Black Confederate claims illustrated in all their irrational, convoluted glory by another application of their “logic”. Whew. I can only take this in small doses.

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