A Black Trump Supporter Embraces the Black Confederate Myth

That’s right. 

As the story says,

Derek Boyd Hankerson is an African American university lecturer, filmmaker, author, and political operative. He’s also a Donald Trump supporter. Pledging his support for Trump last year, Hankerson served as Trump’s Northeast Florida Field Director….

He received his undergraduate degree in Political Science in 1991 from the University of Maryland College Park. In 2007 he earned his Masters in Business Administration from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri.

But he has co-authored a history book, Belonging: The Civil War’s South We Never Knew.  The book makes the astonishing claim that blacks in large numbers fought for the South during the Civil War, a myth advanced by white racist groups that long ago was debunked by historians.

Now, I’m sure some whiny Confederate heritage advocate will claim that this is a way to get at Donald Trump. That in the process they will be defending poor history is something to note. After all, opponents of “political correctness” embrace heritage correctness … and, it seems, they don’t mind what Trump supporters say, regardless of its historical accuracy, because they are invested in what I might call “partisan correctness.”

Actually, as the comments show, I’m just as tired of anyone citing John Stauffer as a reliable source on this subject. We know better.


15 thoughts on “A Black Trump Supporter Embraces the Black Confederate Myth

  1. Shoshana Bee August 9, 2016 / 10:37 am

    I had actually already started a word document before this post, with this quote from the article(I was hoping that someone in the blogosphere would take this article to task):

    Quote: “and Africans were imported because they knew agriculture and how to grow rich cotton and other crops.” The key “Civil War issues are ones we are still fighting today… and include trade, tariffs, states’ rights, and religion.”

    Did the enslaved Africans grow cotton in Africa, so that they were already skilled in this crop??

    Trade, Tariffs, States Rights, and Religion, oh my! (with the Stauffer reference as the cherry on top)….good gawd this IS right out of the Heritage playbook.

    This is getting harder to keep up with: Political Correctness: OUT Heritage Correctness: IN

    I do like the term “Partisan Correctness” as it exempts the devotee from any sort of truth, consistency, education, intelligence…

    • Leo August 10, 2016 / 8:10 am

      I like both “heritage correctness” and “partisan correctness” to describe the historical gymnastics the neo-confederate crowd undertakes to include African-Americans as equals in the confederate army. For all their wailing and gnashing of teeth against “PC” this and “PC” that, those buffoons are blind to their own guilt in the very behavior they say they are against. It just boggles the mind.

  2. Andy Hall August 9, 2016 / 1:23 pm

    I bought this book on Kindle, and it’s quite a ramble. Near the end of “Conclusion, Part 1” (location 1554 of 1711) he gives a brief profile of the career of E. Kirby Smith up to 1861 and ends with, “there is more to know of this black man.”

    Make of that what you will.

    • bob carey August 9, 2016 / 7:04 pm

      Based on your description I would say that Mr. Hankerson thinks that Kirby Smith was a black man. This is quite a leap for those who believe that a sizable number of Blacks fought for the Confederacy, they now have general officers. If this trend continues the Civil War will soon be known as a war between Southern Blacks and Northern Whites with the white southerners standing on the sideline.LOL

        • bob carey August 10, 2016 / 5:10 am

          I saw that statement on West Point over on Kevin Levins’ blog. Maybe Kirby Smith was taking on-line courses.

        • Leo August 10, 2016 / 8:04 am

          There’s a West Point in Mississippi between Columbus and Tupelo. 🙂

  3. rortensie August 9, 2016 / 4:58 pm

    Hey. At least he’s setting the record straight on the establishment of St. Augustine…

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