Heritage Hypocrisy

Over at Virginia Whine Country we’ve been hearing more complaining about political correctness and the bankruptcy of education … but nothing about the news that in Texas, “Five million public school students … will begin using new social studies textbooks this fall based on state academic standards that barely address racial segregation. The state’s guidelines for teaching American history also do not mention the Ku Klux Klan or Jim Crow laws.”

That’s heritage correctness for you. Let’s just take out white supremacy (and insist that to include it is “political correctness” or a sign that one’s “obsessed” with the subject). None of that has any place in a historical narrative shaped by the (self-)righteous demands of heritage correctness.

And when it comes to the Civil War, children are supposed to learn that the conflict was caused by “sectionalism, states’ rights and slavery” — written deliberately in that order to telegraph slavery’s secondary role in driving the conflict, according to some members of the state board of education.

Slavery was a “side issue to the Civil War,” said Pat Hardy, a Republican board member, when the board adopted the standards in 2010. “There would be those who would say the reason for the Civil War was over slavery. No. It was over states’ rights.”

Sure. Like the state right reflected in personal liberty laws that white southerners wanted to strike down in their effort to create a federal bureaucracy to recapture escaped slaves, even if that mean setting aside altogether the rights of the accused or a trial by jury?


Maybe Stonewall taught his slaves that, too.

It’s not as if Confederate heritage advocates are not aware of what happens in Texas when it comes to the removal of Confederate statues at college campuses. Oh, that’s horrible. But when it comes to other distortions of history that favor their version of historical correctness?


Face it: Confederate heritage correctness is nothing more than political correctness as embraced by white supremacists, Confederate apologists, and the wonderfully ignorant. And its advocates are proud of it.



18 thoughts on “Heritage Hypocrisy

  1. Jimmy Dick September 1, 2016 / 4:02 pm

    Face it: Confederate heritage correctness is nothing more than political correctness as embraced by white supremacists, Confederate apologists, and the wonderfully ignorant. And its advocates are proud of it.

    That is exactly what Confederate heritage is.

    The best part is that the heritage loons are failing in every aspect of their desperate attempts to prop up their lies with more lies and waving a symbol of treason and racism.

  2. Leo September 2, 2016 / 6:02 am

    The proponents of confederate-correctness are generally harmless until they get into a position of power. Just look at the damage Governor Phil Bryant of Mississippi has done as an example. Pat Hardy is going to do a great deal of damage to Texas school children and by extension continue damaging race relations in Texas among other things.

    Isolate these fools on some street corner protesting a perceived slight against their “heritage” and it’s a circus. Give them power and they can do real harm to society.

  3. Kristoffer September 2, 2016 / 7:04 am

    Also, the link you tried to insert into the blog post isn’t working. Sorry I don’t have anything better to say that hasn’t already been said by the other commenters.

      • Kristoffer September 2, 2016 / 11:46 am

        It’s working now. 🙂

    • Shoshana Bee September 2, 2016 / 8:25 pm

      Don’t. Get. Me. Started! (my uncle and I were part of a letter writing/email campaign to ‘encourage’ the district to abandon such nonsense)

    • TF Smith September 3, 2016 / 9:19 am

      Hyperbole much? The incident you are referring to was in one school district (Rialto) of the more than 1,000 districts and district-level education agencies in the state of California, it occurred in 2014, and the assignment was revised appropriately when it came to the attention of the district administration and the public.

      Say what you wish about California public school standards (and many with no connections to California public schools often do; it’s a cottage industry aKong one element of the political spectrum) they do not promote Holocaust denial.

      And Texas has its own issues, of course.


  4. rcocean September 2, 2016 / 6:22 pm

    I wouldn’t say “Slavery was a side issue”. But the North really went to war to “Save the Union”.
    Slavery caused Secession and the hatred between the two regions, but men like Grant and Sherman did NOT go war in 1861 to end slavery. Later, like most of the North, they decided that as Grant put it (IRRC) the South and North could never live in peace as a united nation unless Slavery was destroyed. BTW, even the EP would have allowed the South to keep their slaves if they’d come back into the Union before 1 Jan 1863.

    • John Foskett September 4, 2016 / 8:35 am

      Yeah, the EP would have done that – for the moment. And nobody (i.e., Lincoln) thought that was realistic anyway. It was more of a sop to the border states. The institution was headed for ultimate oblivion regardless of some tactical tinkering in the EP.

  5. bob carey September 3, 2016 / 7:00 am

    Confederate political correctness is nothing more than mythology. The current version of the myth has the “black confederate” twist. The denial of the truth has gotten to the point where Jeff Davis and the other leaders of the actually Confederacy wouldn’t recognize themselves.
    Just as the formation of the Confederacy hastened the demise of slavery we can hope that these current beliefs held by the Confederate political correctness types will hasten the demise of the “Lost Cause Myth”.

  6. John Foskett September 3, 2016 / 9:15 am

    Texas has always left the decision-making on textbooks in the hands of the uneducated. You’d get a more reliable assessment of appropriate, accurate content by tossing the options into the baboon cage and getting the residents to stop flinging feces long enough to squat on one.

    • Andy Hall September 3, 2016 / 10:03 am

      Texas is a mess in terms of curriculum standards established at the state level. But what really matters is what happens in the classroom, and there’s no way to characterize that effectively on a large scale. I discovered that with my own kid, when she got to the end of eighth grade American history. Her teacher was very conscientious and capable, but it was the end of the school year and she was burned out. So she dropped in a videotape of Gone with the Wind and the kids ended the year with that bit of foolishness, all fourteen hours (or whatever) of it. I would have been more upset about that had it not been for the fact that the kids apparently got nothing at all out of the film, because they couldn’t get past the fact that one of the male characters was named Ashley.

      • John Foskett September 4, 2016 / 8:32 am

        I know someone who has worked for a large publisher of text books and who has some stories about efforts by teachers to undo the censorship stupidity in Texas which is exercised by the troglodytes making editorial decisions.

        • Jimmy Dick September 4, 2016 / 9:41 am

          Just use a Magic Marker, cross out the lies, and write in the margin: The American Civil War was caused by slavery.

          I open up my class by saying we use facts to develop history. If anyone can bring factual evidence to prove that slavery was not the cause of the Civil War then I will use those facts. So far nobody has been able to do so. I see opinions, but no facts to support those opinions.

          I think Texas needs to get David Barton and other fools off their education boards and let historians create the textbooks. It won’t happen because the GOP in Texas is determined to control education in the state and that means lying to people in order to support their political ideology. However, the day of reckoning for the GOP is coming in Texas. One day the GOP won’t be able to maintain control of the state and their lies will be exposed for the propaganda it is.

  7. Milo September 5, 2016 / 10:58 am

    The article you cite is more than a year old. During the past year have you read the applicable text book? Can you verify that it minimizes slavary and racial discrimination in the history of Texas?

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