My Confederate Heritage Fans

Every once in a while an advocate of Confederate heritage, usually (although not always) from Virginia, decides to share with the online world their opinion of me (somehow these people never confront me directly face to face, even when they claim afterwards that they were there … not exactly a tribute to Confederate courage). What follows is fairly typical, and in many ways representative, of what some folks think of me.

Brooks Simpson, another Yankee Miscreant and troublemaker

Brooks Simpson, as he has done for years, writes all sorts of blogs, a book, and otherwise adds trash to the world. This man who has rambled around from pillar to post, cannot find happiness in the truth about the South, Southern people, and the unjust war designed solely to stop Southern Independence, Independence from his ancestors, Northern miscreants, thieves, liars, and a power hungry Abraham Lincoln, who wanted more than anything to achieve an all powerful central government, and to end the lawful states rights of the South. Yes, Brooks has tried, he attempted to write about Lincoln in a good light, just as others have portrayed the greatness of Adolph Hitler. You see, Hitler learned from Lincoln, not the other way around. Lincoln was not a man of peace, but an opportunist who wanted power. He disliked black people, DID YOU ALL GET THIS, ABRAHAM LINCOLN DID NOT LIKE BLACK PEOPLE, HE WANTED THEM REMOVED FROM THE UNITED STATES IF HE COULD FIND A MEANS TO DO SO, THIS IS THE REAL ABRAHAM LINCOLN. Now after witnessing the awful history of the majority of blacks in America, seeing how little the majority of them have progressed in society and have demonstrated little sign of ambition, or interest in progress, civility, and an appreciation of law and order, i can understand why Lincoln wanted them gone. Simpson you may write this as how I see the majority, Majority, of not only America’s blacks, but of the world’s blacks, as this apparent genetic trait has been so demonstrated since records have existed, so Lincoln was right in his desire to have them gone, and I am sure you do too.

In addition to the manner of most blacks, again, not all blacks, we also have in America the Liberal, left leaning, liars, the miscreants, the Marxist’s and political correct supporters of Socialism, and all other anti Christian and evil views and ideas that are directly in opposition to God and what is good and right. Simpson, Andy Hall, and a whole group of mostly Northern born miscreants whom are so poisoned with the knowledge of what the North did in their animal like, greedy overbearing desire for power and riches as they invaded the South in 1861. They cannot defend what these barbarian ancestors of theirs did, or how they too did hated blacks, but just a Hillary and the Democratic party in America today, they too, do not like blacks, but act as if they do so as to keep the blacks voting for democrats, and thereby allowing them (democrats) to stay in power. But again, deep down, Simpson, his followers and kin folks, are poisoned genetically, and today are ashamed of their Northern ancestors actions and ways, and want to erase this by spreading lies about the South and the Southern people of the past and the present.

The BIG LIE IS THAT DEMOCRATS, INCLUDING HILLARY AND THE LIBERAL LIARS DO NOT LIKE BLACKS, THEY SIMPLY USE BLACKS FOR THEIR OWN POWER, AND ANOTHER FACT IS THAT PEOPLE LIKE YOU, BROOKS SIMPSON, ATTACK OTHERS IN THE SOUTH WITH YOUR HATRED, IS BECAUSE WE, ANCESTORS OF GOOD AND HONORABLE SOUTHERN PEOPLE, DEMONSTRATE THE TRUTH ABOUT LINCOLN, THE TRUTH ABOUT THE UNLAWFUL, BARBARIC, UNCIVIL, ACT’S THAT LINCOLN AND THE YANKEE ARMY AND YOUR PEOPLE, THOSE WHO INVADED THE SOUTH, THOSE WHO BURNED THE HOMES OF CIVILIAN NON COM-COMBATANT’S, THOSE WHO LOOTED THE PERSONAL VALUABLES FROM THE INNOCENT SOUTHERN PEOPLE, AND THE YANKEES WHO BURNED THEIR CROPS, BARNS, STABLES, WRECKED THEIR FARM EQUIPMENT, RAPED THEIR WOMEN, BURNED THEIR WAREHOUSES, MILLS, AND PLACES WHERE THEY OBTAINED FOOD TO EAT, YANKEE’S WHO SHELLED CITIES FILLED WITH WOMEN AND CHILDREN, AND KILLED MANY THOUSANDS OF NON COMBATANTS, AND WHO WERE THE CAUSE OF MORE THAN 600,000 DEATHS AND INJURIES, AND THEN AND NOW USE SLAVERY AS A COVER-UP REASON FOR WHAT THEY DID TO THE SOUTH AND TO THE SOUTHERN PEOPLE, WHICH WE ALL KNOW THAT THIS IS A LIE, JUST AN EXCUSE FOR LINCOLN AND YANKEES TODAY. SO, BROOKS SIMPSON, ANDY ” and all the little follower ” HALL, and the other morons whom I will not waste the effort to name, as they are ZERO’S in every respect, all follow Brooks Simpson, as he is the man in their eyes. The author of BULLSHIT, the point of attack on the Virginia Flagger’s, whom I SUPPORT 100%. SIMPSON, AND ALL THESE LEFT WING PUSSY’S SAID WE WOULD NOT SUCCEED IN GETTING CONFEDERATE FLAGS RAISED, WELL DICKHEADS, MANY ARE FLYING AND MORE FLAGS ARE BEING PREPARED TO GO UP, SO YOU AND ALL OF AMERICA WILL SEE THEM. Yes, Simpson and his moron followers hate having the spotlight of truth concerning the facts, the reasons and the causes for The War For Southern Independence told. Imagine a group of American states, who got so unhappy with the Federal government’s dishonest, illegal actions toward them, that they desired to stop being a part of it. That was what happened, as the corrupt Northern leaders, the greedy businessmen and politicians, were stealing from the Southern states, and treating them unlawfully as they taxed, and stole from them. So in making this new nation separate from the YANKEE MISCREANT DEVIL’S, they were attacked and killed, robbed, raped, and harmed in every manner.

So here in 2016, as the great grandsons of the yankee animals, continue the same greedy dishonest practice as their ancestors once did, to lie, to attack the South and Southern groups and individuals in a new manner, to support the actions of some who deface Southern leaders and monuments, to lie about our Southern people and the facts about the war Lincoln led against the South, and now these grandsons of Northern Pissant thieves, arsonist’s, robbers, rapist’s and murderer’s want to try to make their actions seem just, but in all of the world and for all times past, and future, this can never be accomplished, as it is what it was, an EVIL ACT, BY EVIL PEOPLE, BEGINNING WITH ABRAHAM LINCOLN WHO IS TODAY ALONG WITH ADOLPH HITLER AND OTHERS IN A BURNING HELL WHERE HE AND ALL LIKE THEM WILL APPROPRIATELY END UP.

I think someone’s upset. But I do appreciate the admission of the writer that he believes black people are inherently inferior to white people. Not all of the people who share that belief are so candid.

One correction of fact concerning yours truly: I never said the Virginia Flaggers (or any other Confederate heritage group) would not succeed in raising Confederate flags on privately-owned land. In fact, I pointed out that this was one area where they could guarantee being successful (especially when the folks providing the land share the racial attitudes of the author of this piece, as is clearly the case in two instances). Whether such actions have made any difference is another question altogether, given the failures of Confederate heritage advocates elsewhere.


83 thoughts on “My Confederate Heritage Fans

  1. Jimmy Dick December 17, 2016 / 9:09 pm

    Dunford is a one trick pony with a caps lock button problem. I have yet to see him come up with any credible proof to back up any of his claims. His rantsite is pretty lame and is the perfect way to show someone that today’s neo-confederates are really just using the past to prop up their modern political ideology.

    In Dunford’s case that ideology is white nationalism.

  2. OhioGuy December 17, 2016 / 9:10 pm

    You are known by the enemies you make. This man is, therefore, a feather in your cap. I would be honored if he hated me, too!

  3. Bill Underhill December 17, 2016 / 9:18 pm

    I quit reading about half way down. With the usual insane stream of consciousness, we sure know what and who the writer hates. Me and about 80% of fellow Americans. I was wondering what grade I would give the author on his or her use of the English language. I would probably run out of red ink.

  4. Jon December 17, 2016 / 9:37 pm

    What a sad, sad little man. All of that is, of course,completely untrue. Those Lost Causers will lie about anything to try to take the heat of them and the Confederacy. The facts always win in the end.

  5. Scott Ledridge December 17, 2016 / 10:05 pm

    How would Lincoln learn from Hitler?

    I don’t think this guy has thought much of anything out. But, he sure has his colloquialisms down.

    • Kristoffer December 18, 2016 / 6:29 pm

      Actually, he said “You see, Hitler learned from Lincoln, not the other way around.” Still, how would Hitler learn from Lincoln?

      • Scott Ledridge December 21, 2016 / 1:50 am

        “not the other way around” – That’s what I’m questioning. Who has ever made that query?

        He seems like a person that speaks in colloquialisms because it matches a character he’s trying to portray, more than he’s trying to make any sense.

        • Nightflyer December 21, 2016 / 12:03 pm

          Well, you know, Hitler had that time machine, at the South Pole base where he tested UFOs, according to Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel…

  6. Sandi Saunders December 18, 2016 / 8:25 am

    It never fails to amaze me how utterly lacking in integrity and how pitifully lacking in self-reflection the Southern conservative hater is.

    As if the neo-confederate realm adds no trash to the world? As if people like this man have not rambled around from forum to forum, but clearly cannot find happiness in that realm so they lash out at others for daring to tell the truth about the South, Southern people, and the criminal rebellion designed solely to create a Southern Slave Republic within our sovereign nation?

    As if they do not have among them clearly and demonstrably Southern miscreants, thieves, liars, and a power hungry “leadership” ALWAYS seeking to undermine documented history and the true American story? As if they know Abraham Lincoln so much better and more in depth than any of Lincoln’s biographers? As if they know history better and more fully than well educated and research hungry historians? What sad piddle they offer. Get beyond the petty insults and their right-wing fed white supremacist anger and they have…nothing. Nothing to add, nothing to admire, nothing to respect. Nothing.

    Hitler clearly did not learn from Lincoln, but he could easily have learned from Jefferson Davis, Alexander Stephens, William L. Yancey, John C. Calhoun, et al. They wrote the playbook for ginning up enough of a nation to make stupid war. These are the people who wanted undiluted power and set about to have it. They still do.

    The arrogance of the ignorance he has displayed is staggering. People like that have no place in society, not even in Trump’s America. All they have is their hate and their ridiculous dying “beliefs”.

    • Andy Hall December 18, 2016 / 1:33 pm

      “It never fails to amaze me how utterly lacking in integrity and how pitifully lacking in self-reflection the Southern conservative hater is.”

      A big part of Confederate Heritage “defense” is depicting people they disagree with as outlandish, cartoon-like villains. It’s not enough to say, “So-and-so is wrong because. . . .” That leaves open the possibility that the reader will actually pay attention and consider what the other person says. It’s much easier (and probably more fun) to just make some wild ass claim about not only how wrong they are, but they are actually evil, and to make disputes over Confederate iconography into an existential struggle for survival.

      This weekend the City of Homer, Louisiana held its annual Christmas parade. The city had informed the local SCV camp that they would not be allowed to take Confederate flags in the parade with them. They didn’t like that, so the mayor of Homer has become the target of (yet another) Facebook meme. Of course, his picture from the City of Homer website wasn’t sufficiently inflammatory, so they decided to add a hammer and sickle badge to his shirt with Photoshop, just so no one could doubt what his supposedly political leanings were. This meme isn’t just being circulated by private individuals, but also by the SCV’s Louisiana Division itself — it’s a tactic promoted by the state organization.

      It’s this sort of foolishness that burns away any sympathy I might have with these folks, because they will literally do and say almost anything, refusing to be bound by quaint, outdated ideas about being truthful and reasonable. These are the defenders of “Southron Honor.”

      • Nightflyer February 17, 2017 / 9:36 am

        DW Griffith did that very thing in “Birth of A Nation.”

    • OhioGuy December 18, 2016 / 11:17 pm

      “Hitler clearly did not learn from Lincoln, but he could easily have learned from Jefferson Davis, Alexander Stephens, William L. Yancey, John C. Calhoun, et al.”

      Good call!

  7. Kristoffer December 18, 2016 / 10:27 am

    All wrong. Just all wrong. And Hitler’s first name is spelled “Adolf”.

  8. bob carey December 18, 2016 / 6:25 pm

    Although I have read several of these diatribes about Lincoln and other Lefties, this is the first time that I seen a man accuse Dr. Simpson of being directly opposed to God. To me, that’s a new one. We are entering the realm of the supernatural, whoever this guy is, he apparently knows what God is thinking.

    • OhioGuy December 18, 2016 / 11:27 pm

      Not to open another debate, but I hardly call Lincoln a lefty. He was quite whiggish. He was really more of a compassionate conservative who had a very strong bent toward Constitutional conservativism. Eric Foner explains this very well in Fiery Trial, as he shows how conflicted Abe was about his personal views on slavery and his Constitutional duties as president to preserve it. No lefty would have had these reservations and this internal turmoil.

      • Shoshana Bee December 19, 2016 / 10:58 am

        “how conflicted Abe was about his personal views on slavery and his Constitutional duties as president to preserve it. No lefty would have had these reservations and this internal turmoil”


        Not wishing to detract from the warm & fuzzy discussion at hand, but as I am involved with a couple of discussions involving Lincoln & slavery, I had a couple of comments about this quote.

        1. In numerous letters — particularly one to Horace Greeley, Lincoln states clearly what his priority is: to save the Union. HIs personal views about slavery come second.

        2. Left, Right, or Center, aggressive action by Lincoln for the purpose of abolishing slavery, would have certainly accelerated the dissolution of the Union — particularly for the undecided upper states.

        Two quotes from the Horace Greeley Letter:

        * My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy

        *I have here stated my purpose according to my view of official duty; and I intend no modification of my oft-expressed personal wish that all men every where could be free.

        • OhioGuy December 19, 2016 / 9:52 pm

          You’ve accurately summarized the Greeley letter. I believe it is good evidence of exactly the point I was making.

          Lincoln had his personal views, probably formed in part from his trip to Louisiana as a young man where he saw slaves in chains and otherwise abused, and then he had the Constitutional support of the institution and, as you say, northern public opinion. Too all of this he acted very cautiously and very and slowly.

          It was only when he came to the realization that in wartime the president had powers to end slavery in ways that he would not have had in peacetime that he began to act to abolish it. And, then with the EP he only abolished it (with a few exceptions) in areas not controlled by the Union. In all of these decisions and actions he was very concerned that he stay true to the Constitution. Foner, IMHO, paints Lincoln as what today would be called a strict constructionist of the Constitution — a conservative position.

    • bob carey December 19, 2016 / 12:46 pm

      It was an attempt, albeit not a good one, at sarcasm. I think the idiot who wrote the “essay” tries to identify Lincoln as a Liberal before he settles in on Lincoln being the original nazi.

      • OhioGuy December 19, 2016 / 9:56 pm

        Okay. I can see that now. I dish out a lot of sarcasm myself so I ought to be better at spotting it. 😉

  9. Robert Hilliard December 19, 2016 / 7:00 am

    Wow. That escalated quickly.

    He (although perhaps I shouldn’t presume this was a male) started on the very narrowest edge of reason and then took a full running leap into Insanity Canyon. By the end of it, I could fairly hear the spittle frothing onto the keyboard.

    Out of all that mess, I latched into this little gem: “They cannot defend what these barbarian ancestors of theirs did.” Now, which side were we talking about again?

    As other comments above noted, perhaps posts like this will serve as one more nail in the coffin of willfully ignorant knuckleheads like this one. Certainly, no one who is so completely vexed by simple apostrophe usage can be taken seriously in any way. At least one would hope.

    A Yankee Miscreant Devil

    • OhioGuy December 19, 2016 / 8:20 am

      Good points, Robert!

      From a proud descendant of several of Sherman’s boys. There used to be an organization called Sons of the March to the Sea. I think it’s time to revive it as a rational counterpunch to guys like this.

      • bob ruth December 24, 2016 / 9:59 am

        Dear Ohio Guy:

        As a fellow Buckeye, I believe Sherman made only one mistake in his March to the Sea and his later march through the Carolinas. He didn’t burn enough.

    • Andy Hall December 19, 2016 / 5:32 pm

      If this particular blogger has one virtue, it’s that he is amazingly consistent. He’s been at it for almost 3 years, with scores and scores of posts. But if you pick any three at random, you might as well have read all of them; his post about Brooks above pretty well captures the entire breadth and depth of his views. Deliberation and nuance are not his strongest suits.

  10. Joshism December 19, 2016 / 7:38 pm

    Did that diatribe miss any ultra Neo-Confederate tropes? Lincoln as a tyrant is an old one, but Lincoln as proto-Hitler is a new one by me. I’m surprised he didn’t praise the KKK and Dylan Roof.

    • Jimmy Dick December 20, 2016 / 9:40 am

      Dunford just needs a scapegoat for the ignorance of the slave owners in revolting against the US. Since Lincoln was the POTUS during the conflict, he chooses to blame Lincoln instead of the people that actually chose secession and war. Dunford refuses to use facts because it would conflict with his ideology as well as the reason for his self-admitted self-loathing.

      • Shoshana Bee December 20, 2016 / 10:49 am

        Self-loathing. Nailed. My initial and only reaction was that Dunford reminded me of a jealous toddler stomping his feet and hollering “I Hate you, I Hate you!!”. Someone needs find his blanket, and give him a time-out, so he can stop embarrassing himself.

        • Nightflyer December 27, 2016 / 10:05 am

          And take away his crayons…

  11. Mousy Tongue December 20, 2016 / 1:43 pm

    This Simpson character sounds awful!!!!! As bad as Goad Gatsby, or possibly worse? I cannot decide.

  12. Nightflyer December 20, 2016 / 2:22 pm

    I’m just amazed at how this guy thinks he’s part of the “Master Race,” but he’s unable to master the master race’s master language.

    So how far DID he get in middle school?

    • bob ruth December 24, 2016 / 10:04 am

      Dear Nightflyer:

      Are you sure this guy made it to middle school? It looks to me like he never made it out of the sixth grade (which would qualify him to be a member of the Texas Board of Education).

      • Nightflyer December 27, 2016 / 10:04 am

        Hmm…you’re probably right, there. I’m just amazed he could master a typewriter keyboard — he writes more like he’s better in crayon…

  13. RB December 27, 2016 / 12:00 pm

    Well seeing as to how the typical holier-than-thou liberals who post here tend to plaster other forums with “white privilege” and “take it down” postings (namely Al Mackey, lovingly known as “cash” in other quarters). Or Bee, the “activist historian”. Or others such as Laqueesha, a noted liberal user who kisses up to far leftist mods on, or noted socialists like AndyHall.

    I think this is a fair tradeoff. I mean after all, we never got to hear the end of it when the Battle Flag was shamed off South Carolina’s war memorial, or the Dukes of Hazzard removed, but God forbid the pendulum swung the other way in places like in the case of Mississippi’s state flag being retained (and don’t kid yourselves, it’s going to stay for a long time), or Forrest’s grave being denied removal, or hell, Trump winning fair and square evoked the same type of response response. So some twit having at you on the internet is great for the troll points, and this dude being referenced in the article doesn’t have much of a point, but the lot of you are no better.

    So those of us who do own and fly Confederate flags, but don’t espouse “Lost Causer” ideology and are total stiffs about preserving history as-is, still get lumped in with guys like this one in the article because we are by default “racist” or “traitors” or whatever twitter hashtag we should feel in this current half hour.

      • RB December 28, 2016 / 9:22 am

        As the answer I expected from you.

        Of course, you’re probably the type who would snicker at someone trying to burn down things like the Confederate Memorial Hall Museum in New Orleans, because somebody did try burning it down the night after the election because they were “hurt” by the results.

        Obama’s America is rightfully being erased for the mistake that it was, and every Republican who jumped in with the “Take it Down” crowd got rightfully humiliated, Haley especially, and your anointed First Woman President on top of it, and the lot of you smug campus culture SJW’s are just gonna have to deal with it. Because we’re at the helm again and there is going to be a big housecleaning.

        And have a Happy New Year Mr. Simpson, as well as your friends Mr. Levin and Mr. Dick, I’m sure mine will be quite more enjoyable than yours, and theirs.

          • RB December 28, 2016 / 4:59 pm

            Well what can I say?

            I am a product of your History Department.

            Arizona State University, Class of 2014.

          • Brooks D. Simpson December 28, 2016 / 8:49 pm

            Except I’m not a member of the history department at ASU.

            Maybe you are a product of the online degree program. Idaho’s a long way away.

            Oh well. No wonder you’re scared to post under your name. The sense of shame must be immense.

          • RB December 29, 2016 / 12:44 pm

            Nah sir.

            Rural Arizona. About 3 hours from Phoeenix. Almost to the New Mexico line.

            The part that you folk in the valley aren’t aware exists.

        • OhioGuy December 28, 2016 / 2:19 pm

          Republicans took down the flag of treason and they’ll keep it down. You are most assuredly not back in charge. Watch it, or you may be part of the house cleaning. I think you’ve been smoking a little too much weed. I didn’t know it was legal in South Carolina. As a law and order guy, you wouldn’t break the law would you?

          BTW, I support all Confederate Museums, and believe that’s the appropriate place for the CBF.

          • RB December 28, 2016 / 4:59 pm

            Oh how cute. The usual Treason tripe. Seeing as how our very country was built on the act of treason, and hell, your own avatar is a flag of treason in some circles. After all, it is a big middle finger to Her Majesty’s crown. Same counts for the state flags of Virginia, South Carolina, Louisiana and Texas. Since the Confederates used them extensively during the war too.

            Double-triggered when it comes to Texas, after all, look as to why they broke off from Mexico.

            OhioGuy, bud. I went to school, and attended classes in Mr. Simpson’s own History Department at Arizona State. I’m an Arizona native who’s Civil War ancestors hailed from Texas. A state that never buckled in last year’s little charade, fate would have it I’m moving to Mississippi/Tennessee this year. South Carolina is a panderer’s state. Too many transplants too. 10 years back there was a cheeky site based in SC called “GoBackToOhio”, bemusing the transplants. It was an entertaining read.

            I don’t smoke anything. I hardly ever drink. I’m pretty clean living.

            Mississippi’s flag isn’t going anywhere. You try and try, pressure the liberal universities, pressure some of the bigger towns (oh yeah because conservative Tupelo would pull a Clarksdale or an Oxford) and still failed to change the state flag against the MS voter’s wishes. But, that’s for the good voters there to decide. And you are going to lose and lose again in Mississippi, But, guys like you would hate for that to happen. It breaks the narrative.

            After all, you’re on the “right side of history” that’s what this whole last 2 years have been about. Well, Trump’s election is a total repudiation of that. And hey, someone tried burning down a Confederate museum in New Orleans after Trump won. So much for that “Put it in a museum” talk.

            So I’m glad to raise your hackles good sir

          • Kristoffer December 29, 2016 / 10:09 am

            RB, our country wasn’t built on an act of treason against itself. There is the difference.

    • Jimmy Dick December 28, 2016 / 8:07 am

      You need to look no further than this post by RB (note the anonymity) for proof that it is about his or her modern political ideology and not actual history. Note that once again, no facts were provided to support an opinion.

      • Shoshana Bee December 28, 2016 / 11:44 am

        These whiners are birds of a feather.

      • RB December 28, 2016 / 5:07 pm

        Name still suits you Jim.

        • OhioGuy December 28, 2016 / 10:04 pm

          RB, the rebels of 1776 won and were fighting for a noble cause. Therefore, they are patriots. The rebels of 1861 lost and were fighting for the worst cause for which men ever fought, to quote one great historian. Therefore, they were traitors to the very government they had help to form in ’89. They had pledged their sacred honor to the USA, but opted instead to rebel against it to prop up their slaveocracy.

          I really haven’t followed the Mississippi flag situation very closely at all. But I do know that the CBF is no longer welcome at Ole Miss games. I think that’s very appropriate.

          BTW, the avatar is the national colors of the 78th Ohio Veteran Volunteer Infantry. That very flag proudly marched through Georgia to the sea and through the Carolinas with Uncle Billy, then onto the Grand Review in Washington, D.C. Read more about the regiment’s glorious deeds in crushing the rebellion at: http;//

          • Kristoffer December 29, 2016 / 10:11 am

            Also, the rebels of 1776 weren’t committing treason against their own nation, for they were committing treason against the British Empire.

          • RB December 29, 2016 / 12:43 pm

            My ancestor served in the 2nd Texas Cavalry in the Trans-Mississippi. Under colorful characters like Henry H. Sibley (with all the alcoholism) Richard Taylor, Thomas Green, John Bayor and Sherod Hunter.

            I got a book about Sherod Hunter for Christmas. Maybe if you got off your holy high horse, you could read about a frontiersman who doesn’t fit our PC mold. Another book I like is one of Granbury’s Texas Brigade, the brigade that my grandmother’s two great-great uncles served in, which resisted at Atlanta. Led by the indelible Cleburne.

            Ole Miss has been pulling a few Mizzou’s over the years. The only thing that the PC gestapo at Ole Miss has these days is a foofy-haired kid named “Allen Coon”.

            But the state flag is a different monster, and the change crowd is still the stark minority.

          • bob carey December 29, 2016 / 2:38 pm

            RB appears to be proud of Texas, but I agree with your fellow Ohioan Phil Sheridan, ” If I owned both Hell and Texas, I’ll rent out Texas and live in Hell”.

          • Nightflyer December 30, 2016 / 9:51 am

            One thing that did happen at Ole Miss is that they got rid of their old mascot, “Colonel Rebel,” a Southern planter with Colonel Sanders suit and beard, who wore a hat appropriate to the game (unless it was basketball, when he’d wear a planter hat), with a guy in a Mississippi Black Bear suit, which is less blatantly racist, one of the state’s official animals, and presumably represents generic toughness and competitiveness. I think only ants (and other foods bears eat) would be insulted.

          • RB December 30, 2016 / 12:29 pm


            Colonel Reb is actually still pretty popular on campus, the Bear (or BearShark as it’s commonly mocked in the SEC, because of the Landshark salute) is very well hated on the sidelines.

        • Jimmy Dick December 28, 2016 / 10:06 pm

          Just as cowardice and ignorance suit you.

          • RB December 29, 2016 / 12:36 pm

            Well hey. You’re clever Mr. Dick.

    • Al Mackey December 30, 2016 / 1:54 pm

      Nice to see I’m so popular among the idiotocracy. So, “RB,” have you figured out white privilege yet? As I told you before, you have the privilege to be ignorant of how privileged you really are.

      • Shoshana Bee December 30, 2016 / 6:08 pm

        the Kid is too busy looking around at others to blame or insult, thus, he has not found his way out of the paper bag, yet. Only goes to show that education is only part of the equation if one is to be an intelligent, productive part of this society.

      • Kristoffer December 31, 2016 / 9:13 am

        But that raises the question of what you know about him. For all you know, he could be making half your salary, have chronic health problems, etc. In a relative sense, is he privileged then?

        • Al Mackey December 31, 2016 / 4:47 pm

          He’s a fairly recent university graduate who doesn’t have to worry about the police pulling him over because of his color, isn’t considered an automatic suspect because of his color, probably won’t be shot by police because he looked threatening, won’t be followed around a store by employees because he looks like a thief, won’t be falsely told there are no apartment vacancies, and he won’t be automatically thought to be unqualified for the job he holds because of his race and accused of being an “affirmative action hire.” There are a number of other ways he’s privileged, but as I’ve already told him, he has the privilege of being ignorant of all the ways nonwhites are still discriminated against.

          • Andy Hall January 1, 2017 / 9:29 am

            Yes; well said. “White privilege” is not about having a comfortable lifestyle or an easy upbringing; it’s about how race plays fundamentally into how people are able to interact with larger society. A lot of folks choose to be deliberately obtuse about it.

          • Kristoffer January 1, 2017 / 6:10 pm

            Not at all, Andy and Al. Race is an abstraction of socioeconomic privileges and disprivileges, but it is not those privileges and disprivileges. If you magically swapped the privileges and disprivileges of black people and white people, they would be unchanged even when skin color changed.

            And Al, you have the privilege of being ignorant of all the times when whites are discriminated against:

          • Nightflyer February 17, 2017 / 9:50 am

            Don’t forget my favorite piece of “white privilege,” which I found out personally when I started dating the wonderful woman who is now my wife and the mother of my two girls:

            It’s okay for white guys to pursue and go to bed with black women, but a lynching offense for black guys to pursue and go to bed with white women.

            There is a caveat: white guys are not expected to do anything more serious with that black girl than find out “how to do it.” They’re not supposed to bring that girl home to meet the family or slip an engagement or wedding ring on her finger.

            Luckily for me, I have a great family — on both sides of the aisle.

        • Shoshana Bee December 31, 2016 / 7:04 pm

          His omnipresence on the internet has made it patently clear that his worst fear at the moment is that Mississippi may come to its senses and renovate the state flag.There is quite a bit of history to extrapolate from.

  14. jkunkel9999 December 28, 2016 / 7:00 am

    I’ve seen a recent interview Brooks did for CNN or something, in which he launched into his fav topic – Southern Whites are denying slavery etc. He also stated that Donald Trump’s win was in part due to White racism.

    I have a question: If 58% of Whites voting for Trump is a sign of racism, what is 95% of Blacks voting for Obama?

      • jkunkel9999 December 28, 2016 / 12:56 pm

        Actually, your blog doesn’t answer my question, which I’ll modify, based on your slight escape hatch, by saying that, actually, not ALLTrump supporters are racists (but your implication is that MOST of them are!):

        The Question:

        If many or most of the 58% of Whites who voted for Trump are racists, are many or most of the 95% of Blacks who voted for Obama also racists?

          • jkunkel9999 December 28, 2016 / 6:09 pm

            Maybe I should answer the question myself, but I’m not the one confidently stating on TV and blogs that X number of Whites are racists because 58% of them voted for Trump. But if that’s true, then it would seem to follow that many or most Blacks are also racists since 95% of them voted for the Black candidate, twice.

            Do you agree or disagree? Yes or no?

            Simple question. Perhaps you should address it on your next TV interview.

          • Brooks D. Simpson December 28, 2016 / 8:48 pm

            You might want to offer evidence that I’ve said what you claim I’ve said.

            I’ve enjoyed your discomfort and frustration. Take care.

        • RB December 28, 2016 / 5:09 pm

          It’s called “Identity Politics” good sir. It’s a rotten double standard, and Trump’s victory just showed how odious the majority of “fly over country” sees that it is.

  15. The Confederate January 1, 2017 / 7:29 pm

    This idiotic comment just exposed the hypocrisy of the Confederate “heritage” advocates, they have no problem in insulting Union soldiers, but when the “saint” Confederate traitor is insulted, they immediately attack you, and later they will come up with this “they were only defending their homes” BS.

    The true barbarians were the Confederate traitors, they started a War in which more than 750,000 died, just because they wanted to preserve and expand Slavery.

    These Confederate “heritage” advocate seem to be so ashamed that their barbaric and traitorous ancestors were nothing more than a bunch of mercenaries of the Slave holders, and they need to create these absurd lies.

    Confederate “heritage” is a “heritage” of treason and terrorism, Lawrence, the Great Hanging, Shelton Laurel, etc, are just some examples of Confederate terrorism, they were worse than Al-Qaeda and ISIS!

    Honoring the Confederacy is like honoring Imperial Japan, celebrating Confederate “heritage” is like celebrating Imperial “heritage”, saying that the Confederate Flag is a symbol of Southern heritage is like saying that the Rising Sun Flag is a symbol of Japanese heritage.

  16. OhioGuy January 4, 2017 / 6:09 pm

    “Honoring the Confederacy is like honoring Imperial Japan, celebrating Confederate “heritage” is like celebrating Imperial “heritage”, saying that the Confederate Flag is a symbol of Southern heritage is like saying that the Rising Sun Flag is a symbol of Japanese heritage.”

    I would tend to agree with this statement in a very general way. However, I do cut a little slack to people who want to honor their ancestors who were in Confederate service, but who reject the Lost Cause mythology. Andy Hall is, I think, a good example here. He honors those who fought for the Confederacy without honoring the cause for which they fought. There is a subtle, but important, difference here.

    • Andy Hall January 5, 2017 / 8:44 am

      “Andy Hall is, I think, a good example here. He honors those who fought for the Confederacy without honoring the cause for which they fought. There is a subtle, but important, difference here.”

      The difference is indeed critical. I don’t usually use the term “honor” in that way, because in colloquial use it indicates an endorsement of that person’s beliefs and actions. But I do think it’s appropriate to remember those folks, and tell their stories as truthfully and fully as we can. That’s not the same thing, though, as embracing as our own the things they believed, or refusing to criticize them when we believe they were wrong.

      • OhioGuy January 6, 2017 / 12:00 am

        I understand, Andy, the distinction you are making between honoring and remembering. And, I fully accept that that is a meaningful distinction and one which is, perhaps, less subject to being misunderstood. However, I personally think it is possible to honor a Confederate solider for his bravery and at the same time disassociate yourself from his cause. But, to be truthful, I’m not consistent here myself. When I try to apply this same thinking to Nazi soldiers in WWII, I must admit I have trouble using the word “honor” also. I guess this is may because I have a more fraternal feeling toward ex-rebels as fellow countrymen than I could ever have toward an ex-Nazi soldier. [My father’s best friend was a German national who was studying with Dad at the University of Chicago when the war broke out. He enlisted in the U.S. Army to rid his native land of the scourge of Nazism. Now that, in my book, is real patriotism.]

        • Andy Hall January 6, 2017 / 8:52 am

          I don’t have trouble with acknowledging the personal courage and military skill of Confederates. Lee was an effective commanding general. Forrest was an unconventional and energetic cavalry officer. Lawrence Daffan showed a lot of personal courage fighting on the edge of the cornfield at Sharpsburg.

          The difficulty for heritage groups is that very often little-to-nothing is known about the individuals they’re discussing — either their own ancestors or (especially) when it’s some heretofore little-known person buried in the local cemetery. Nature abhors a vacuum, so the saying goes, so in those cases, the presented narrative quickly falls back on old tropes about southern patriotism and states’ rights and singing “Dixie.” That contributes nothing to the larger sweep of history.

          • OhioGuy January 6, 2017 / 10:01 am

            Yeah, states’ rights. How quickly the South turned on that one. They were all against states’ rights, wanted a strong federal government, when seeking to enforce the fugitive slave law. That northern scumbag State of Ohio increasingly refused to enforce it. The slavocracy was furious. Oh, I forgot, the war wasn’t about slavery! 😉

          • OhioGuy January 6, 2017 / 10:33 am

            P.S. I got an email, Andy, saying that you had “liked” a post I made on this blog. How does one register a “like” here?

          • OhioGuy January 6, 2017 / 10:38 am

            Never mind, I figured out how to “like” a post. I do most of my replies on my iPhone, but now that I’m on a real computer, I can see additional functions that I’ve not paid attention to in the past. Brooks, feel free to deleted this comment and the one above it, as they add nothing to the discussion.

          • Jimmy Dick January 6, 2017 / 12:17 pm

            On top of that, most of the vacuum is filled with modern political ideology. These groups and the people in them create a mythical past to support their modern political ideology. Without that illusion their current beliefs have nothing to anchor themselves in.

    • hankc9174 January 5, 2017 / 9:22 am

      this is repetitious, as I post a similar question in various blogs a couple of times a year: what is ‘confederate heritage’?

      I attend various ‘heritage’ festivals: river heritage, Scottish heritage, mountain heritage, etc., and they are all about food, music, crafts, dancing, art and folklore.

      confederate ‘heritage’ seems to be about the flag. period. (ok maybe some folklore about black confederates)

    • John Foskett January 7, 2017 / 8:49 am

      Well said.

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