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Video: White Supremacist Corey Stewart Speaks to “Sons of Confederate Veterans”; Ta-Nehisi Coates Speaks to the Rest of Us

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Before watching the unhinged tirade by neo-Confederate Corey Stewart to the “Sons of Confederate Veterans,” I urge everyone to read The First White President: The foundation of Donald Trump’s presidency is the negation of Barack Obama’s legacy. by the brilliant Ta-Nehisi Coates. A few quotes from Coates’ article that jumped out at me include: “It is often said that Trump has no real ideology, which is not true—his ideology is white supremacy, in all its truculent and sanctimonious power.”; “In Trump, white supremacists see one of their own.”; “Asserting that Trump’s rise was primarily powered by cultural resentment and economic reversal has become de rigueur among white pundits and thought leaders. But evidence for this is, at best, mixed.”; “Part of Trump’s dominance among whites resulted from his running as a Republican, the party that has long cultivated white voters.”; “By focusing on that sympathetic laboring class, the sins of whiteness itself were, and are still being, evaded.”; “It’s worth asking why the country has not been treated to a raft of sympathetic portraits of this “forgotten” young black electorate, forsaken by a Washington bought off by Davos elites and special interests.”; “White workers are not divided by the fact of labor from other white demographics; they are divided from all other laborers by the fact of their whiteness.”; “The first black president found that he was personally toxic to the GOP base. An entire political party was organized around the explicit aim of negating one man.”; “The first white president in American history is also the most dangerous president—and he is made more dangerous still by the fact that those charged with analyzing him cannot name his essential nature, because they too are implicated in it.”

With that context – and I urge everyone to read the entire piece by Ta-Nehisi Coates – here’s white supremacist Corey Stewart speaking to a group whose mission statement is about “preserving the history and legacy of these heroes so that future generations can understand the motives that animated the Southern Cause.” Seriously.

  • old_redneck

    I’m a Southerner . . . born in SW Mississippi, the g-g-grandson of slave owners, reared in SW MS and NE TN. Born a Southerner, a Baptist and a Democrat. Then I learned to read. I’m still a Southerner and a Democrat.

    As I was growing up in Mississippi in the 1950’s, when folks talked about “the war” you didn’t know if they were talking about the recently-ended WW II, or, more likely, about the “War Between the States.”

    For those of you not steeped in moonlight and magnolias, I urge you to read up on The Lost Cause — because — this is what Stewart is promoting.

    The “Lost Cause” is the idea that the South’s attempt to destroy the Union was a gallant heroic effort by a (white, wealthy) people, all descendants of Norman knights and British royalty, who were being pushed into a corner by low-class, crude Northern shop-owners and factory workers and who had no recourse but to strike out to preserve their genteel, heroic, Christian way of life. Preservation of slavery had nothing to do with it. This myth still lives, especially among such as the Sons of Confederate Veterans, United Daughters of the Confederacy, and the like.

    You can start with the Wikipedia article:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lost_Cause_of_the_Confederacy

    Here’s an excerpt from an excellent book, which is probably the best study of The Lost Cause:
    http://essentialcivilwarcurriculum.com/the-lost-cause.html
    Check out the bibliography on the right side of the linked page for more reading.