In 2011 I took part in a panel on the myth of the black Confederate soldier with Emmanuel Dabney, Ervin Jordan, and Jaime Martinez at the annual meeting of the ASALH in Richmond. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, but I did not attend the Carter G. Woodson luncheon featuring Daryl Michael Scott. The topic of his address – or should I say sermon – was the importance of remembering the service of black soldiers as “The Greatest Black Generation.”
Professor Scott kicks things off with an impassioned plea not to get upset about the sight of Confederate flags and other symbols of the Lost Cause. In the end:
The Confederate flag to me is nothing but a reminder that we won that war.