Today is the 150th anniversary of the Fort Pillow Massacre. Should it be remembered as a Confederate massacre of black soldiers, a moment in the long history of racial violence between black and white Americans or both?
As we get closer to April 2015 we will begin to read even more in the way of assessment of the sesquicentennial. The problem with these observations thus far, including this article by Wall Street Journal reporter Cameron McWhirter, is that they take a much too narrow approach to measuring the scope of what has taken place over the past few years and how it will likely impact how Americans will learn about the Civil War in the future. I spent 30 minutes on the phone with Mr. McWhirter, but unfortunately, nothing that I shared made it into the published version. Continue reading
You would think that the Sons of Confederate Veterans would issue a clear statement condemning the way in which these Waldron High School teens have chosen to display the flag. I particularly appreciate the respect shown for the rich heritage associated with this flag by flying it from the back of a pick-up truck while off-road driving. The mud adds a nice touch to the flag. The Confederate soldier certainly appreciates these kids taking the time to remember their sacrifice.
Yep, the future of Southern/Confederate heritage is in good hands.
Next month I am scheduled to give a talk in Walpole, Massachusetts as part of their Civil War 150 commemoration. In my discussion with the event organizer I was reminded of a story I read a few years ago about a resident who lives next to the high school’s football field and displays a large Confederate flag facing the campus. The story is not just about this neighbor’s flag, but about the school’s own use of the Confederate flag and other symbols. Continue reading