This article gives me a good feeling about today’s youth. Young Jacob Hale, an eighth grade student in Austin, Texas, was concerned over the state’s “Confederate Heroes Day.” Jacob tells us, “I think it’s ironic that we celebrate MLK Day, where we’re supposed to be celebrating racial progress and the fight for equality, but then also we have Confederate Heroes Day which acknowledges the men who fought for slavery as heroes.” He’s proposed to replace that day with “Civil War Remembrance Day.” Jacob explains, “We also need to remember the Confederacy because that’s a huge part of Texas history, but we shouldn’t just single out the Confederacy and recognize them as heroes when a lot of what is associated with the Confederacy is not heroic.” He has a state representative on his side, who’s introduced a bill in the state legislature to do just that, a bill Jacob originally drafted.
As usual, the SCV has to display their dishonesty. Marshall Davis of the Texas Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans claims, “The men who joined the north from Texas were ultimately traitors.” So he claims men who fought for the United States were “traitors.” He shows why the SCV can never be trusted and why many consider them to be low forms of life. He claims that having a confederate heroes day on the same day as Martin Luther King Day is “an excellent way to live Dr. King’s dream of tolerance and diversity.” Yeah, celebrate slavery and white supremacy on Martin Luther King Day as a way to show tolerance and diversity. One wonders if there is any limit to how low these people go. Davis next lies about the war: “The war between the states was not about slavery, it was about state’s rule and economics.”
But Jacob knows his history and isn’t fooled by the lies of the SCV. He points to the Texas Declaration of Causes for Secession and tells us, “The history kind of wrote itself in 1861.” Reading from the Declaration of Causes, he quotes, “…Based upon the unnatural feeling of hostility to these Southern States and their beneficent and patriarchal system of African slavery, proclaiming the debasing doctrine of the equality of all men, irrespective of race or color — a doctrine at war with nature, in opposition to the experience of mankind, and in violation of the plainest revelations of the Divine Law.” Jacob adds, “As if that’s a bad thing.”
It warms my heart to see a young man so well versed in actual history standing up for what’s right, and it turns my stomach to see the depths to which the SCV is willing to delve to lie about history.