The Neoconfederate’s William Wallace

When confronting neoconfederate loonies, one often finds them spouting this: “Any society which suppresses the heritage of its conquered minorities, prevents their history or denies them their symbols, has sown the seeds of their own destruction.” They invariably attribute this saying to “Sir William Wallace, 1281.” See this example from “The Gift That Keeps On Giving.”

There are a couple problems with this claim. First, white southerners aren’t a conquered minority, and claiming they are is a mocking insult to actual minorities and the struggles they fought and the beatings, murders, and pain they endured, much of which came at the hands of white southerners. Secondly, William Wallace never said it.

William Wallace was born around 1270, which means he would have been around 11 years old at the time of the alleged quotation. No surviving document or eyewitness account places those words either in Wallace’s mouth or from his pen. Wallace also wasn’t “Sir William Wallace” until December of 1297.

This is just another case of neconfederates constructing a phony heritage with phony quotations, as usual. If you need to lie and fabricate quotations to defend your heritage, perhaps your heritage isn’t worth defending. Just saying.

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9 comments

  1. John Stoudt · · Reply

    Al:

    You wrote, “. . . actual minorities and the struggles they fought and the beatings, murders, and pain they endured . . .”

    Strange timing, that. I had just read this news item regarding the possible murders of 57 Irish workers in 1832 in Pennsylvania: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/10/08/unearthing-a-deadly-secret-were-57-irish-workers-murdered-in-1832-pennsylvania/

    Of course, I thought of you and of Pat Young. 🙂

    1. Hi John, thanks for the comment, but I don’t see how it’s related to the post.

  2. They may be confusing Wallace with Gibson, and the latter might agree with some neoconfederate views. 😉

      1. Amazing! Horse Soldiers Hoot resurrected with Braveheart Mel for an appearance in an ACW blog. 😉

        Although I have some problem with Horse Soldiers making Grierson’s Raid into a romance novel type film, I suppose it has its moments.

        1. Grierson had been a music teacher before the war, but The Duke didn’t want to play someone who’d been a music teacher, so they changed his character to a railroad man before the war.

  3. I was asking a neo Confederate, If the South was paying most of the taxes and tariffs, as he claimed, why didn’t Howell Cobb try to do something about it. I’m sure you and all of this site know who Cobb was, but they never heard of him. Is it, if you love heritage you can ignore history?
    I was blocked from their closed group.

    1. Cobb in fact was very clear, in his speech to the Virginia Secession Convention, that the issue was slavery.

    2. Is it, if you love heritage you can ignore history?

      That’s pretty much a requirement.

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