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.