According to this story, the racist groups in Alabama who planned to try to intimidate black students at Alabama State University by placing a confederate flag, the symbol of racial oppression, across the street from the university’s entrance announced they will no longer be doing so.
Did they have a conversion? Are they not really racists and they suddenly realized the import of what they were doing? No. According to the group’s spokesperson, “The location was unusable due to power line proximity.”
So apparently, not only are they racists, but they’re also stupid because they announced they would place the flag in a location they had not previously seen.
She once again claimed they did not intend to “agitate” the students at the university. Sure. And I’ve got a bridge in Brooklyn for sale. Denying the role of slavery, she said people should “go to history ‘and learn from the source.’ ” Okay. Let’s take a look at why Alabama wanted to be independent of the United States:
Whereas, the election of Abraham Lincoln and Hannibal Hamlin to the offices of president and vice-president of the United States of America, by a sectional party, avowedly hostile to the domestic institutions and to the peace and security of the people of the State of Alabama, preceded by many and dangerous infractions of the constitution of the United States by many of the States and people of the Northern section, is a political wrong of so insulting and menacing a character as to justify the people of the State of Alabama in the adoption of prompt and decided measures for their future peace and security, therefore:
Be it declared and ordained by the people of the State of Alabama, in Convention assembled, That the State of Alabama now withdraws, and is hereby withdrawn from the Union known as “the United States of America,” and henceforth ceases to be one of said United States, and is, and of right ought to be a Sovereign and Independent State.
Sec 2. Be it further declared and ordained by the people of the State of Alabama in Convention assembled, That all powers over the Territory of said State, and over the people thereof, heretofore delegated to the Government of the United States of America, be and they are hereby withdrawn from said Government, and are hereby resumed and vested in the people of the State of Alabama.
And as it is the desire and purpose of the people of Alabama to meet the slaveholding States of the South, who may approve such purpose, in order to frame a provisional as well as permanent Government upon the principles of the Constitution of the United States …
So it had nothing to do with slavery, eh? If we “learn from the source,” we learn it most certainly did have a great deal to do with slavery.