Proconfederate People Are …

We’ve already considered what it takes to be a neoconfederate. The more time I spend interacting with neoconfederates, the more convinced I am of the absolute truth of that post.

But what about folks who think they aren’t neoconfederates but rather simply believe they are “proconfederate?”

They’re neoconfederates.

In my experience, the vast majority of these people are stupid and are liars. They lack the tiniest amount of intellectual integrity.

Also, the vast majority of these people with whom I’ve come into contact are racist scum.

In other words, the vast majority of these people are usually despicable people of a low intelligence.

I’m sure there are some who are honest, who aren’t racist, and who aren’t stupid. Those folks simply don’t know enough history and can be convinced by historical evidence. If they have intellectual integrity, when shown the error of their beliefs they will change them.

If a person thinks the confederacy was right, if a person thinks the United States was in the wrong in the Civil War, then that person is either historically undereducated, stupid, dishonest, racist, or some combination of the above.

If, gentle reader, you think the confederacy was right and the United States was in the wrong in the Civil War, then you are wrong. Are you willing to look at the evidence and be convinced by it or is your mind made up? If you’re willing to be convinced, then you’ll find evidence here. If your mind is made up, then you’re either too stupid, too racist, or too dishonest to participate in this discussion. I’m not going to waste my time on people like that.

I’m sure many will find this assessment too harsh. Well, I didn’t sugarcoat it. I didn’t worry about hurting feelings. I decided on the shock treatment. I figured anyone who is going to cheer for treason against the United States for the purpose of protecting and expanding the institution of slavery needs to have their feelings hurt. They need to have the frankest talk in their face.

I know what you’re going to say: something on the order of you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. Well, I’ve tried the honey in the past and it hasn’t worked too well, because the vast majority of these proconfederate folks I’ve come into contact with are stupid, racists, liars, or lacking intellectual integrity, so I’m going with the vinegar now.

Now, if you happen to have an ancestor who fought for the confederacy and simply want to know more about that person, this is not directed at you, as long as you are not cheering for the confederacy, as long as you are not defending the confederacy, and as long as you are not taking the side of the confederacy. I myself have defended individual confederate soldiers from what I believed were unjust charges, and will continue to do so. But I am firmly on the side that says the confederacy was one of the worst things ever put into effect in this country. Does that mean individual confederates were horrible people? No. To me, it was the evil of slavery that had otherwise good men do bad things. Your ancestor may have been a wonderful human being who through circumstances found himself fighting for the confederacy. That, of course, excludes those confederate veterans who were members of white supremacist terrorist organizations during Reconstruction. Other than those folks, none of what I said in criticism of the confederacy necessarily applies to individual confederate soldiers. None of what I said above applies to those who simply want to know more about what individual confederate soldiers did. None of what I said applies to those who just want to understand confederates and the confederacy and don’t defend the confederacy.

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9 comments

  1. Matthew Tenney · · Reply

    Slavery was and still is a terrible evil. I’m both fascinated and appalled by the process by which such evil can be woven into the fabric of a civilized society. Is there some evil in our human nature that derives pleasure in torturing others? Or is the pleasure just about the economic benefits of slavery?
    We still fight wars and have internal conflicts even within the family and rarely nowadays are those wars and conflicts directly about slavery. In my view, if the most fundamental lesson we draw from the Civil War is that slavery is evil, then it’s of little relevance to today’s world because that lesson is already well accepted by the vast majority.

    1. We all have a dark side, but slavery demands cruelty, even from good people.

  2. I don’t disagree with the substance of what you wrote here, Al. And no, I wouldn’t say the honey/flies thing; sometimes people prey on our politeness to say repulsive things. We’re not obligated to be nice to racists.

    What still puzzles me is that we did encounter that small minority of folks at the old newsgroup who were pro-confederate without seeming to be racists or uneducated boobs. I guess indoctrination is a powerful thing. Just as no scientific evidence, no matter how clear and ironclad, can sway a creationist, it seems the same is true for many pro-confederates.

    Maybe Jimmy Carter was right – I read one of his books where he pointed out how people throughout history have justified all kinds of evil by dehumanizing the group they feel is undeserving of humane treatment. Southerners did that to Africans brought here as slaves. I’m undecided on the issue of whether or not the “product of his time” argument is acceptable for slaveholders who (perhaps out of ignorance) dehumanized Africans in the 1860s. It’s certainly not valid today. And anyone who thinks so and tries to argue that today is undeserving of our politeness.

    1. At least smart enough to hide their racism. Then there were those who had no intellectual maturity.

      I agree, Bert, that slavery required the dehumanizing of enslaved people. It required cruelty, and for a good person to be cruel, they had to believe the lie that it was good for the enslaved people because they were an inferior life form.

  3. Al,
    I have followed your blog for several years now and have found you to be historically objective and true to contextual facts.
    You have always shown respect and offer to all your readers an honest and exhaustive expanse of informative material on America’s Civil War. I have learned so much and had so many false narratives corrected by your guidance and personal research right down to the book and documents you recommend expanding my understanding of that period in America’s history.
    If people cannot handle that the neo-confederate perspective of history from the “Lost Cause” to the myths of white supremacy have fallen on the wrong side history it is because they close their eyes and minds and squeeze even tighter to what they want to believe is true.
    As my grandkids say, “You Rock” so keep up the good work you do here.
    Thanks for your time and effort in sharing!

    1. Thank you for the kind comments, Rob.

  4. I just came across this blog for the first time, and all I have to say is….Well said! I have been fighting against Neo-Confederates throughout social media for a few years now, and it is getting to be quite tiresome. Your blog here is a breath of fresh air. It warms my heart to see that I am not alone in feeling the way that I do.

    1. Welcome to the club, Joseph. Yes, Al’s blog is an invaluable trove.

      1. Thanks, Chris.

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