Rick Hess shares part of the record of some of those Confederate Monsters

Rick Hess sometimes gets things right. He’s not about to endorse Jacobin mobs pulling down statues on their own, but he does realize that these Confederate “heroes” were monsters. Here is part of his article:

“Start with Nathan Bedford Forrest, whose name appears on eight U.S. schools, more than all but five other Confederates. In the six years before the Civil War, Forrest sold around 7,500 people, making a net profit of over $1 million (not adjusted for inflation). His cruelty knew few bounds. In 1859, he advertised for sale an enslaved female who “is said to be of the class known among the dealers as a ‘likely girl,’ ” callously emphasizing her vulnerability to rape.

“Forrest’s Civil War career was marked by similar cruelty. At Fort Pillow in April 1864, his men massacred about 300 African American soldiers after they surrendered. Once the war ended, Forrest became the first grand wizard of the KKK, which terrorized African Americans across the South.

“Another of the Confederate leaders most commonly found as a school namesake is Zebulon Vance, a North Carolina slaveholder and colonel in the Confederate army. Before the Civil War, Vance called the idea of emancipation “utterly absurd,” arguing that everyone “recoils in disgust and loathing from the prospect of intermingling the quick and jealous blood of the European with the putrid stream of African barbarism.”

“After the war, his views on race didn’t moderate much. In 1878, shortly after being inaugurated a third time as North Carolina governor, Vance spoke to a parade of African American citizens celebrating the anniversary of emancipation. He opened by saying: “You cannot of course expect me to join with you in celebrating” the anniversary of emancipation, an act which “I struggled so long to prevent” and “an act of unconstitutional violence.”

“There are eleven schools named for Jefferson Davis, who before the Civil War praised slavery for maintaining the “presence of a lower caste” of people, thereby creating “an equality” among white males. As president of the Confederacy, he personally approved the execution of African American prisoners-of-war and the white officers who commanded them, and supported the enslavement of all free African Americans. Years later, he showed no remorse, saying in 1884 that he wanted no pardon from the United States because “I have not repented,” and that “if it were all to do over again, I would again do just as I did in 1861.”

“Thousands of children go to schools named after such men. Especially offensive is that most of these children are minorities: Sixty-two percent of students in schools named after Confederate leaders are nonwhite. One needn’t embrace the wilder critiques voiced by the woke brigades to agree that this is repugnant and has been too long ignored.

“If these schools were named in the immediate aftermath of the Civil War, as a tribute to veterans returning home, that would at least complicate the story. In truth, most Confederate schools received their names over a century later, as part of the massive resistance to desegregation. State and local leaders were especially active in renaming schools during the civil rights era—among Confederate-named schools where data are available, nearly half (53 of 117) received their names in the 1950s and 1960s.”

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  1. Reblogged this on Crazy Normal – the Classroom Exposé.


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