How Southern socialites rewrote Civil War history

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The United Daughters of the Confederacy, a women’s group that was formed in 1894, led the effort to revise Confederate history at the turn of the 20th century. That effort has a name: the Lost Cause. It was a campaign to portray Confederate leaders and soldiers as heroic, and it targeted the minds and identities of children growing up in the South so they would develop a personal attachment to the Confederate cause. (Read more)

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Sons of Confederate Veterans want to raise flags in every NC county along I-40 – News & Observer

BURKE COUNTY

Another large Confederate flag is flying near a North Carolina interstate.

Smitty Smith of Burke County put up a 20-by-30-foot Confederate flag over the weekend on his property beside Interstate 40. It’s part of a larger project by the Sons of Confederate Veterans to raise flags in every North Carolina county along the interstate, he told Spectrum News.

The flag, waving above the treeline on I-40 near exit 94 for Dysartsville Road, is high enough for drivers to see as they enter the county, WCNC reported. (Read more)

Mass Meetings Confederate Monuments

We need Mass and Meetings to talk about the Lost Cause in regards to the Confederate Monuments. There need to be some education on the role of the Daughters of Confederacy and other Confederacy groups because I get tired of just hearing their story.

As the talk show Connections on FM – 104.3 with Val Atkinson and Vincent Edward Clark was ending they gave some good information about the role of the Daughters of Confederacy played in the monuments and getting their story in books that were used in the school system.

I want to learn more about that since Confederate Monuments are in the news nationwide.

Terri Joyner Is Disturbed About Meetings Held Concerning Confederate Statue At Battle Park

The following is a comment from Terri Joyner that was posted on my blog:

I am very disturbed that the first time I heard of the two meetings held about our Confederate Statue at Battle Park was posted on Facebook by WITN new today (7-24-18)

I for one am outraged at the very thought of our City’s Leadership and less than knowledgeable residents have taken such a strong stance on the removal of a Statute that memorializes all those that fought for their rights during the Civil War. BOth Blacks and Whites fought shoulder to shoulder to protect our Southern culture. It had absolutely nothing to do with the South wanting to keep slavery alive. Slaves were not all black. There were white slaves as well.

This is part of our Nations history that should be preserved for future generations to learn from. Who are we to erase the History that doesn’t fit the likings of some while other feel strongly that it should be preserved. We have no knowledge how future generations will view the Statues.

I for one would like to see our City have a backbone and stand tall and proud to show the rest of this broken nation that these monuments are our ancestors legacy and an important part of History good or bad that should be preserved.

I also highly suggest a 3rd meeting be scheduled and highly publicized so that ALL CITIZENS of Rocky Mount can have an advance notice of such a crucial meeting as this one is.

My response:

I am disturbed also when folk post half-trues and attempt to insult my intelligence.

First of all I don’t know where you been but the meetings have been publicized in the Rocky Mount Telegram and WHIG-TV was at the 1st meeting. I have recorded all of them and posted them on my YouTube page.

Outraged? Really? I don’t know where ya’ll get that bullshit from about folk being less knowledgeable about the statue, Civil War and other. Who the hell are ya’ll to think that ya’ll are the only ones educated when it comes to ya’ll wanting to preserve ya’ll historical moments in history. I am a 55 year old grown ass black man who ain’t ignant to history and I can speak for numerous others. Not long ago the Rocky Mount Branch of the NAACP held a meeting and had 2 white males an historian and a civil rights laywer/other and a black male historian that did a presentation on the confederacy. That video also is on my YouTube page.

Yeah some folk are stuck on need more education about the confederacy and history. Talk to those whom you need to but myself and some others ain’t the one. I ain’t gonna even get into the damn slave thing about there was black and white slaves. And?

There is a lot of Nations history just like when folk tell black folk to get the hell over it but everyday we are reminded by those who continue who ain’t trying to get over the mess they have done to folk of color that is still going on today such as beatings and calling us Niggers.

I will let the City speak for themselves. However I don’t give a damn about certain legacies just because. Hell you can preserve whatever history you want just like people of color can when folk say they need to get over it.

Obviously you are ignant to the facts about the meetings because today was the 4th and final community meeting. All of the meetings were highly publicized. All citizens of Rocky Mount had an opportunity to attend and had plenty damn notice.

I am a member of the Human Relations Commission and I attended all the meetings and I have advertised and posted the video of all of them except the 4th meeting will be on my YouTube page in a couple of days.

Funny how you found yourself on my page. But keep following me because you will learn the day because that is what my page is about to educate and to be educated. However I pay attention to those who are trying to educate folk with half-trues.

I ain’t the one I have been actively engaged in community activism since the late 80’s so I can recognize and comprehend bullshit when I see it, hear it and/or whatever fashion it is presented.

Now I am open to dialogue but one thing folk ain’t going to do is to attempt to insult my intelligence as to the need for more education on an issue when other folk think they are the only ones that know history.

I am only interested in the whole trues, the facts and not emotions. I base my emotions on the facts.

My blog is full of information however when I post on blog it automatically post to my Facebook, Twitter and Linked In accounts.

I welcome your comments that I have to approve as long as you keep it real.

 

In Response To States of America NC school district regrets teen’s yearbook photo with gun and Confederate flag shirt – Charlotte Observer

Jeff Womble

Dear Cape Fear High Alumni:

An administrator at the school contacted me in reference to the most unfortunate incident relating to the yearbook photo. I let the administrator know how many of you felt and my personal thoughts.

First, let me say they are extremely remorseful about what transpired. They offered an explanation – not an excuse – that I found quite plausible. Believe me when I say, they know that a grave and offensive error was made. I won’t go into it on social media, because airing it here certainly won’t take back the fact that it happened and we can’t undo what already has been done. Their concern right now is making certain that it doesn’t happen again and doing that they can to reunite a close-knit community that seems to be on the verge of becoming divisive.

With that being said, they are formulating a committee that will assist in reviewing their yearbooks and other publications that may be viewed by the public. They want to make sure nothing offensive, insensitive or disparaging leaves that campus. Personally, it might not be an immediate cure-all, but I think that it is a step in the right direction and speaks highly of the administration’s desire to address this issue – and quickly.

They asked me to serve on the committee and I accepted without hesitation. As I explained to the administrator, this is a teachable moment for the entire Cape Fear community to include its students, faculty, staff, alumni, and parents – those who were offended by it and those who found no fault with it. In addition to addressing publications, it is my hope that we touch on topics such as race, inclusiveness, culture, heritage, etc. Those are the open conversations that need to be held.

I accepted the position because despite what transpired, Cape Fear and communities east of the river are quite special to me. I’m a Deep Creek Road guy until I die! Other than my aunt who raised me after my mother died, Fayetteville State University, and The Fayetteville Observer, no other individuals or institutions were more instrumental in my personal and professional development like Cape Fear and the people. I owe it a debt of gratitude to each of them. If I can help heal MY COMMUNITIES, I’m all in.

I know many of you were hurt, befuddled, dismayed, and downright offended by this unfortunate incident. I certainly felt your pain. I’m not saying this committee will take away that bitterness and pain, but the proposed actions are a good first step. Join me in seeing where the steps lead.

Thank you for listening with an open ear, and I will keep you abreast to any further updates.

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NC school district regrets teen’s yearbook photo with gun and Confederate flag shirt – Charlotte Observer