Robert E. Lee's defenders promote secession on Harrison billboard | Arkansas Blog

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Robert E. Lee's defenders promote secession on Harrison billboard

Posted By on Sat, Jan 31, 2015 at 11:05 AM

IF YOU LOVE THE ROBERT E. LEE HOLIDAY: Then you probably like this new billboard in Harrison.
  • IF YOU LOVE THE ROBERT E. LEE HOLIDAY: Then you probably like this new billboard in Harrison.

Rep. Nate Bell
continues to work social media for support for his bill — defeated in committee last week — to end the sharing of a holiday between Robert E. Lee and Martin Luther King Jr.

It was clear from the vote that many legislators — Republican and Democrat — simply don't share the notion that Lee should be de-emphasized. Some roll out the usual claptrap about what a fine gentleman Lee was. This conveniently overlooks that he became a holiday symbol throughout the South in the 1930s  precisely because of a push from Lost Cause adherents. The symbolism was not honor but the Confederacy. That's no different today. The noisy Lee brigade talks of their heritage, as if that separate rebel nation might someday rise again.

Doubt that they really believe that?

Jacob Kauffman at KUAR calls attention to the new billboard in Harrison. It's from this outfit, the League of the South, and it supports secession. The first person to testify against Bell's bill belonged to this group.

All you need to know is that slavery defender Loy Mauch testified against the bill, as someone Tweeted last week.

I'm at a loss for why Bell and Democratic Rep. Fred Love haven't joined hands on similar legislation.

Secession. Interesting thought.


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