Open line and Civil War update | Arkansas Blog

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Open line and Civil War update

Posted By on Sun, Aug 20, 2017 at 5:13 PM

click to enlarge RISING AGAIN: Defenders of Confederacy gather at Bentonville monument.
  • RISING AGAIN: Defenders of Confederacy gather at Bentonville monument.
Here's the Sunday update. The South continues to rise again, today in Bentonville, where 40/29 reports that 20 or so CSA irrregulars mustered to protect the Confederate statue on the town square from any invaders. None in evidence, but police closed streets around the square.

The defenders, member of the Brotherhood of the Southern Cross, said they'd be on guard as long as necessary. It's all about heritage, not racial discrimination, they say. And haven't we heard that line before?

40/29 helpfully provides the history of how this was one of the Lost Cause monuments, installed 43 years after the war by the Daughters of Confederacy to enoble the Lost Cause. As historical accounts note (words on paper, in other words) celebrants in Bentonville represented the seceding states and said their cause was just. As documents about Arkansas secession show, the driving force was preservation of slavery. When they say it isn't about white supremacy ... it's about white supremacy.

You won't find this on the statue of a generic soldier:

The first chapter of the Arkansas United Daughters of the Confederacy was founded in Pine Bluff in 1896. Over the next few decades, it installed monuments, lobbied state lawmakers, approved textbooks and sponsored initiatives to honor the aging Confederate veterans, and champion the “Lost Cause” perspective of the Civil War. The “Lost Cause” portrayed Confederates as noble soldiers fighting to defend their homelands. The "Lost Cause" history largely downplayed the role of slavery in the Civil War, and defended 20th Century Jim Crow laws. The minutes of the 1915 Arkansas Division of the United Daughter of the Confederacy’s state convention include an explanation of the “Necessity of the Ku Klux Klan," according to Logan's history.
40/29 notes the Facebook page of today's group of statue stalwarts:

The Facebook page says the group does not support hate, but supports "studying true history instead of what the Federals decided to tell because he who wins the war write the history books."
True history.

The statue, by the way, is not the former Confederate soldier, governor and senator, James Berry, who's history of mostly losing battles can be read here. Noted: He stopped a white mob from lynching black people who'd lynched a white rapist.

Tags: , , ,

Sign up for the Daily Update email

Comments (33)

Showing 1-33 of 33

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-33 of 33

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Where's the outrage?

    Am I the only person, apart from federal prosecutors, outraged about the criminal enterprise that inveigled itself into a privileged position as an Arkansas taxpayer-financed human services provider to the tune, today, of $43 million a year?
    • Jun 21, 2018
  • Where's the outrage?

    • Jun 21, 2018
  • Rutledge opponent hits her socializing with corporate interests

    Mike Lee, the Democratic candidate for attorney general, has criticized Attorney General Leslie Rutledge over recent reports of her participation at private meetings where corporate interests make big contributions to a political group she heads for access to state legal officers.
    • Jun 21, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Arkansas Supreme Court refuses to rehear invalidation of marijuana act

    The Arkansas Supreme Court today denied a request to rehear its decision invalidating Issue 7, the medical marijuana initiated act.
    • Nov 3, 2016
  • Honeymoon appears over for Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Baghdad Barbie of Trump White House

    The reviews aren't kind for Sarah Huckabee Sanders' honesty as White House press secretary
    • Feb 9, 2018
  • Trump immigration protest at LR: Quick and fierce

    It was not even 24 hours ago that Sophia Said, director of the Interfaith Center; City Director Kathy Webb and others decided to organize a protest today of Donald Trump's executive order that has left people from Muslim countries languishing in airports or unable to come to the US at all — people with visas, green cards,a  post-doc graduate student en route to Harvard, Google employees abroad, families. I got the message today before noon; others didn't find out until it was going on. But however folks found out, they turned out in huge numbers, more than thousand men, women and children, on the grounds of the state Capitol to listen to speakers from all faiths and many countries.
    • Jan 29, 2017

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments



© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation