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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

South Carolina lawmakers want to build monument to non-existent black Confederate soldiers

Posted By on Tue, Jan 2, 2018 at 9:18 AM

The Lost Causers are nothing if not committed to their myths. Two South Carolina state representatives want to build a monument to honor black Confederate soldiers, the AP reports. Though some unarmed slaves were forced to work for Confederate units, there is no evidence of black soldiers seeing combat for the Confederacy. Pension records in South Carolina show that no black soldiers were recognized for armed service during the Civil War.

This hasn't stopped South Carolina Republican Reps. Bill Chumley and Mike Burns, who say their bill is about "education." What does motivate all this motivated reasoning?

A counter-proposal from a black Democrat and a white Republican would create a monument to honor a black South Carolinian who actually existed: Robert Smalls, who hijacked a Confederate ship in 1862, liberating his family and becoming a Union hero.

The black Confederate myth is canon in Lost Cause propaganda. Let's hope Arkansas legislators don't get any ideas.

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