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Re: “Reactions split on move to end 'Dixie' and Rebel mascot at Fort Smith Southside High School

What is wrong with Dixie? Lincoln ordered the band to play it when he arrived for his victory sprint in Richmond after Appomattox and before he went to the Ford Theater. Dixie is just a mid-nineteenth century tune. Play it enough and it will lose any bitterness it might have in some folks mouths. Because like it or not Dixie aint going nowhere. But this PC uprightness will eventually. In a century Dixie will probably be played more than it is today, why? Because rebels, not PC nerds,are the role models of youth everywhere.

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Posted by Arkansas Minuteman on 08/07/2015 at 6:22 PM

Re: “Arkansas's Civil War heritage: Slavery

After you get recover from your hysterics go to your dictionary and look up metaphor.

Posted by Arkansas Minuteman on 08/07/2015 at 6:13 PM

Re: “Arkansas's Civil War heritage: Slavery

Lincoln, elected with about 39.7% of the electorate chose to invade and occupy the South rather than let a peaceful separation occur. (yep true) His resolution to conquer pushed the slaughter of nearly a million Americans and destroyed the economies of the states that he conquered. (yes, right again) The war and its vengeful aftermath of military occupation and unsuccessful re-education created an animus toward the freedman that wouldn't have existed if slavery had been ended later in the century by the Southern states when and if it became apparent it was no longer profitable or accepted internationally. (Yep, it did embitter people unlike when Brazil chose to end slavery itself in 1888) The war was one of choice by Lincoln and the North and was forced on states that had no interest in invading and subjugating the North. (Gad-awful TRUE) Slavery was not good we agree today but neither was child labor in the mines or the massacres of the native peoples that went on throughout the first century of US history.(Nothing false there) It was a stupid war to fight and created the mangled federal government that can't agree to run the country today. (maybe you believe it was OK to invade , it's done all over the world but the bottom line is never really about ANYTHING but subjugation based on every rational you can grab), For Blacks it created a deep hatred of them in the defeated states where it became too easy to blame them for the war that Lincoln had led. (it did lead to the murders of scores of Blacks in places like Tulsa in 1922 and lynchings for 3/4 of a century) I can't imagine a worse scenario in which any enslaved people would choose to find freedom than at the end of a war that destroyed the economy they were part of and embittered for generations the non-enslaved people around them and with who they would have to live.(maybe they preferred to take their chances though, I give you that) History is funny at how it continually re-writes itself and today it's just easier to place all blame on White Southerners for everything that has ever happened in the South or vis a vis the freedmen. It's a cheap, easy but completely erroneous view of history.(Oh you folks have re-educated to accept Northern War propaganda as being the same as scripture anything that Southerners had to say as something you need to muffle out. That's cowardly, both academic and otherwise. Your great grandparents must be turning in their graves, I'm 65 so for me it'd be my grandparents.

Posted by Arkansas Minuteman on 08/07/2015 at 10:38 AM

Re: “Arkansas's Civil War heritage: Slavery

A lot of hysterics masquerading as deep thoughts on the subject. But nobody bothered to honestly take apart my argument. Rather they preferred to ignore its gist and reinvent an easy straw man to attack. How common and how easily you will be ignored when a new interpretation of the war comes along in another generation. You are like the clergymen who piled on Darwin but as it turned out really didn't have a response, only emotions. Thinking isn't big on this board, but going with the Zeitgeist is really where it's at here. But remember the Zeitgeist changes.

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Posted by Arkansas Minuteman on 08/06/2015 at 6:49 PM

Re: “Arkansas's Civil War heritage: Slavery

Lincoln, elected with about 39.7% of the electorate chose to invade and occupy the South rather than let a peaceful separation occur. His resolution pushed the slaughter of nearly a million Americans and destroyed the economies of the states that he conquered. The war and its vengeful aftermath of military occupation and unsuccessful re-education created an animus toward the freedman that wouldn't have existed if slavery had been ended later in the century by the Southern states when and if it became apparent it was no longer profitable or accepted internationally. The war was one of choice by Lincoln and the North and was forced on states that had no interest in invading and subjugating the North. Slavery was not good we agree today but neither was child labor in the mines or the massacres of the native peoples that went on throughout the first century of US history. It was a stupid war to fight and created the mangled federal government that can't agree to run the country today. For Blacks it created a deep hatred of them in the defeated states where it became too easy to blame them for the war that Lincoln had led. I can't imagine a worse scenario in which any enslaved people would choose to find freedom than at the end of a war that destroyed the economy they were part of and embittered for generations the non-enslaved people around them and with who they would have to live. History is funny at how it continually re-writes itself and today it's just easier to place all blame on White Southerners for everything that has ever happened in the South or vis a vis the freedmen. It's a cheap, easy but completely erroneous view of history.

5 likes, 18 dislikes
Posted by Arkansas Minuteman on 08/06/2015 at 1:37 PM

 

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