It turns out that lots of folks are willing to help the
Republican Confederate Party learn new facts and enrich their celebration of Confederate History Month.
Tonight’s mandatory reading comes from Ta-Nehisi Coates over at The Atlantic. His essay, The Ghost of Bobby Lee is a must read as he dismantles the “Slavery had nothing to do with the Confederacy” myth with a kindness that is firmly rooted in facts and empathy.
TNC moves straight to a take-down of the demi-god of the Confederacy–Robert E Lee–and transforms him from sainted icon to just another deeply flawed member of our species.
It is a major talking point of the
Republican Confederate Party that Robert E. Lee hated slavery. This myth is so strong that TNC–like most of us–took it as common wisdom. And then the tubes of the Internets shared its cloud sourcing. Turns out, if you fact check the myth, it is a lie.
In his essay TNC points to a C-span broadcast of Elizabeth Brown Pryor discussing her book, Reading the Man: A Portrait of Robert E. Lee. You can watch that discussion here at C-span’s amazing archives of their recorded programs. One of the great features is the transcript. Here, you can scroll down to the 50:00 mark and click on the transcript excerpt. This will take the video to the start of the Q & A section. Listen for ten minutes or so and you’ll never buy the Robert E. Lee hated slavery myth again. It is a journey into the heart of
Republican Confederate darkness and it is worth your time (IMHO).
Exposing the racist lies of the fools worshipping the Confederacy strikes me as a great way to celebrate Confederate History month. Every Republican and every Teabagger should be asked if you can discuss the Confederacy without discussing slavery. Their views on these myths should be on the record.
It matters more than a nit and it is a big diddly of an issue.