Stupefied by WhiteManistan

Posted in WhiteManistan at 12:34 pm by George Smith

What piece of profound ignorance was published for the fad of marking the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg today, Daddy?

This, put forward by the Google News robots, idiot citations excerpted:

Peter Carmichael, director of the Civil War Institute in Gettysburg, said there was much flag waving with “not much substance behind it.”

“Southern symbols have come under attack in a way that didn’t happen 10 years ago,” he said.

Many people whose ancestors fought (in) the Civil War feel besieged” and say “the Civil War cause has nothing to do with slavery.”

“They say it is a war between the big government and small governments,” he added.

“It’s a heritage,” said Chuck Faust, one of about 200,000 history buffs expected to descend on this corner of Pennsylvania over the next 10 days to relive what happened here.

“Slavery was not the issue,” said the 52-year-old dressed up as a Union horseman and donning a blue cap.

“State rights were the initial issue.”

When the Confederate flag makes its way onto T-shirts worn by youngsters, it is a “symbol of rebellion,” he added.

Historian Brain Jordan, for one, noted that the presence of Confederate flags was more pronounced in Gettysburg than in the South.

Jamie Malanowski, meanwhile, said one should not boil down Southern culture and heritage to the “outdated, retrograde, racist, separatist and defeated” Confederacy.

Or, for that matter, the Tea Party — an ultra conservative US political movement.

“American culture is so strongly a Southern culture,” he added, pointing to jazz great Louis Armstrong and even barbecues.

Save us from another in the army of fat white guy writers who, for the sake of being diplomatic about progress, blithely points out that American culture is Southern culture.

So, in this manner, Louis Armstrong, an African American, can be inserted into an odious discussion about the nature of the Civil War and the battle of Gettysburg, which marked the beginning of the end for the Confederacy.

Consider that one again. Louis Armstrong presented as proof of the beacon of southern culture, rather than — er, maybe — someone who became an icon in spite of southern culture.

My head almost exploded.

It did not because of the last five or so years and the appearance of Tea Party bigots waving signs claiming Martin Luther King, Jr., was a Republican, Ted Nugent calling his rock and roll excursion the Black Power Tour, and about 90 percent of the GOP using the battle-cry — “Democrats started the KKK!” — in the last few months. (And lest we forget, the adoption of the “Sic Semper Tyrannis,” the imprecation of John Wilkes Booth, as suitable for T-shirts and posters.)

You get hardened. Or, perhaps, seasoned — a gentler word.

And maybe the folk blues should be really attributed to the southern slave owners, too, because without them, how would have African Americans ever come up with it?

Much in common with the man attesting the Civil War was about “states rights.” Paisley thought “Accidental Racist” would win him praise. Instead, it 86’d his new album in one week. Both instances of the complete cognitive disconnect in WhiteManistan.

Paisley’s song of treacly moaning about being a misunderstood southern boy sounds even more pathetic than the day it was leaked. It is the very essence of awful.

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