Sunday, March 12, 2017

Levin's apologetics for the neo-Confederate

Kevin Levin has this blog, "The First Female Black Confederate?"

It is in reference to this article in which the South Carolina decided to honor a "female African-American Confederate veteran."

Levin opens his blog posting with a statement, "I've said many times that the vast majority of people who believe or push the black Confederate narrative do not do so for nefarious reasons. They are not promoting history in support of a Lost Cause agenda."

Levin just thinks they are just poor historians for whom, he the great expert, will show them the way.

The article shows a picture and who is in the picture? Reginal Miller, South Carolina Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans; Ann Shugart, state president of the South Carolina Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Judy McCardle, third vice-president of the South Carolina Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy; and Mary M. Bailey, registrar of the South Carolina Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

Seems like promoting the Lost Cause is part of this award.

Also, a Confederate of African ancestry being honored for supporting the Confederacy, a nation created to preserve slavery and white supremacy would be a traitor to justice and honoring such a person would be nefarious.

This search for Confederates of African ancestry or to find African Americans to defend the Confederacy is part of a very long history of finding some African American to endorse some racist policy or practice. During the 1950s the White Citizen's Councils newspaper would mention African American groups that were against integration. Zora Neale Hurston's denunciations of the civil rights movement are also quoted by persons were opposed to the civil rights movement. Walter Williams had a column in the "Southern Partisan" after it was denounced in the media. Martin Luther King Jr. has a niece who as his niece voices opposition to various liberal policies. I don't know what King's 2nd and 3rd grand nieces and grand nephews are doing though.

This is a fairly good indication of what Levin's book is going to be about. A very narrow technical historical analysis isolated from a larger practice in American history.

I have been thinking about writing something on claims of African Confederates, but felt that it will be dealt with elsewhere and I will focus on something else. Obviously now I realize that it need to write the book on the topic.

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