The need for some to hold on to a period of American history that included the torture, human degradation and enslavement of other people remains shameful. Yet some have attempted to revise the history of America’s civil war period as if it was the romantic vision seen in the first few scenes of Gone With the Wind. The need for various Republicans (…do any Democrats do this? No.) to give energy to that fantasy is re-emerging with Donald Trump and Steve Bannon sitting in the White House.
A few weeks ago it was Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King. This time around it’s a Republican running for Governor of Virginia as candidate for Governor Corey Stewart just HAD to declare that the confederate flag isn’t about racism or slavery on April 8 at an event called, you guessed it, the “Old South Ball.”
The confederate flag isn’t about racism or slavery said Stewart. Nah. You would think that the deaths of over 620,000 warring over slavery would be enough to put that question to rest. Apparently not.
When one of Virginia’s Republican candidates for Governor feels the need to say, 152 years after the end of the civil war, that Virginia is, “the state of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson” and “I’m proud to be next to the Confederate flag” what does it say about the modern Republican Party?
Stewart went on to brag about how he brought a woman forward at a Roanoke rally who was holding a confederate flag. He then says, as seen on a video provided by Lowell Feld and Blue Virginia, that:
“That flag is not about racism folks. It’s not about hatred. It’s not about slavery. It’s about our heritage. It’s time that we here in Virginia — if we don’t do it here in Virginia who else will — it’s time that we stop running away from our heritage. It’s time that we embrace it. It’s time that we embrace our history and embrace out heritage and we take back Virginia.”