reply to post by Grifter42
I'm a Louisiana boy myself. I could'nt agree more about your sentiments of being a Southerner. The area I'm in has not only Southern American, but
French, Creole, indian and Spanish cultures here also. Heck, the town I live in was originally settled as a Spanish fort 300 years ago. So there is
alot of history and culture here.
Unfortunately, most people just accept the simplified black and white version and leave it at that. Then they get mad when you discuss things like:
The emancipation proclomation and the gettysburg address should have been done at the start of the war if the purpose of the war was really to free
They ignore the fact that black men signed up in droves for the confederate armies.
They usually look befuddled when you talk about the "wage slaves" in the North.
They have never heard of how Lincoln deliberately positioned the Federals in such a manner at fort Sumpter that the south had no choice but to attack
effectively making the South look like the aggressors when in fact the North had long been waging a "tariff war" on Southern imports.
Every time I have ever read a soldiers account of the war, not one time have I ever seen a soldier say he joined the confederate army to keep slavery.
There are quite a few of them that talked about an oppressive federal government that they wanted to get away from though.
And yes, movies and TV do nothing but reinforce the "bad whitey" stereotypical white southerner KKK redneck racist.
The American government did then what it still does now, history is written by the victors. So what sounds better for the history books? That you
waged a war that killed millions of Americans becasue you were freeing the slaves? Or that you put down a rebellion of a bunch of good ol boys that
wanted to govern themselves.
it does'nt faze me though, let them think what they want. I know what really happened. And I have the facts to tell people who want to argue with me
Don't let it bother you though OP, that's why I have Early Cuyler as my avatar. Embrace the stereotype and people can't bother you with it. I have an
aunt from new york who is always talking about dumb Southerners this and that. All I have to say to her when she starts is one word. Pennsylvania. I
have been there and they make the folks in gulf coast Mississippi look like geniuses. I've never been anywhere in the world where stupid people
did'nt exist, if anyone finds one please let me know.
edit on 4-12-2013 by Cancerwarrior because: (no reason given)