Keegan Hankes has published his article on the Oxford protest.
I don’t have any objection to the content of the article. I will note, however, that we didn’t bring any signs to Oxford because we decided to go on the spur of the moment. I’m not sure who was using the “Anti-racism is the brainchild of racism” sign, but that person wasn’t affiliated with the League.
The SCV has a dilemma: on the one hand, they want to honor the memory of their Confederate ancestors, but on the other hand they want to embrace the racial and cultural values of the Black Republicans – the election of a “Black Republican” president, Abraham Lincoln, was the occasion of secession – which triumphed during the 20th century Civil Rights Movement. They want to be accepted as good modern Americans, but modern American values cannot coexist with Confederate heritage.
It’s interesting to watch this play out. The forces of “anti-racism” and “civil rights” are always clashing with “Southern heritage,” but the “Southern heritage” movement is for anti-racism and civil rights, although their affection for “that courageous Southerner Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” isn’t reciprocated. They recognize that the NAACP is their staunch political enemy, but at the same time they want to sit down in “brotherhood” with them.
With the exception of traitors like Gen. James Longstreet who became a Republican after the war and whose memory was loathed by generations of Southerners, most Confederates had very different racial and cultural views from their beleaguered descendants in the SCV.