Yesterday, the Alt-Right came to Charlottesville to defend Southern heritage.
It makes sense when you think about it. As Richard Spencer has repeatedly said, the Alt-Right is about identity. These Confederate monuments are expressions of Southern identity. They were erected by the sons and grandsons of the Confederate generation and were put in prominent public spaces in the South as a tribute to the sacrifices of our fathers in the War Between the States.
Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson are Southern heroes. 1 out of every 4 Southern White men died in the War Between the States. 1 out of every 3 were maimed or killed. The horrific toll of that war has no parallel in our history. It’s not like there are only Confederate monuments in the South. There are Union monuments in the North which were erected for the same reasons.
Those monuments were built as an act of love. They are about us, our identity and how we remember our ancestors. The people who want to destroy those monuments to our dead also want to destroy and replace us, their living descendants, and make life miserable here for future generations. It’s not about the Confederacy. The same communist logic will eventually be used to destroy Union monuments.
Abraham Lincoln was a racist and white supremacist. The American flag represents slavery, white supremacy and settler-colonialism just as much if not more so than the Confederate flag. The Union Army was full of racists and white supremacists. The whole conflict was provoked by the desire of the Republican Party to keep blacks out of the Western territories. But that’s history.
We see where this is going. That is the reason why there were Northerners in attendance at that vigil last night in Lee Park. This is about wiping all of us out – all of us for being White. This isn’t about history so much as it is about the modern day Mao Zedong’s and their Cultural Revolution. As I was watching the vigil last night, I was also following #WhitePeople which was trending on Twitter.
This cultural genocide isn’t going to end with monuments. It never does.
Note: The Alt-Right rally in Charlottesville last night was a vigil about defending Southern monuments. The message was you will not replace us. It was defensive.