Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

Class Discussion

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The other day in class when we were discussing the Confederate History Month that some of the southern states still celebrate, I realized that these people are still living in the past.  They are still trying to live during a time when our nation was not an equal nation and where slavery still existed.  It is very sad that people still want to remember and celebrate a time like that.  I would like to think that some of the people who are  celebrating Confederate History Month don’t realize that they are commemorating such a time in our nation’s history.  Hopefully these people will stop celebrating the confederacy once they realize that our country was not an equal nation then.


Written by tjurgonski

April 10, 2010 at 7:56 pm

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  1. I agree that it’s sad people want to remember and celebrate a time like that. I think that they are focusing on the many privileges they received during slavery days and refuse to look at the negative side of it. Many innocent African Americans were tortured and lost their live over something as simple as being black. This is definitely not worth celebrating.


    April 10, 2010 at 9:37 pm

  2. That’s not what the Confederacy was about….

    The whole Confederacy was about states rights: a fight between the national government and the state government and who has sovereignty. Originally the states had more power and after the Civil War, the most power started being held in the Federal government. Slavery was apart of this time period in history, a part of the South, NOT the confederacy :-/

    Slavery may have been a large component during this time, but its not the central idea behind the celebration of the Confederacy. The celebration is a historical remembrance of the state’s roles in our nation’s development.

    MANY slaves were freed prior to the Emancipation Proclamation, and served in the Confederate army willingly as free men. I am not justifying slavery but it’s hard to generalize the Confederacy in such a way that implies it was about enslaving blacks, because it’s just not.

    Like I said, I would never condone slavery but don’t ignore history either: around 20% of the south owned slaves because most people couldn’t even afford to–and the northern states were just as brutal if not more so to African Americans. The American Civil war forced the hand of Lincoln to speed up the abolishing of slavery, sad but true. Just like the horrors of the Holocaust fueled Americans to infiltrate but eventually ended the war.


    April 11, 2010 at 12:40 am

  3. I agree with you guys, that the confederate history supporters fail to recognize the many negative aspects that came with the confederate lifestyle and only want to glorify certain aspects.


    April 11, 2010 at 12:41 am

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