(May 26, 2019) When feeling compelled to respond, most modern American history professors deny hatred of Southerners, including those of the ante-bellum era. They also deny any inclination to ridicule Southerners. Unfortunately, the voices of their students indicate that the profs are liars.
Consider the reader comments to Paul Duggan’s five-month old Washington Post article about Confederate Heritage titled “Sins of the Fathers”. Duggan bases his article on an interview with Frank Earnest who is a sixty-two-year-old Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) member.
The article generated over 3,200 reader comments. I inspected the top one-hundred or so based upon their rank order by number of “likes.” The only historians mentioned by commenters were Eric Foner and James McPherson. Both are hostile to the Southern viewpoint. Foner taught at Columbia and McPherson at Princeton.
I chose to examine reader comments at The Post because I assume that its readers are college educated and likely attended institutions where professors subscribe to the Foner and McPherson school of Civil War and Reconstruction history. Additionally, Democrat college history professors outnumber Republicans by over seventeen-to-one and Confederate Heritage advocates lean Republican.
The reader comments undeniably disclosed widespread contempt for both present-day and historical Southerners. Moreover, the attitude appears to reflect commenter narcissism based upon their assumed moral superiority to Southerners whom they regard as depraved, stupid or both.
Regarding SCV member Frank Earnest:
Does this yahoo not know that his “rebel ancestors” are what is known as traitors?
“I kept hoping Frank would croak before I skim-read to the last paragraph . . .
I feel bad for thinking the same thing . . .
Frank is a moronic fossil who’s dying of COPD. No great loss. . .
Frank Earnest is an individual of adult age engaged in one of the oldest games played by stubborn, willful, adolescent boys –– “Bet You Can’t Change My Mind.” He lacks “Good Faith,” a fundamental quality required for what we call “Honesty.”
Manacle Frank and make him walk all the way to southern Mississippi while chained to a gang of others.
Make Frank pick cotton from daybreak to dark under a broiling sun.*
To quote Forrest Gump: “Stupid is as stupid does.”
Enough said from the Deep South.
He wants to keep living in his fantasy identity because he’s afraid that if he didn’t have it he wouldn’t be anything.
There’s WAY too many of these clowns to ignore. We have to face these jerks head-on.
Southerners as losers:
One day [Richmond’s] Monument Avenue popped up as a subject of discussion. I referred to it as “Loser’s Row.”
When people want to talk about the Confederate statues, I repeat a phrase I read somewhere—”you mean the trophies to second place losers?”
The topic is (supposedly) beneath the dignity of The Post’s readers:
Why on Earth would wapo showcase a twisted nutjob like this with so much free press?
These stories of attempting to humanize the neo-trash modern day Confederates just makes me realize they really are dumb and evil.
Note to Paul Duggan and the Washington Post: My life is too short to read a marathon story about delusional people.
What a waste of space and ink. They are simply filthy traitors.
Southerners who disagree with the Foner-McPherson School are bigoted dummies:
Fortunately only a few of these dummies are still around.
You obviously don’t live in Tennessee.
Or Alabama, or Mississippi. There are plenty of these folks around. Far too many.
Or North Carolina. Or South Carolina. Georgia. Florida.
I went to grade school in Alabama years ago. They were sure squealing about their Lost Cause then and still are. It was trash then and it’s trash now.
At their core, they believe that they would be rich if only they could have lived off the work of others. Lazy.
The widespread contempt for Confederate Heritage among Washington Post readers did not develop mysteriously like spontaneous combustion. It was taught. Although professors are entitled to disagree with Southern interpretations of the Civil War and Reconstruction, it is immoral and a breech of student-teacher trust to indoctrinate students to hate those who disagree with the profs.
Finally, writer Paul Duggan’s efforts to disguise his own contempt are only a nanometer deep. The Post should be ashamed to pander to such hatred. Their one-sided coverage of Confederate Symbols in article after article makes a mockery of the “democracy dies in darkness” motto.
* As late as 1940 two-thirds of Southern tenant farmer were white living under conditions comparable to Russian peasants.
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