From: Tim Manning
Date: Thu, Aug 4, 2011
To: Abbeville Institute <firstname.lastname@example.org>
HISTORY vs HERITAGE
Many people and most Southern movements get confused about the use of the terms “history” and “heritage.” Most love history, but have been systematically indoctrinated into a hatred of Christian Southern heritage.
Knowledge about your family, who they were, what they did, why they did it, where they lived, their religion, their culture and their politics is "family history." The fact that you feel they did the right thing at the right time is an “appreciation” of that history about which you may be very proud, but that is not heritage.
Believing that “the South was right” is an assessment of history which may or may not have to do with heritage. Heritage is what you do.
Heritage is defined as "Valued objects and qualities such as cultural traditions, unspoiled countryside, and historic buildings that have been passed down from previous generations." Heritage is about what we do, what we have and who we are today. It is what we accept, believe in and take from the past that we adopt as "our own."
That my ancestors were Confederates is history. That I am a Confederate is an act of heritage. History is about yesterday. Heritage, based on the past, but is about today. While heritage considers history it is not history and having a knowledge and appreciation about the past. Heritage is about "My” culture, “my” politics, and “my” spiritual life. Heritage is about “me” and “TODAY”!
Southerners are generally interested in history, but most are too reconstructed and reprogrammed to have a dedication to heritage. Many are too ignorant or too brainwashed to understand and appreciate this difference. This has been the greatest weakness and failure of most Southern movements including SCV.
Notably heritage may be about our supporting 1) Independence of our States, 2) freedom, 3) liberty, 4) secession, 5) fighting tyranny, 6) maintaining our family’s spiritual beliefs, 7) their culture, 8) their property, 9) living in their State or Southern States or among a people that share those common values and morals, and 10) seeing their enemies as your enemies.