Dear SHNV Friends,

Almost every Southerner I hear attempt to defend the South to PC people today includes, somewhere early in the conversation, a statement avowing their condemnation of slavery. It seems to me overly gratuitous and at times I have thought it just might be disingenuous. It is like saying "No, I am not a racist anymore. Why I even have a black friend." No liberal cares about this approach and it signals to the liberal that you want or even “need” to be respected by them. This makes it appear that you are on the defensive right from the beginning of what often proves to be a punishing and repetitive dialogue.

Another pusillanimous statement that repeatedly proves to be counter-productive is "My family fought for the South, and they did not own any slaves. My family certainly didn’t fight to keep their slaves.  They didn’t have any." This is another weak approach that places you on the defensive and in many cases is not true. This kind of reaction is typical of the subjugation mentality that seeks to establish itself in a hostile and divisive PC society. This means that the conversation on our part is often dishonest and lessens your credibility. Honesty, candidness and integrity are strong medicine and are a measure of good character in any society, especially a society that thrives in profound duplicity. The most dismissive and foolish argument some present goes something like this, “Well, things were different way back then, and that was then, but this is now. We can’t judge the people of the past by our culture today. We can’t judge our ancestor’s by our standards.” This is likely the most feeble of our responses and requires a special kind of political ignorance to even weakly offer this explanation.

Think about it for a moment. First, people accuse “us” of slavery as well as those who fought the war. A slave worked half a day six days a week for his owner and the other half a day for himself. Today an American pays an average of 73.4% of all they earn to some form of taxation. This figure includes what we call “hidden taxes” that are passed on to the consumer. For example, a loaf of bread has 117 taxes attached to it before it is sold from the grocery store shelves. Some of these taxes amount to half a cent or so, but 117 separate taxes add up quickly. We pay 23.4% more of what we earn in taxes than did American slaves.

The total amount of hidden taxes exceeds what we pay in federal tax, State tax, social security and medicare combined. It does not occur to the northern liberal/socialist that all Americans are more enslaved to the USA government today than African Negroes were to their “slave owners.” Contemporary slavery is acceptable to them and they call us unAmerican when we apply the principles of our U.S. Founder’s view of government to our day. They really are not just pro-slavery today, but force it on all American’s black and white while Southerner’s oppose slavery historically as well as in the present.

Jeff Hodges added this frequently made mistake. “Another counter-productive statement that I hear often when someone mentions their Confederate ancestors is ‘they fought for what they thought was right.’ No, they WERE right! If every single Confederate soldier had owned 100 or more slaves they would have still been right and I would support them wholeheartedly with no apologies or reservations.” The war indeed was not about American slavery, and the propaganda after the war only used the topic to impune a false sense guilt in the Southerner to justify the tyranny of the United States.

After this pseudo-apologetic social debacle follows extended conversations about slavery and how good it was under Christian Southerners; thus, forever tying our Southern political and social issues in the minds of others to the now non-existent issue of African slavery. The PC enemies of truth and the South do not give a flip about the truths of American slavery.  Finally comes the ultimate and final confession from the Southerner that we are really better off today that “we” lost the war; afterall we needed to be united so that Germany could be stopped in World War’s I and II and so that the United States could remain free. The most “reconstructed” of us often chime in adding that Robert E. Lee was a “murder of American’s.” Making this argument arises out of a deep well of gullibility that is too amazing for words.

“Red” in “That 70’s Show” had an expression for this apologetic and forever repenting approach which I will have the grace to not repeat.  How long will we voluntarily hang on the cross of eternal repentance? We can do better than this.

Timothy D. Manning, M.Div
Executive Director
160 Longbridge Drive
Kernersville, North Carolina 27284
Phone: (336) 420-5355
Email: tim@thesouthernpartisan.com