Open Letter To Tim Wise
I have to tell you this time you made me smile instead of making me angry in attacking Confederate Symbols. I suspect I will be alone in that view as I’ve already heard 5 or 6 people who want to burn you in effigy, and one or two (I’m making this up, artistic license, sort of like you used) who suggested doing the burning of your actual carcuss. Anyone who can write fiction as well as you should be allowed to continue until hell freezes over, certainly not anytime soon.
We discussed the neo-con label during your last article. It is insulting and if GOD would grant my earnest prayer to return us both to a time when dueling were still legal I would gladly slap you silly with my gauntlet and challenge you to a duel. I digress though, while I can never convince you of anything, even if it were penned by GOD himself, the term Neo-Con was concocted by the SPLC when they ran out of racist groups to sue. Show me a single article written prior to 1991 that uses that phrase? Can’t do it can you, but of course that doesn’t make you wrong just a mimic of an organization who has the lowest rating among non-profit organizations in the world. Good company Tim, you and Morris Dees belong in bed together. He would treat you just like he treats everyone else, and I can’t finish that thought. The Neo-Con label is just stupid Tim, people who have lived their whole lives celebrating the Confederacy can’t be Neo anything. Check your dictionary, I know I’m right.
No serious student of history can deny that Slavery was one of many issues that North and South disagreed on, but you cut off the argument just where it gets interesting. Why were the Southern States so upset because Slavery could not spread to the new States? Gee, what a great question, its a shame you didn’t bother to answer it. The facts were and are that there were many more white folks in the Northern States and because of that disparity in numbers, the House of Representatives was overwhelmingly Northern in Majority of numbers. The only thing that kept the lid on sectional conflict was the fact that for every Free State that entered the Union, a Slave state was admitted. This didn’t address the inequity in House Membership where the South was routinely outvoted, but in the Senate every State got the same two votes. This controlled to a limited extent the rape and pillage of the South through repressive tariffs, and the same for internal improvements made in the North with taxes collected in the South. Once more free States were present in the Senate the South was going to be a vassal group of States, with no restrictions in how much plunder the Yankees could steal.
It is a shame that you can read all the Southern Articles of Secession, except those of the Border States, but can’t read contrary points, such as President Lincoln’s 1st inaugural address, I’ll help you a little there Tim since your Computer can’t find it.
""Apprehension seems to exist among the people of the Southern States that by the accession of a Republican Administration their property and their peace and personal security are to be endangered. There has never been any reasonable cause for such apprehension. Indeed, the most ample evidence to the contrary has all the while existed and been open to their inspection. It is found in nearly all the published speeches of him who now addresses you. I do but quote from one of those speeches when I declare that—
I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so. 3
Those who nominated and elected me did so with full knowledge that I had made this and many similar declarations and had never recanted them; and more than this, they placed in the platform for my acceptance, and as a law to themselves and to me, the clear and emphatic resolution which I now read:
Resolved, That the maintenance inviolate of the rights of the States, and especially the right of each State to order and control its own domestic institutions according to its own judgment exclusively, is essential to that balance of power on which the perfection and endurance of our political fabric depend; and we denounce the lawless invasion by armed force of the soil of any State or Territory, no matter what pretext, as among the gravest of crimes.
I understand a proposed amendment to the Constitution—which amendment, however, I have not seen—has passed Congress, to the effect that the Federal Government shall never interfere with the domestic institutions of the States, including that of persons held to service. To avoid misconstruction of what I have said, I depart from my purpose not to speak of particular amendments so far as to say that, holding such a provision to now be implied constitutional law, I have no objection to its being made express and irrevocable." (This was the original 13th amendment).
Making the assumption your reading abilities are unimpaired, and that you have a little common sense, it is plainly stated that if the Southern States would peacefully rejoin the Union then Slavery would be protected into perpetuity. Of more vital interest is what isn’t said or implied, that being there is no proposed amendments, nor intent on the part of the Government to allow new States to be allowed to enter the Union as Slave states. So while the institution of Slavery would have been Constitutionally protected and certainly lasted longer than it did, this in no way addressed the fact that all political power and the ability to control where money was collected and spent would reside solely in the North.
I suppose where you were the most humorous Tim was when you went to such great lengths to point out that West Virginia seceded from Virginia and became the 35th State in June of 1863. Of course Tim, the Emancipation Proclamation was issued in Jan. of 1863 which freed slaves in those states and parts of States in conflict with the Union President. Now real quickly Tim, what was the last Slave State admitted to the Union? Was it Missouri, Texas, or some other state? Why bless my soul, Tim, it was West Virginia. A designated Slave State admitted to the Union after the emancipation Proclamation was issued. I’m just a dumb old Indian Preacher Tim, but I find that pretty hypocritical, sort of like living in the South, enjoying what has made the South great including celebrating our ancestors, and then braying like an ass about that which is wrong with the South. We had a fairly well known philosopher in the South, Louis Grizzard. Louis had a saying about people who consistently criticized the South, its people and its ways. "Delta is ready when you are, and don’t let the door hit you in the butt on the way out". Lord how I wish you would follow his advice!
Finally Tim, we have your statement that many people are terrorized by the Confederate Battle Flag. I hate to attempt logic with an illogical person like you, but I’ll try. Follow along with me Tim, the Slave ships were all, I repeat all, owned by the folks located in the NE, those ships flew the American Flag. Slavery was legal in the US for 89 years, in the Confederacy for 4. Slavery ended in the Confederate States in April of 1865, yet it didn’t end in the Northern States until that state ratified the Amendment. So Slavery existed in Union States until Dec. 1865, and even longer when the State and Federal Government didn’t really enforce the law until several years later. It was a common argument in the North that Servants were not slaves. I’m sure had you been alive in that time in history you would have agreed with someone, I’m just not sure who? Back to the Confederate Battle Flag being an instrument of terror. Once again no Confederate Heritage Supporter I know anywhere denies that our beloved Flag was improperly used by jackasses during the 1960’s to show their displeasure with advances in Civil Rights, to the best of my extensive knowledge in this area, the Confederate Battle Flag was the only Confederate Flag co-opted by hate groups such as the KKK. It is an extremely well known fact that the hate organizations have prior to that time and since that time also had two permanent symbols, the American Flag, and the Christian Cross, Usually burning. The KKK for instance in its three incarnations has always used the American Flag, in fact during the KKK million man march on Washington DC during the 1920’s the only flag present, according to both newsreels and still pictures, was the American Flag. Now Tim, if your arguments are to be in the least logical, you have to condemn the American Flag which flew over the Slave Ships which lost 1/3 of the slaves who entered those floating death boats. Think about that Tim, if the historians are correct and fully 8,000,000 slaves were carried successfully across the oceans from Africa that means fully 4,000,000 died on the trip to the US. Now lets compare that 4,000,000 deaths to those that took place in the Confederacy. There were the Slave Death Camps located in, help me Tim where were most of the Slaves held and Slaughtered in the Confederacy, I can’t seem to find it? Oh there weren’t any Slave Death Camps! According to independent writers from England, Black Deaths in captivity occurred at exactly at the same rate as the white people around them. Dad gum Tim, I thought sure you had us there, but I guess not. The Northern States furnished the ships that killed 4,000,000 slaves, and the ports where the other 8,000,000 entered the US, all under the US flag.
So let me see if I understand your logic? The North started Slavery, made the most profits off Slavery, killed millions more slaves than were killed or even died in the South, has the last slave state WV that entered the Union after the emancipation Proclamation in 1863, and didn’t free their slaves until at least 8 months (or longer) after the war? Then the same American Flag that flew over all those slave deaths, was adopted by the KKK and other hate groups who still fly it today. Despite these facts you can understand why the Confederate Battle Flag which was first used some 45 years ago by some but certainly not all, KKK and other hate groups is considered a instrument of hate. Tim that is hilarious, are you auditioning for a Comedy writers job? Where is your criticism of the American Flag, of the Christian Cross, both of which have been used longer and more widely than the Confederate Flag.
Gee you somehow forgot to mention that until the NAACP was losing money by the basket and losing members at the same rate, Julian Bond came up with the strategy of attacking everything Confederate in 1991 (*According to the NAACP website). Now in a time when 1 in 4 Black Children are being killed by other Blacks, almost 70% of the Black Children being born are into a single household, over 70% of all Black Children have used or are using drugs, nearly 3/4 of all Black Teens have had unprotected sex, and STD’s including Aids is running rampant among Black People of all ages, you’d think that the NAACP would concentrate on the issues that affect their quality of life.
Let me ask you something Tim, if every vestige of the Confederacy vanished in a second, can you name me a single Black person whose quality of life would be improved? I can name you a bunch whose lives would be ruined, Julian Bond and all the other employees at the NAACP headquarters. If the Confederacy vanished the NAACP would follow within a month, or they would have to start doing what they should be doing now, working to advance and improve the quality of life among the Black Citizens of the United States.
Of course you won’t agree and certainly this letter will never see the light of print, but let me leave you with this thought from Mark Twain, It is better to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. – Mark Twain
I can’t wait for the next installment where you point out that the 4,000,000 slaves who died crossing the ocean were the Confederates fault. You are a great fiction writer.
May GOD treat you like you deserve!
Dr. William H. Swann