League of the South President Laments Lack of Racism

In case you had any doubts at all that the League of the South was an explicitly white supremacist organization, this essay by League president Michael Hill should put those to rest. In it, he laments the fact that the “new south” just isn’t as racist as the old south that he so yearns to return to.

Several years ago, a pro-South pastor told me that even the most hardcore, traditionalist Southerners in our own day are reconstructed to one degree or another. Though I hate to admit it, I think he is correct.

You see, there is a great gulf between what most “Confederate” Southerners believe in 2014 and what their ancestors believed a century or more ago. The purpose of this article is to point out how our thinking has changed over that time span, why it changed, and what we can—and must—do about it now if the true South is to survive.

White Man’s Country

1n 1928, historian Ulrich B. Phillips called the South “a white man’s country.” [“The Central Theme of Southern History,” American Historical Review 34 (October 1928), p. 31.] From the beginning of their history in the early 17th century, Southerners had taken this statement as an unchallenged fact, and the presence of an alien race in their midst drove it home with added emphasis. Few if any Southerners, or for that matter Northerners, believed in racial equality at the time of the War for Southern Independence nor in the decades to follow. That Phillips made his non-controversial (at the time) statement more than six decades after the end of that war speaks volumes about the stubbornness of what is now vilified as “white supremacy.” Thus, I think it is safe to say that our Confederate ancestors and their descendants for at least two generations would qualify as “racists” and “white supremacists” by today’s definitions of the terms.

By the late 1880s, there was a movement afoot to create a New South to replace what had been lost during the war and subsequent Reconstruction. On the face of it, it would seem that this New South would lay its foundation by repudiating the racial ideas of the Old South. But one of the most famous disciples of the New South, Henry Grady of Atlanta, thought differently. Grady stated in an 1888 speech about the New South:

“. . . the supremacy of the white race of the South must be maintained forever, and the domination of the negro race resisted at all points and at all hazards, because the white race is the superior race… [This declaration] shall run forever with the blood that feeds Anglo-Saxon hearts”. [G. Myrdal and S. Bok, An American dilemma: the Negro problem and modern democracy, p. 1354].

Thus not only men of the Old South and the Confederacy held these “racist” views, but so did many of those who represented the New South a century or so ago. Things indeed have changed!

Awww. He has a sad. It must be so terrible for you not to be able to lynch, enslave and discriminate against black people anymore. Oh, the humanity!

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  • http://florilegia.wordpress.com Ibis3, Let’s burn some bridges

    Why the scare quotes around racist I wonder? I mean what else is the notion that “the white race is the superior race”?

  • http://www.thelosersleague.com theschwa

    “Awww. He has a sad. It must be so terrible for you not to be able to lynch, enslave and discriminate against black people anymore. Oh, the humanity!”

    Don’t gloat, Ed. You, me, and every every atheist will feel the same way once they take OUR ability to lynch, enslave, murder, and discriminate against Christians!!

  • jabber4

    No…it is pretty much the same here as it always was in Tennessee. I am always amazed at how this state can be sooo far ahead in uses of solar, wind power, electric charging stations in parking garages here in Knoxville, extremely fast (and cheap) internet speed in Chattanooga, lots of recycling and LOADS of Prius’s and hybrids……..and be so backwards when it come to race and religion! (We moved here from other states…)

  • Ben P

    Why the scare quotes around racist I wonder? I mean what else is the notion that “the white race is the superior race”?

    If I had to hazard a guess (and this is sheer speculation, but peering into people’s thought patterns is something I try to do), I’d say that he and his compatriots probably see themselves, un-ironically, as the actors in Kipling’s “The White Man’s Burden.” Kipling’s poem describes natives as “new-caught, sullen peoples, half devil and half child,” and describes the duty of the imperial powers to better their lives whether they want it or not.

    I suspect that if given the opportunity Michael Hill would gladly offer and expound on theories claiming that African Americans statistically have lower intelligence and other similar things. He would probably also go into culture. He would argue these represent facts, and that recognizing “facts” is not racist, but simply recognizing reality. He would probably argue liberals are the delusional ones, and and I can say with relatively high confidence he’d probably point to a city like Detroit and say “that’s what happens when you let ‘them’ manage themselves.”

    I want to be clear again that I believe this is all BS, but I’d guess it’s a good approximation of how he justifies this in his own head.

  • John Pieret

    the presence of an alien race in their midst

    And who the fucks fault was that? Black people didn’t invade the US, numbnuts!

  • lldayo

    And who the fucks fault was that? Black people didn’t invade the US, numbnuts!

    What’re you talking about? They got on board ships headed to this country to sneak in, ILLEGALLY, so that they can take the jobs of ‘Muricans on the plantations and have free hand outs of food and housing on top of it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/eo.raptor.3 eoraptor

    @5 & @6

    Well, neither northerner nor southerner thought much of the indigenous population; you know, the First Nations people. Though, how one classifies a native population as alien escapes me.

  • suttkus

    In my experience, racists don’t consider themselves racists, they consider people more racist than them racists. Essentially, to them, “racist” means “denigrating non-whites more than they deserve to be denigrated”, while their own opinions are simply accurate, thus not racist.