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!