League of the South Celebrates Lincoln Assassination

This weekend the racist, pro-slavery, neo-Confederate League of the South of Maryland and Virginia held a celebration of the 150th anniversary of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth. Because “he needed killing,” of course.

Members of the Maryland-Virginia chapter of the League of the South (LOS) are set to host an event celebrating John Wilkes Booth’s assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

The event, organized by Shane Long, the Vice Chairman of the Maryland-Virginia LOS, is scheduled to take place in Baltimore on April 11th.

“The Maryland-Virginia League of the South commemorates the actions of Mr. John Wilkes Booth of Maryland who, motivated by the tyranny his Southern people faced, answered his calling with courage and fortitude,” states the Facebook page for the event.

Next week they’ll probably be holding a huge party to celebrate all the black people lynched in the South after the Civil War, complete with a Vanilla Ice impersonator.

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  • Chiroptera

    …motivated by the tyranny his Southern people faced….

    The tyranny of not being allowed to own people as property.

    Come to think of it, wasn’t that the same tyranny that led the Anglo-Texans to secede from Mexico?

  • http://twitter.com/#!/TabbyLavalamp Tabby Lavalamp

    Could you imagine what they’d be doing if racism wasn’t finished in the United States?

  • MikeMa

    Yup, post racial America is here.

  • whheydt

    Perhaps someone needs to hold a near by commemoration for the death of John Wilkes Booth on the grounds that he deserved to die for having committed premeditated murder of the Commander in Chief of the United States.

  • ed440

    Baltimore City is 80% or more African American. He’ll have a nice warm reception there.

  • Taz

    Nothing says courage like sneaking up behind someone and shooting them in the back of the head.

  • caseloweraz

    So the League of the South condones the murder of a president by one man who took it into his head that the president was a tyrant? I’d say they’ve sowed the wind there, and are likely to reap the whirlwind.

  • busterggi

    And they all consider themselves to be true patriots with Confederate flags their emblem.

  • bryanfeir

    All the more depressing in that, when you get right down to it, Booth’s assassination of Lincoln sabotaged the Reconstruction by not only putting the rather less politically capable Johnson in charge, but also giving more ammunition to the folks that thought the South needed to be punished rather than rebuilt.

    In other words, Booth’s actions almost certainly left the South considerably worse off.

  • peterh

    @ #9:

    It always ruins a good pie fight when facts get dragged into the matter.

  • Al Dente

    It’s the general consensus among historians that Lincoln’s death was the worst thing that happened to the post-Civil War South.

  • Scr… Archivist

    So is a member of the League of the South a “LOSer”?

  • Johnny Vector

    Well, Sondheim was half-right.

    How could you do it, Johnny,

    Calling it a cause?

    You left a legacy of butchery and treason we

    Took eagerly.

    And thought you’d get applause.

    But traitors just get jeers and boos,

    Not visits to their graves.

    While Lincoln, who got mixed reviews,

    Because of you, John, now gets only raves.

  • felidae

    The South will rise again!–I’m still waiting

  • peterh

    What’s this “again” noise?

  • lorn

    IMO a good case can be made that the South won the Civil War:



    Don’t forget that a whole lot of people simply don’t know, even the official version:


  • whheydt

    There’s an article on Slate about a guy who traced the route of Booth’s flight, with pictures on locations along it as they are now. One point noted in the article is that people leave flowers on Booth’s grave.

  • lorn

    Hey Ed, a little help here for #16. Its held up in moderation.

    I know I shouldn’t have used all three links, but they are all legit and support the point, I promise. Two links would have worked but the third seals the deal.