Heritage of hate: White supremacists in the South are observing Confederate Memorial Day, a celebration of treason, slavery, and racial hatred.
Confederate memorial Day is supposedly meant to “commemorate those who died fighting for secession from the United States over slavery and states’ rights.” However, in reality, the holiday simply serves as a reminder that a large minority of Americans are racist scum.
State government offices are closed today in Mississippi and Alabama for Confederate Memorial Day.
In Georgia the day has been called “State Holiday” since 2015, when Confederate Memorial Day and Robert E. Lee’s birthday were struck from the state calendar. The state holiday list says the official holiday is April 26, but this year it is being observed today.
The Root reports:
Alabama, like a bevy of other Southern states, observes Confederate Memorial Day on the fourth Monday in April. Mississippi, Florida and Texas all have some sort of state holiday for Confederates, and in Texas, the day is called Confederate Heroes Day and is held on Jan. 19…
And from Twitter:
Today Alabama observes Confederate Memorial Day. Here is what Alabama wrote when they seceded from the Union in 1861. This is what’s being celebrated as an official state holiday in 2018.
They rebuke the “downfall of slavery” and they fear “the lust of half-civilized Africans.” pic.twitter.com/dyMHhYRtWI
— Clint Smith (@ClintSmithIII) April 23, 2018
Today in Alabama is White Domestic Terrorist Day. They call it Confederate Memorial Day. This means all kids are out of school on a day to celebrate folks who wanted to keep Black people enslaved. Imagine Jews being forced to recognize Adolf Hitler Day. SAME THING.— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) April 23, 2018
Today in Alabama, state offices are closed. Today is Confederate Memorial Day. This is one of three state holidays in AL that honor white supremacy. We are standing with @faithinactional to call for an end of these days honoring the confederacy. pic.twitter.com/lkxxbQMX3z
— Southern Poverty Law Center (@splcenter) April 23, 2018
Friday: Nazi rally in Georgia.
Saturday: White supremacist targets/kills people of color in Tennessee.
Today: Confederate Memorial Day—glorifying traitors who fought to keep Blacks enslaved—in the South.
The US has a deep white supremacy problem. It’s not talked about enough.
— Pé Resists (@4everNeverTrump) April 23, 2018
The state of Alabama could not have found a better way to give the middle finger to every African American citizen in the state. During the same week that a new lynching memorial will be dedicated, the state observes Confederate History Month https://t.co/AacMHrF3mr
— Kevin M. Levin (@KevinLevin) April 22, 2018
To be clear, any celebration of “Confederate Heritage” is a despicable celebration of the oppression of African-Americans; a celebration of treachery, treason, dishonor, and human degradation; a celebration of dishonorable men who committed treason in a failed attempt to preserve a system of inhumane oppression that kept black men and women in bondage as slaves.
Bottom line: Confederate Memorial Day is a celebration of racism, slavery, and bigotry – a celebration of a heritage of hate.