Pat Hines, chairman of the board of the white nationalist, neo-confederate group League of the South, went on CNN to defend the Confederate flag and ended up making the case against it instead. He started by claiming it’s a tribute to his ancestors, who fought against the invasion of South Carolina.
Don Lemon hosted the chairman Monday night of the South Carolina white nationalist League of the South to defend the Confederate symbol, reported Mediaite.
“We think it’s a memorial to our ancestors who fought to stop an invasion of South Carolina by the United States,” explained Pat Hines, the neo-Confederate group’s chairman.
And the reason why South Carolina seceded? Because of slavery. They made this abundantly clear in their secession declaration.
In the present case, that fact is established with certainty. We assert that fourteen of the States have deliberately refused, for years past, to fulfill their constitutional obligations, and we refer to their own Statutes for the proof…
The same article of the Constitution stipulates also for rendition by the several States of fugitives from justice from the other States.
The General Government, as the common agent, passed laws to carry into effect these stipulations of the States. For many years these laws were executed. But an increasing hostility on the part of the non-slaveholding States to the institution of slavery, has led to a disregard of their obligations, and the laws of the General Government have ceased to effect the objects of the Constitution. The States of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin and Iowa, have enacted laws which either nullify the Acts of Congress or render useless any attempt to execute them. In many of these States the fugitive is discharged from service or labor claimed, and in none of them has the State Government complied with the stipulation made in the Constitution. The State of New Jersey, at an early day, passed a law in conformity with her constitutional obligation; but the current of anti-slavery feeling has led her more recently to enact laws which render inoperative the remedies provided by her own law and by the laws of Congress. In the State of New York even the right of transit for a slave has been denied by her tribunals; and the States of Ohio and Iowa have refused to surrender to justice fugitives charged with murder, and with inciting servile insurrection in the State of Virginia. Thus the constituted compact has been deliberately broken and disregarded by the non-slaveholding States, and the consequence follows that South Carolina is released from her obligation.
The right of property in slaves was recognized by giving to free persons distinct political rights, by giving them the right to represent, and burthening them with direct taxes for three-fifths of their slaves; by authorizing the importation of slaves for twenty years; and by stipulating for the rendition of fugitives from labor.
We affirm that these ends for which this Government was instituted have been defeated, and the Government itself has been made destructive of them by the action of the non-slaveholding States. Those States have assume the right of deciding upon the propriety of our domestic institutions; and have denied the rights of property established in fifteen of the States and recognized by the Constitution; they have denounced as sinful the institution of slavery; they have permitted open establishment among them of societies, whose avowed object is to disturb the peace and to eloign the property of the citizens of other States. They have encouraged and assisted thousands of our slaves to leave their homes; and those who remain, have been incited by emissaries, books and pictures to servile insurrection.
For twenty-five years this agitation has been steadily increasing, until it has now secured to its aid the power of the common Government. Observing the *forms* [emphasis in the original] of the Constitution, a sectional party has found within that Article establishing the Executive Department, the means of subverting the Constitution itself. A geographical line has been drawn across the Union, and all the States north of that line have united in the election of a man to the high office of President of the United States, whose opinions and purposes are hostile to slavery. He is to be entrusted with the administration of the common Government, because he has declared that that “Government cannot endure permanently half slave, half free,” and that the public mind must rest in the belief that slavery is in the course of ultimate extinction.
Guess what? That was the only reason offered for why South Carolina seceded, because the northern states and the federal government were becoming hostile to the idea that they could own other human beings. The Texas declaration of secession was even more blunt:
We hold as undeniable truths that the governments of the various States, and of the confederacy itself, were established exclusively by the white race, for themselves and their posterity; that the African race had no agency in their establishment; that they were rightfully held and regarded as an inferior and dependent race, and in that condition only could their existence in this country be rendered beneficial or tolerable.
White supremacy FTW!
“The flag is where it is as a memorial site,” Hines countered. “The entire site around the flagpole, with the flag is a memorial to, for instance, my ancestors. I had five South Carolina ancestors, then one from North Carolina, who fought in the Civil War.”
They fought for the right to continue to own slaves. That’s it. There’s no point in pretending otherwise.
The white nationalist group leader then turned his attention to Kimpson, the black lawmaker who represents Charleston, using rhetoric from the White Genocide Project endorsed by League of the South President Michael Hill.
“What I don’t understand is why the state senator is moving to do cultural genocide on the southern men and women,” Hines said, as Lemon reacted in shock. “ I don’t get that. Maybe he’s not from the South – I don’t really know him.”
Cultural genocide! Hilarious.