April is Confederate Heritage Month in Alabama — because of course it is — and that means public celebrations and all kinds of ahistorical lies and some literal whitewashing of history. Like the current attorney general of Alabama, who says the Confederacy defended a “special and unique” way of life.
At one such event this week, organized by the Ladies’ Memorial Association, Alabama’s Secretary of State John Merrill lamented recent calls to remove Confederate symbols from government buildings.
“The next question that has to be asked is so what’s the next thing you are going to do,” he asked, “are you going to take a bulldozer to the monument and forget what people fought for to preserve a way of life that makes us special and unique?”
Uh, yeah. Because slavery was totally “special and unique.” That is, of course, the “way of life” that the Confederacy was defending, as declared by every single secession declaration of each state that tried to leave. But Merrill bizarrely thinks that what makes Alabama “special and unique” is that they’re rugged individualists who don’t need no help from that evil federal government:
“When we have things happen in our state, we don’t rely on the federal government to come take care of us,” he said. “We take care of ourselves. For example, after the tornadoes in 2011, or after the massive flooding we had. That’s who we are. That’s who these people were. I’m proud of that.”
Hey, guess what? On the list of states most dependent on federal money, Alabama ranks 9th. A whopping 36.5% of all state budget revenue in Alabama comes from the federal government. And yeah, Alabama sure was taking care of themselves before the Civil War, weren’t they? That’s why they had to enslave vast numbers of people to work for them for free, because they’re so self-reliant and shit.