Keep the Confederate monuments. Rededicate them to our needs.

Statue of Robert E Lee in New Orleans

Summary: Rather than confront our problems, now mobs arise to attack statues. Dr. Torrance Stephens explains that these are tangible evidence of our past, showing important and painfully learned lessons we cannot afford to forget. We can neither punish the dead nor destroy our past, no matter how many statues we knock down. Instead let's … Continue reading Keep the Confederate monuments. Rededicate them to our needs.

American faux history: why did the South leave the Union?

Summary:  The history of the State-sponsored oppression of Black Americans (1776-1964) is the story about one of our two great national sins.  Rather than confess and repent, many Americans prefer to take refuge in lies (the other, our treatment of Native Americans, is resolved by amnesia).  However comforting, this both divides us and diminishes our ability to see ourselves clearly … Continue reading American faux history: why did the South leave the Union?

American faux history: could we have avoided the Civil War?

Summary:  The campaign of Ron Paul reminds us of two of the three great lies that comprise such a large fraction of American history: slavery, stealing land from the Indians, and the role of government in US economic development.  These not only exacerbate divisions in our society but provide a weak foundation for us -- preventing us from clearly … Continue reading American faux history: could we have avoided the Civil War?

It’s Confederate History Month in Virginia!

(1)  Proclamation by Bob McDonnell, Governor of Virginia (R), that April is Confederate History Month -- Red emphasis added, drawing attention to a nice touch by the Governor at the end of this proclamation (descendents of Virginia's slaves will appreciate it, perhaps). WHEREAS, April is the month in which the people of Virginia joined the Confederate States … Continue reading It’s Confederate History Month in Virginia!