On February 10, 2016, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant officially proclaimed April “Confederate History Month.” Typically, the proclamation made no mention of slavery, but instead put the focus on honoring Confederate soldiers who died on the battlefield.
Other Southern states that observe Confederate History Month in April are Alabama, Virginia, Georgia, Texas, Louisiana and Florida.
The proclamation came approximately two weeks before numerous pieces of legislation centered on the state flag, which incorporates the notorious Battle Flag of the Army of Northern Virginia were allowed to die without debate, as the deadline One would have stripped funding from colleges that refuse to fly the Mississippi state flag on their campuses and another would have replaced the offending Battle Flag from the Mississippi state flag and replaced it with a magnolia tree, a longtime symbol of the state.
Ironically, the proclamation was signed in Jackson, the state capital, a city which black people make up about four fifths of the population.
Not surprisingly, the Sons of Confederate Veterans, an organization that claims the War Between the States was fought more over commercial and religious reasons than over slavery, even though Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Texas definitely asserted in their secession declarations that the right to own and sell black people as property to be used to cut costs on labor down to zero was their primary reason for joining the Confederate States of America. They even stated that the right to practice slavery was essential to democracy.
In other words, they believed that democracy entailed depriving other ethnic groups of human rights for the sake of cheap labor, setting the precedent for racism and capitalism going together like peanut butter and chocolate.
And in the year of the Common Era 2016, just more than a century and a half following the surrender of the CSS Shenandoah at Liverpool, England on November 6, 1865, we see that the Civil War never ended, but just turned cold. That being said, to all the racist rubes who dare celebrate the seditious Southern States betraying the Union over the right to keep black people as property, this Connecticut Yankee says, “YOU LOST! GET OVER IT!”