Tip of the Iceberg

While I completely understand the desire to undermine the significance of the Confederate States of America and the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia which has come to be such an explicit symbol of racism under the disguise of southern heritage. And it is true that the Confederacy only lasted 4 years 1861 to 1865, which is a remarkably insignificant amount of time for a nation to exist.

I don’t know why these posts annoy me. I think it’s just the idea that this was a thing for 4-years, when in actuality it was something much bigger and far more sinister.

I think that it’s important to remember that the folks waving these flags and honoring these monuments are not remembering that Confederacy, but rather a much longer history of oppression, slavery, and violence that began nearly two and a half centuries before the American civil war.

I don’t claim to know the exact date that slavery came to these lands that would eventually become these United States, but let’s consider a significant starting point for slavery in America to be 1619. Which is when the privateer The White Lion brought 20 African slaves ashore in the British colony of Jamestown, Virginia. We’ll use that as our starting point.

So, while the flag may have only been around for 4 years the ideas that inspired it had been around for 242 years. And it is those two and a half centuries before their defeat are what we are still fighting against. And that is a very long history of vile human behavior. The Confederate States of America was just the tip of that iceberg.