Reconstruction, part 3

Africanization_The New Dictionary of Americanisms1902

In my perusals of the many old books on Archive.org, I came across a book called The New Dictionary of Americanisms, published in 1902. The above is from that book. It’s interesting that there was a term coined back during the ‘Reconstruction’ era, just after the War for Southern Independence, describing the South’s situation of being “under the control and domination” of the black race.  People saw it for what it was then; why do so few see it now?

Few people today, White or black, seem to know that this was the state of things after the War Between the States. The whole point of the ‘Reconstruction’ regime was to place the White citizens of the South in an inferior and degraded condition, and to punish the White Southerners for attempting to go their own way. The freedmen were loosed on the disarmed and disenfranchised White folk, and the latter were at the mercy of this unholy coalition of  the Northern exploiters, or ‘carpetbaggers’, traitorous Southern ‘Scallywags’ — and black freedmen.

Now we seem to be in a continuation of Reconstruction, and this same sort of unholy coalition is attempting to deliver a coup de grace to the South, its history, heritage, and culture — and to fully subjugate the traditionally-minded Southern White folk, or at least the remnant thereof. I am glad to see, though, that some are showing signs of resistance to this all-out assault on the South that is now under way.

Facing the reality of what is happening is a necessary part of mounting a defense. As long as some Southron folk are in denial about it, or oblivious to it, then we will continue to be under the domination of those who despise us and our ancestors.

A propos of the New Orleans vandalism

On Confederate soldiers_from God's War by Wilson Vance

The above is a quote from Wilson Vance, in the book God’s War.

It is ironic how quickly our society descended from a kind of burying the hatchet between North and South, to absolute hatred and intolerance of anything to do with the Confederacy. The younger folk out there may not believe this, but before the Civil Rights Revolution (or would coup be a better word?) the great men of the Confederacy were not vilified but mentioned favorably in school textbooks used in the North, and the official position was to treat the Confederate dead as honored fallen, much as were the Northern soldiers. However since the malicious talebearing of certain ‘civil rights’ organizations since the 1980s, the left (and much of the ignorant political ‘center’ in this country, if such a segment even exists) have become as people possessed. I say ‘possessed’ is not too strong a word; it is not hyperbole by any means, judging by the foaming-at-the-mouth attitudes and behavior of the anti-Southern left. They are possessed (I would say truly, in a Biblical sense) by malice and destructiveness when it comes to all the symbols and heroes of the Confederacy. Like their ‘daddy’ and exemplar, Satan, they never rest, and never will stop in their fury and vandalism until every last Confederate symbol and monument is pulled down, trampled on, spat on, burnt, or crushed. Next to be the target of their destructiveness will be the few people who even attempt, peaceably, to oppose their ugly rampages.

Wilson Vance was right when he said the graves and monuments of the Confederate fallen should be guarded, cared for, and honored. Instead mobs of ignoramuses and historical illiterates are committing their acts of cultural vandalism. Those who stand by and watch, without feeling so much as a twinge of outrage, are just as bad as the ones wreaking the destruction. Not to take a stand is itself taking a stand. There won’t be any neutrals in the conflict that is seemingly brewing.

 

Trump’s choices

I know my point of view is out of step with much of the right, but I am not happy with some of the choices Trump is making for his cabinet. They seem decidedly politically correct to me.

At first glance it might seem that Jeff Sessions was a sound choice, but given how he is leaning over backwards to prove he is ‘not a racist’, citing his bona fides as a champion of desegregation/civil rights activist, we’re going to be seeing a lot more of the ‘mainstream’ right posturing and marginalizing of the traditional South. It’s already happening, with the usual ‘Democrats are the real racists’ articles.

Sessions was born in 1946 so he is old enough to have grown up amongst unreconstructed Southerners. Truth be told there were very few Whites back in those times who broke rank with fellow Whites — even in the North — to make common cause with blacks; usually only the most liberal would do so. Did he really have an epiphany then or is he just being a typical politician and going whichever way the winds blow? He is also a Methodist by faith and it does seem that Methodists today are a very liberal denomination, given to ‘social justice’ crusading.

Surely, also, Sessions must know something of that certain ‘taboo’ organization, which he ‘broke the back’ of in his state; that at least at its inception it was not a terrorist mob, but a self-defense organization, made necessary by the fact that there was no law and order or justice for the disenfranchised Whites in the South. They were preyed upon by carpetbaggers from the North, traitor ‘scallywags’ from amongst their own, and by the newly-freed slaves, who ran rampant. That now-proscribed organization was at first made up of respectable men, of the upper classes, who simply wanted to protect their families and lives in a lawless situation, that of Reconstruction. There is no excuse for a man like Sessions not to know that history, and I am certain he does know it. He chooses to participate in the anti-White, PC interpretation of the past.

The organization of that same name is apparently not the same now, being mostly composed of agents and operatives, according to what I’ve heard. Even so, how much violence have they committed, such as they are, as opposed to BLM? Or foreign terrorists?

Will anyone ever step forward to try to correct the popular delusions about that era of history? Trump, according to some of the faithful, has destroyed PC — but from where I stand it looks to be as entrenched as ever.

Maybe Sessions will be ‘good’ on immigration. Maybe. But I’m not taking that on faith.

Then there’s Nimrata “Nikki” Haley, who presided over the removal of the Confederate Battle Flag in South Carolina. Trump was aware of the CBF controversy, and I thought he had said something that vaguely indicated support for ‘free expression’ where the flag was concerned. But why, then, pick this woman?

Surprisingly quite a few Southrons, because of what I see as unwarranted blind faith in Trump are giving him a pass on this.

This evidently makes me a ‘purist’ or ‘hard-liner’ in some people’s eyes because I don’t have that kind of faith. So be it; I’m used to this being the case. Despite the amount of time and space I devote to these political things, I have less and less belief in our political system, or in politics per se; everyone these days says politics is all about compromise and dissimulating if need be to trick the enemy (and the constituencies). If so, then there’s no hope of real solutions there. If lying and dissembling is intrinsic to politics, necessarily, then it won’t save us. I have thought more and more that the culture is where the battle is to be fought. As long as the edifice of lies that is our society is still mostly unchanged, politics won’t be the solution. It only reflects the wider world, corrupt as it is.

As far as the endless defenses of moves like this by Trump, I get a definite feeling of déjà vu, taking me back to the ‘W’ years, in which everything G.W. Bush did was rationalized as ‘he’s gaming the system‘, or ‘it’s strategery‘, or ‘it’s rope-a-dope.’ Everything was a brilliant move shrewdly disguised as blundering. No one wanted to admit that his actions were exactly what they appeared to be, rather than some clever, cunning maneuver. I expect that kind of pattern with Trump; the true believers are so invested in him that there will be literally no end of the rationalizations.

Our monuments come down, while…

Blacks and their supposed role in “growing Texas” are being honored by a monument to them in Austin. This, in a time when Confederate monuments, even those dedicated to heroic gentlemen like General Robert E. Lee, are being pulled down at the behest of blacks and their pet ‘White’ lickspittles.

At the dedication ceremony, a small group of protesters from a group called White Lives Matter clashed with a group called Smash Fascism Austin. The ‘Smash Fascism’ crowd shouted ‘No Nazis here‘ and ‘Nazi Scum!’ at the pro-Whites. Amusingly, the ‘Smash Fascism’ mob said their purpose was to “drown out the [Whites’] message of hate.” With what? Anti-White hate messages, like ‘Nazi scum‘? Irony, anyone?

Austin has long been a cesspool of liberalism and general counterculture lunacy, with the slogan ‘Keep Austin weird’. Over the last few decades that city in particular has been invaded by people from everywhere but the South, so that it has become increasingly ”diverse” and increasingly detached from reality and sanity. It has certainly become detached, too, from its actual roots, from the heritage of the earliest Texas colonists and from its Confederate, Bible belt traditions. It is in a sense not the same city, but a universe unto itself. I am sure the ‘Smash Fascism’ brownshirts represent the new, ‘weird’ Austin, and not the historic Austin. If these deluded people could be transported back in time to Austin, or any part of Texas, as it was a century, or even half a century ago, they would flee. There would be no place for them in the Austin of the past, in a time which did not tolerate the intolerable. They would be appalled that their anti-White message would mark them as deranged and possibly dangerous. Which is what they are.

I have happy memories of the Austin I knew as a child, but that Austin is gone, perhaps forever, thanks to the ugly scars of leftism and its policies — and the engineered demographic changes.

As for the ‘contributions’ made by black people in “growing Texas”, whatever that awkward phrasing means, name some of them. The articles I read mention vague things like ‘exploration and emancipation’ — were there black explorers involved in that part of the world? I’m not aware of one, and I did study Texas history in school like all schoolchildren did. Were there black crew members with the Spanish or French explorers? I guess Whitey blotted those adventuring black explorers out of our racist textbooks. Yes, that’s it.

Emancipation? Blacks were passive recipients of that; it was not done by their own initiative or effort unless slave uprisings involving killing their masters count as ‘winning’ emancipation.

The ‘White’ protesters who spoke out against their fellow Whites as ‘hateful’ are the usual dupes whose prideful self-image is based on their getting offended on behalf of others — a very odd thing, when you stop and think about it. These people are aberrant in their tendency to feel aggrieved on someone else’s account, and feeling compelled to denounce their own heritage and ancestors to side with people who care nothing for them; less than nothing. And they truly cannot see how twisted and weird this is.

Our heroes and heritage are being pulled down while the perpetual victim groups are being honored at our expense. The protesters who showed up to speak up for their own folk are to be commended, and maybe they are a harbinger of our people regaining their voices and their courage to speak up for their own interests — and not just for our selfish interests but because the Truth matters.

The left has hijacked the idea of ”justice” and perverted it to mean nothing more than revenge and payback. Real justice honors that which is deserving of honor; it honors merit and achievement and accomplishment. It rewards that which excels; it does not exalt as a means of compensation for alleged past wrongs.

Let California secede

Somebody named Jared Huffman, apparently a California state representative, claimed to be outraged and ‘shocked’ at the sight of Confederate battle flags at a Veterans Day parade in Petaluma.  Peaceful parade-watchers were displaying the flags.

“It was just so out of place that I had to do a double-take,” said Huffman, who appeared in the parade riding an old WWII-era Jeep with Petaluma resident Steve Countouriotis, a decorated war hero.

Huffman implies that his ‘decorated war hero’ companion was likewise shocked. Now, I don’t know how old this veteran is, but one does not have to be very old to remember when the Confederate Battle Flag was a frequently-seen symbol that did not spark any outrage, faux or genuine. Even Huffman, himself a Gen-Xer born in 1964, is old enough to remember that the flag was not always condemned or shunned, much less banned from public display. If he truly has never seen this alien and ‘shocking’ flag in a public place, he is remarkably unobservant. However no sensible person would believe that the flag was so utterly alien to his eyes or so ‘offensive’ that he had to take a photo of the ‘offenders’ holding the flags and immediately tweet his shock and horror to the world, or at least to whoever follows his Twitter feed.

I’ve been in the Petaluma Veterans’ Day Parade for the past 12 years. I’ve never seen anything remotely like this. pic.twitter.com/oU3iXSPycD

— Jared Huffman (@JaredHuffman) November 12, 2016

Mr. Huffman, 12 years ago that flag was not banned in your state or in most states. And to act as though you’ve never seen anything remotely like it? Please! You must not get out much. California (though maybe not your SWPL corner of California) is a state that received many, many Dust Bowl migrants during the 1930s, and has long had a  population of Southron transplants and their descendants. So no doubt you have seen that flag before and maybe even heard a song called ‘Dixie.’ Did you get the vapors then, or is this something new for you?

You are also old enough to have been taught a different version of American History in school, a version in which the mutual bad blood of the War Between the States was put aside, at least officially. For most of America’s post-WBTS history, Southron heroes like Robert E. Lee and Thomas ‘Stonewall’ Jackson had a place of honor in most history texts — up until the age of darkness which Political Correctness brought. Now, of course, suddenly that flag is anathema — why? Because the NAACP launched a campaign to vilify and discredit that flag, which effort went into high gear in the 1980s and is still rolling on. And because Cultural Marxists have gained complete control of education K-12 as well as ”higher education”, not to mention the biased media which relentlessly accuses all Whites, especially those of the South, of ‘racismbigotryhate’.

The town where this event took place is a town that, according to the data I found, is 80+ percent White, and a minute percentage black — less than 1 percent. So who, precisely, would there be there to be ‘traumatized’ by the sight of the Battle Flag? Mexicans, maybe — they make up 19 or so percent of the town now — but then they can display their Vulture-bedecked flag freely as they march down California streets these days. Free speech, free expression — for some.

Tellingly, the SF Gate article tries to blame Trump for ’emboldening’ the evidoers who had the flags. All about the agenda, the narrative, isn’t it? And all about ‘virtue-signalling’ to your fellow travelling progressives.

 

 

‘So God made a Cajun’

A nice video tribute to the ‘Cajun Navy’, a volunteer group who tirelessly rescued people in urgent need of rescuing after the severe flooding in Louisiana.

I will add my own tribute to the Cajun Navy and to the Cajun people in general, of whom I have very fond memories from my past residence in South Louisiana. My experience of the Cajuns is that they are a warm, down-to-earth, unpretentious folk who are wonderful neighbors and good company. A happy part of my childhood was spent in that part of the country.

Cajuns are as human as the rest of us, with their share of frailties but in many ways we could follow their example. For one thing, this spirit of voluntarism, of neighbor helping neighbor (without relying on the Nannystate government to come and rescue them) is born of the bond of kinship and culture that makes the Cajuns such a unique people. They are also, by inclination, upbeat and good-natured, with ‘joie de vivre‘ an essential part of their approach to life. They are resourceful and ‘can-do’ people, which is part of their colonist/pioneer heritage. They are the hardy descendants of French settlers of what is now Nova Scotia, and later settlers of what became Louisiana. Surviving in a harsh environment and poor conditions made them a strong and tenacious breed — as were many of our own settler/colonist ancestors. But their relative isolation for much of their history (until the recent demographic shifts) have enabled them to preserve much of their distinctive way of life. God bless the Cajun people and all the other (non-Cajun) volunteers who have done such courageous work during the floods.

Pre-‘diversity’ diversity

At the Atlantic Centurion blog, there is a piece titled ‘Anglo-American Diversity’, which deals with the American identity, and civic nationalism vs. ethnonationalism.

The way in which, under the Cultural Marxist regime, artificial civic nationalism has taken the place of organic nationalism, with the original stock of this country being declared to be no people, with no culture, is outlined in the piece. Also we are given an ironic summary of how the post-American generations are taught American ”history.”

Even if you buy that White people are bad and diversity is good, there is still a powerful ignorance being espoused. Though the founding stock of this country was overwhelmingly British, within that context there was substantial cultural as well as ethnic heterogeneity that continues to have an impact on American culture and society. Ironically, we wuz diverse. And in a lot of ways, we frankly still are.”

I agree, as I’ve written before of what I referred to as simply ‘American diversity’, the diversity that was present even within the Anglo-American population. There was regional diversity, encompassing differing customs from one region to the next, and within that category, linguistic diversity, with a variety of dialects of English being spoken. There were differing customs depending on one’s religious background as well. And there was ethnic diversity of a certain degree existing even amongst colonial stock Americans. Think of the Cajuns; they are colonial-stock, having been in North America since at least the 1700s, though they first settled in what is now Nova Scotia. They came to Louisiana when it was still a French territory and became Americans by annexation. They kept a great deal of their culture, language, and customs and yet, unlike most ethnically distinct ‘Americans’, they are very much a part of our country and are loyal Americans who are not in conflict with others as with many immigrant groups.

The fact that the Cajuns blended into our society while keeping a distinct culture and heritage does not mean that we can expect other groups to fit as comfortably — yet today’s variety of ”diversity” seems to imply that the more exotic and “Other” a group, the more desirability for our country. Pre-1965 ‘diversity’ is not the same creature as post-1965 diversity. We are seeing the fruits of that now.

One problem I have with the piece is that it ends with a paean to David Hackett Fischer’s Albion’s Seed.

I don’t know Fischer’s ancestry; his last name implies some German ancestry. But if his work is mostly about the seed of Albion, it does us a disservice, in my opinion, by further encouraging divisions among English or British-descended Americans. In following many discussions of that book online, I see it being used  most often as a way for especially Southrons to distance themselves from possible English roots, and identify as ‘Scots-Irish’ or ‘Celtic’, while claiming the South for ‘Celts’, saying baldly that the South, especially anything worthwhile about it, is the product of Celts, not those effete, evil Englishmen. Every virtue of the Southron people — their love of life, their sense of humor, their family closeness, their love of music — is proof positive of their ‘Celtic’ origins, so they claim. I listened to a podcast in which a Southron academic said that it’s obvious that the Southrons are Celtic (Scots-Irish) because they are fun-loving, rollicking people, generous, bold. This is hardly a persuasive argument against their Anglo-Saxon roots. It’s also very odd in that the Scots are not known as being exuberant, outgoing people; the old image was the ‘dour Scotsman‘, and the ‘thrifty, frugal’ Scot.

I’ve met and known real-life Scots and Irish and English people, and each group has its good qualities. Neither the Scots nor the Irish have a monopoly on the positive qualities. And believe it or not, it’s the English who are widely known for their distinctive sense of humor. Think of the writings of Dickens, or Shakespeare. Think of all the British film comedies from Ealing studios. Or the TV ‘Britcoms‘ Americans have enjoyed, including Monty Python.

So it’s absurd to try to assign humor or good nature to Celts (Scots, Scots-Irish or otherwise) only. But this is an example of the result of taking David Hackett Fischer’s tome as gospel. That book has driven a wedge between the distinct varieties of Angl0-Americans. The “Puritans as ultimate villains” thesis also owes a lot to Fischer’s writings, though maybe readers are taking his ideas beyond his original intentions.

Dividing Anglo-Americans, or at least old-stock, British-descended Americans, serves somebody’s agenda — but not ours.

Nevertheless, a good piece at Atlantic Centurion, though I differ about Fischer.

And I repudiate them

According to this news story the Southern Baptist Convention has repudiated the Confederate Battle Flag. This is no surprise as they’ve been ”virtue signalling” for some time now, with apologies to blacks for slavery then electing a black man as President of their group. That action in itself was simply an extension of the apology for having ‘condoned’ slavery in earlier times. That’s the basic purpose of ”affirmative action.”

Russell Moore, who is the head of the SBC’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission refers to the ‘sin of slavery.’ I would like to see him quote chapter and verse of where the Bible says it is a sin. Chapter and verse, otherwise he is ‘adding to’ the Bible, putting words in God’s mouth. And the Bible does explicitly warn against doing that: Deuteronomy 4:2,  Deuteronomy 12:32, Proverbs 30:6. There are more, but liberal Christians (which now definitely describes Southern Baptists) don’t want to hear those scriptures. Like all liberals they will cherry-pick verses that fit the current PC worldview and ignore or rationalize away anything that conflicts.

Of course nobody wants to bring back slavery, but that long-ago issue has been used as a cudgel to beat Southern people and all Whites for that matter for a century and a half, at least. Most of the time the person beaten with that cudgel will agree that yes, slavery was a ‘sin’ or in fact an ‘abomination.’ Having agreed with that (which is not supported by Scripture) the accusee has conceded guilt and defeat.

No, I’m not a member of the Southern Baptist denomination, but some of my relatives are. I hope they have the discernment to ‘come out of her’ if they haven’t already decided to.

Just about every major denomination is sold out to the ‘world’ system now; the faithful old-time Christian is better off in an independent church, even if it is “only” a house church with a few faithful Christian believers. We knew there would be a major defection from Biblical truth in these times so this is all expected.

The real Ali

Jim Goad at TakiMag writes about The Greatest Anti-White Boxer of All Time, namely Muhammad Ali, of course. He notes the (ahem) whitewashing of Ali now that he is dead, and the fawning eulogies. Even on the ‘realist right’, people seemed to focus solely on Ali’s famous (or infamous) interview in which he spoke out bluntly against interracial mating/marrying. In the 1970s no doubt that statement made a lot of liberal Whites uncomfortable but it did not carry the incendiary potential that it does in 2016.

The ‘colorblind’ portion of the White population seemed to regard Ali as a sainted hero,  in the tradition of most black celebrities, not quite as exalted as Nelson Mandela (terrorist, ex-convict) and not nearly as revered as MLK, but still a hero. I wonder how the sensitive teens at Tumblr would react to the quotes Joad offers at TakiMag?

“Integration is wrong. The white people don’t want integration. I don’t believe in forcing it….”
1964 interview with the Louisville Courier-Journal

“The white man want me hugging on a white women, or endorsing some whiskey, or some skin bleach, lightening the skin when I’m promoting black as best.”
1966 interview with Sports Illustrated

“My enemies are white people, not Viet Congs or Chinese or Japanese.”
1967 interview regarding the draft

“All Jews and gentiles are devils….Blacks are no devils….Everything black people doing wrong comes from (the white people—drinking, smoking, prostitution, homosexuality, stealing, gambling—it all comes from (the white people).”
1969 interview with David Frost”

On that last quote, shades of Thomas Sowell who resorted to blaming ‘Southern redneck culture’ for ”everything black people doing wrong” as Ali bluntly put it.

Meanwhile it seems that Ali will become another black ‘icon’ revered by the likes of the Tumblr teens, along with Nelson Mandela, MLK, Rosa Parks and the rest of the pantheon. And it seems that ‘race realist’ Whites will remember Ali solely by his statements against interracial marriage. The trouble is, it’s likely nobody but White people will ever see or hear of his remarks, as the controlled media will never publicize anything that deviates from their agenda. Illusion wins over reality again, at least for now.