'Confederate Heritage Month' Is Appalling
Yes, Georgia really does celebrate this: John Avlon
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 2, 2013 1:32 PM CDT
Confederate battle flags fly outside the museum at the Confederate Memorial Park in Mountain Creek, Ala., Tuesday, July 19, 2011.   (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

(Newser) – When John Avlon heard yesterday that Georgia is celebrating Confederate Heritage and History Month, he thought it was an April Fools' joke. But no, it's real—signed into law by the governor in 2009 and celebrated by six other states—and Avlon talked to backer Ray McBerry all about it. In an email touting the event, McBerry claims that the South was "peaceful, rural, and Christian" during the pre-Civil War slavery era. He insists to Avlon that the history books misrepresent that era, making the South out to be "evil."

"This isn’t heritage, this is wholesale historic revisionism. And it is ugly stuff," Avlon writes in the Daily Beast. "It took our country 100 years to bind the wounds of the Civil War sufficiently to begin truly following through on the promise of ending slavery by ending segregation. It is naive to pretend, as so many do today, that this struggle for equal rights was not deeply opposed by many who are still alive, arguing in favor of separatism and hate while hiding their true emotions under superficially high-minded talk about states’ rights." The neo-Confederate movement does exist, and it's scary, he adds. Click for his full column.

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plain_speaking
Apr 4, 2013 6:41 AM CDT
"the South was "peaceful, rural, and Christian" during the pre-Civil War slavery era"...yeah tell that to all the slaves that were brutalized and raped.....Was every southerner evil...of course not....but they allowed the heinous institution of slavery to exist and thrive....if you are silent when witnessing evil you are complicit....
Fatquah
Apr 3, 2013 4:34 PM CDT
What's far more appalling is having a US terrorist bomber on the faculty of Columbia University. But knee-jerk Liberal assholes will not raise an eyebrow over that.
mightymike56
Apr 3, 2013 3:17 PM CDT
why is my children forced to learn only about black history, . Yes, slavery was wrong but still American history. Should we wipe out history on Hitler ?