Virginia’s Confederate History Month Controversy: The reason black folks need to write their own history



Another battle has broken out over the old confederacy.  A few years ago, the battle was over where the confederate flag was flying and that battle continues today as a result of  Virginia’s governor leaving any reference to slavery out of a proclamation acknowledging confederate history month.  The NAACP and the Virginia’s black legislative caucus caught wind of this, rose a ruckus and forced the governor to apologize, backtrack and rewrite the proclamation acknowledging the stain of slavery.  So, we get another “victory” here that means absolutely nothing and the time and resources spent chasing after this could have been better spent actually doing something that would really mean something to the African-American community.   But no, that sort of thing isn’t on the agenda as we want to go for the low hanging fruit rather than develop our own apple orchard. No, we still don’t get it.

Is the flying the confederate flag racist?  I don’t know, perhaps it is.  Was the old confederacy a racist institution? Yes it was.  Was excluding a reference to slavery from the proclamation a racist oversight? Probably not.  Should there be a confederate history month?  I don’t know and don’t care one way or the other.  Actually, we could debate the racism thing all day relative to any of this confederate stuff and at the end of the day, it’s not relevant because no matter who wins the debate, there’s not a damned thing that’s going to change in the African-American community as a result—not one damn thing.

This is why I don’t like to waste time on doing things that aren’t relevant to addressing real issues directly and I think it’s total nonsense for someone to get their panties in a bunch about stuff like this and then act like you did something because you wrangled a totally meaningless apology out of someone—and then turn around and have the nerve to wonder why conditions persist as they do in the African-American community.  They persist because no one is taking direct action relevant to addressing them.  We’re too  busy running around wrangling meaningless concessions out of people.

At bottom, we really don’t understand power.  If you truly understand power, you don’t position yourself for someone else’s acknowledgement of you or your pain to make you whole and this is really what this is about.  When you write your own history books, you don’t need anyone to acknowledge you, your pain or anything else because you’ve already done that for yourself.   When you done that for yourself,  you create a reality that the world must deal with, hence your reality ultimately becomes theirs as well and you really don’t give a tinker’s damn about meaningless proclamations and other nonsense. To run to someone else to begging for them not to leave you out of the history  or do what you really should do for yourself cedes power unnecessarily and rather than projecting your reality outward, someone else’s reality is being imposed on you at your request; their reality in this case being the power to approve or acknowledge you (which can be denied as well) while you’re running around thinking you have achieved a “victory” once you have said approval or acknowledgement in hand.  In other words, some of us like to run around and raise a ruckus and get effectively nothing in return.  This is why we remain powerless. 

Some of us do “get it” and this is why you won’t see us participating in this sort of nonsense.  



3 Responses to “Virginia’s Confederate History Month Controversy: The reason black folks need to write their own history”
  1. what are the good things for celebrating cobfederate history month?

    • Greg L says:

      To be perfectly honest, I’m really not qualified to answer this question in light of the fact that I really not interested in celebrating confederate history month. That’s not to suggest that the history of the confederacy shouldn’t be known as it’s definitely part and parcel of American history just as black history is or the history of anything else that occurred here in America.

      I wouldn’t celebrate confederate history for much the same reasons the Chinese wouldn’t celebrate the Nanking Massacre. From the perspective of one whose antecedents were victims of that history, there’s little of commemorative value in that for me.

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