The Southern Cultural Cleansing Like “Sherman’s March To The Sea” Has Begun Again

Painting: “War Is Hell” by Mort Kunstler, depicting Sherman in Atlanta (image source: marinersmuseum.org)

Just as the attack on Fort Sumter in Charleston SC began the Civil War, a heinous murder in a historic black church has started a new civil war of sorts. The attack on and cleansing of all evidence of the Antebellum South or those that fought and died for the Confederate cause in American history. The timing and location of this awful attack on churchgoers could not have been more perfect for this cultural cleansing if it had been purposely planned. Of course, there are those already calling it a false flag, a staged attack for this very purpose.

This happening in Charleston South Carolina where the original Civil War began, a state where the Confederate battle flag flies over a Confederate memorial next to the State House, has fuel debate about retiring the flag to museums once and for all. Being the beginning of an election cycle has politicians in both the Republican and Democrat parties publicly advocating for the removal of part of American history for the sake of winning the “black vote.” The bipartisan call for the retiring of the battle flag is just one of many attempts to cleanse and rewrite American history.

These are just a few of the nationwide calls for the cultural cleansing of all things Confederate. The rationale seems to be that it is finally time to cleanse this nation of all references to our racist past and begin anew. History and popular culture have already succeeded in portraying the Civil War as nothing more than a racist war to protect the slave trade, so why not erase it from history altogether, right? The only problem is that it is a false narrative that has been promulgated within American society. There is an old adage repeated throughout history that those who do not learn from the past are doomed to repeat it.

We have not learned from our past it seems, because much of it being repeated before our very eyes and few seem to notice. Rewriting history or expunging it from the public consciousness is not learning from it.

“The root cause of the American Civil War is perhaps the most controversial topic in American history. Even before the war was over, scholars in the North and South began to analyze and interpret the reasons behind the bloodshed.” – Civil War Trust

Was it about slavery? Of course it was. All of the Articles of Secession issued by the Southern states said as much, but that is not all that they said. While the focus was on Slavery, it was the focus because of how it affected other issues, such as states’ rights, western expansion, taxes and tariffs imposed on Southern states. It revolved around the perceived increased power that Northern states had within the federal government and how the Southern states felt they were not receiving equal representation at the federal level. The debate over the root causes of the Civil War continue 150 years after its conclusion, now does that sound like something that can be explained away as simply as by saying it was all about slavery?

However, with the current elevated levels of racial division and unrest, it appears that the march is on to expunge all references to the Southern Secession and Confederate States of America that once existed here. Much like Sherman’s march to the sea, all references to this checkered past are set to be burned from the public consciousness. Yet the questions remain, will this make any difference in race relations in the future? Will erasing all evidence of that period of our history settle the debate once and for all? Answer the century and a half old question of WHY? I think not, but it does serve a more immediate political purpose and that is all that matters in an election cycle, right?

Joining the U.S. Air Force right out of high school, Jon had the opportunity to experience many different parts of the world and different cultures. His post military career path, both white collar and blue collar, allowed him to work alongside both CEOs and average Joes. “Writing was never a goal or even vaguely contemplated as a career choice, it just happened, an accidental discovery of a talent and a passion.” A passion that has taken him in many directions from explorations of the zombie subculture and writing zombie stories to politics and News. He is an avid “people watcher,” political junkie and has a ravenous appetite for history and current events alike.

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Jon Britton
Joining the U.S. Air Force right out of high school, Jon had the opportunity to experience many different parts of the world and different cultures. His post military career path, both white collar and blue collar, allowed him to work alongside both CEOs and average Joes. "Writing was never a goal or even vaguely contemplated as a career choice, it just happened, an accidental discovery of a talent and a passion." A passion that has taken him in many directions from explorations of the zombie subculture and writing zombie stories to politics and News. He is an avid "people watcher," political junkie and has a ravenous appetite for history and current events alike.

7 Comments on "The Southern Cultural Cleansing Like “Sherman’s March To The Sea” Has Begun Again"

  1. Vicki Winston | June 24, 2015 at 3:55 pm |

    Oh don’t worry…the Civil War will be remembered like the holocaust. History won’t forget that succession is treasonous and that ya lost.

  2. Jon Britton | June 24, 2015 at 4:41 pm |

    Actually, Vicki, secession is NOT treason. I’ll just offer this little quote from the Declaration of Independence; ” all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.” That is what secession was. Was it successful? No, the South did lose the fight on that much you are correct. Government derives its power from the CONSENT of the people. When the people withdraw that consent, it is not treason, it is revolution. Sometimes revolutions have positive results, as in the American Revolution, sometimes not so much like the Russian revolution that gave rise to the Soviet empire.

  3. Rev.Mr. Joseph Pasquella | June 24, 2015 at 5:13 pm |

    The most powerful monarch of the time of the civil war was the Pope. He sympathized with the southern plight and recognized the CSA as a Legitimate Nation.

    During the Revolutionary war there were countries in the North and South that had slaves. There were also folks in the north and south that opposed slavery. As bad as slavery is, it is not worst than killing. Brother against brother, cousin against cousin etc..
    And Slavery was not the only reason why the Southern States seceded from the Union.

    The reasons why we rebelled against the King of England..think of what they were. Taxes and not equal representation. Tariffs etc… No it was not worth all the blood shed. The Union should have said, :good bye an fair thee well”. Eventually the south would have ended Slavery as almost every Society has done, and there would have been no oceans of blood staining the ground of these United States. Perhaps having more countries in this North American Continent would have been better facing what we are facing today with a dictatorship of Secular Relativistic Humanistic humanism which base their thinking on self, and feelings and not upon objective truths.

  4. That was a good article till I stumbled at “promulgated”. No clue what that means and it’s too early to look up. I was born and raised in the upstate New York till I was
    23. Lived in Nebraska till I was 32. The Confederate flag to me was just a flag. It was part of the history of the Civil War. Like the plantations and battle fields and cemeteries. Then I moved to Georgia and I’ve been here 8 years. And that hasn’t much changed. It’s a part of the history. They say the victors write history, and if that’s the case the flag should have been removed back during Reconstruction. Now it has been too long engrained in our minds as a part of history to ever remove. That being said I see racism on both sides of the fence. I don’t like the n word and I won’t use it. But if a black person is throwing it around like it means nothing, they shouldn’t be offended when someone white calls them that. And if they get rid of the Confederate flag then I think another symbol to get rid of is the cross. That’s right, I said it. The cross. I have never seen a burnt Confederate flag burnt in a black yard. But I have seen crosses.

  5. The controversy of the Confederate Battle Flag is completely artificial. It is only offensive to some due to their own mistaken view of its meaning, a meaning taught to them by race baiters intent on keeping them voting Democrat for the next century, like LBJ infamously said they would. As Lincoln noted in the Gettysburg Address that the blood of those who fought there sanctified the ground far above the ability of those gathered to create a memorial for it, the meaning of the CBF was defined by the blood, suffering and sacrifice of the men who carried it, not the Marxist literati who slam all things Southern.
    But the timing of this whole thing is indicative of the mindset of those who own our media. The passage of the TPP and TPA treaties and agreements was finalized in the days after this controversy arose. Why then? The ACLU had called for the banishment of the CBF for decades prior, why just now does the corporate media give it wall to wall coverage 24/7 saturation? Was it the old magicians trick of distraction so the TPP could get through the Senate and into law?
    Our nation is controlled by a corporate oligarchy and they keep us fighting each other over nonsense usually led by the race baiters on the left, while these oligarchs rob us all blind.
    I suspect that that was the real ‘meaning’ of the controversy itself.

  6. Jon Britton,

    Excellent article that was something that seems to be missing from most; balance. I have tried on many occasions to make the same point that many points were key to the secession of the southern states. These key issues were taxes, westward expansion, states rights, perceived unequal representation in federal government, and of course slavery. Now the root cause now is that slavery was the only reason and when you point out the other the revisionist history will always loops them right back to slavery; it is key to their argument. You just like our politicians are doing today the northern politicians of the time used slavery and abolitionists movement as a politically expedient tool to take the moral high ground with the domestic crowd and the International community. It is basically to hide the truth and that is that it was and still is a war of cultures. They will not be happy until there is a total subjugation of the southern culture.

  7. One small edit Jon Britton…for some reason auto correct did let me finish this sentence correctly:
    You have point out so eloquently that, just like our politicians are doing today, the northern politicians of the time used slavery and abolitionists movement as a politically expedient tool to take the moral high ground with the domestic crowd and the International community. 

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