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"But it WASN’T JUST about Slavery!"


Thank you, SinIdentidades for sending this my way. I bolded some key points, because, let’s be honest, the Confederacy didn’t go to war over their right to have special postage stamps or the right to print their own money. & they also didn’t go to war because they protested the abolition of Blue Laws or some shit.

Constitution of the Confederate States of America, the major differences from the U.S. Constitution having explicitly everything to do with slavery. Key ones include:

Article I, Section 9, Clause 4: 

No bill of attainder, ex post facto law, or law denying or impairing the right of property in negro slaves shall be passed.
Article IV, Section 2, Clause 1 (note the explicit language):

The citizens of each State shall be entitled to all the privileges and immunities of citizens in the several States; and shall have the right of transit and sojourn in any State of this Confederacy, with theirslaves and other property; and the right of property in said slaves shall not be thereby impaired.
[Funny how they felt the need to specifically set off slaves from “other property.”]

Article IV, Section 3, Clause 3:

The Confederate States may acquire new territory; and Congress shall have power to legislate and provide governments for the inhabitants of all territory belonging to the Confederate States, lying without the limits of the several States; and may permit them, at such times, and in such manner as it may by law provide, to form States to be admitted into the Confederacy. In all such territory the institution of negro slavery, as it now exists in the Confederate States, shall be recognized and protected be Congress and by the Territorial government; and the inhabitants of the several Confederate States and Territories shall have the right to take to such Territory any slaves lawfully held by them in any of the States or Territories of the Confederate States.
Declarations of Secession from four states:


For the last ten years we have had numerous and serious causes of complaint against our non-slave-holding confederate States with reference to the subject of African slavery.

Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery— the greatest material interest of the world. Its labor supplies the product which constitutes by far the largest and most important portions of commerce of the earth. These products are peculiar to the climate verging on the tropical regions, and by an imperious law of nature, none but the black race can bear exposure to the tropical sun. These products have become necessities of the world, and a blow at slavery is a blow at commerce and civilization. That blow has been long aimed at the institution, and was at the point of reaching its consummation. There was no choice left us but submission to the mandates of abolition, or a dissolution of the Union, whose principles had been subverted to work out our ruin.
South Carolina, the first state to secede. This one is particularly egregious. FIRST SENTENCE in the declaration:

The people of the State of South Carolina, in Convention assembled, on the 26th day of April, A.D., 1852, declared that the frequent violations of the Constitution of the United States, by the Federal Government, and its encroachments upon the reserved rights of the States, fully justified this State in then withdrawing from the Federal Union; but in deference to the opinions and wishes of the other slaveholding States, she forbore at that time to exercise this right. 
And further on down, a flat-out admission that the protection of its right to slavery was the main reason South Carolina ever ratified the U.S. Constitution in the first place:

The Constitution of the United States, in its fourth Article, provides as follows: “No person held to service or labor in one State, under the laws thereof, escaping into another, shall, in consequence of any law or regulation therein, be discharged from such service or labor, but shall be delivered up, on claim of the party to whom such service or labor may be due.”

This stipulation was so material to the compact, that without it that compact would not have been made.
Texas, explicitly stating that being a slave state was one of its strongest ties to the states east of the Mississippi:

Texas abandoned her separate national existence and consented to become one of the Confederated Union to promote her welfare, insure domestic tranquility and secure more substantially the blessings of peace and liberty to her people. She was received into the confederacy with her own constitution, under the guarantee of the federal constitution and the compact of annexation, that she should enjoy these blessings. She was received as a commonwealth holding, maintaining and protecting the institution known as negro slavery— the servitude of the African to the white race within her limits— a relation that had existed from the first settlement of her wilderness by the white race, and which her people intended should exist in all future time. Her institutions and geographical position established the strongest ties between her and other slave-holding States of the confederacy. Those ties have been strengthened by association. But what has been the course of the government of the United States, and of the people and authorities of the non-slave-holding States, since our connection with them?
And because I live in Tennessee, I think it’s appropriate to throw in some of my state’s stuff. Like the speech from Gov. Isham Harris (who very soon after sent Confederate troops to storm strongly pro-Union East Tennessee to prevent it from becoming its own state within the Union, as West Virginia would do successfully).

Shortly into his speech:

The systematic, wanton, and long continued agitation of the slavery question, with the actual and threatened aggressions of the Northern States and a portion of their people,upon the well-defined constitutional rights of the Southern citizen; the rapid growth and increase, in all the elements of power, of a purely sectional party, whose bond of union is uncompromising hostility to the rights and institutions of the fifteen Southern States, have produced a crisis in the affairs of the country, unparalleled in the history of the past, resulting already in the withdrawal from the Confederacy of one of the sovereignties which composed it, while others are rapidly preparing to move in the same direction.
And, finally, the Cornerstone Speech of CSA Vice President Alexander Stephens:

The new constitution has put at rest, forever, all the agitating questions relating to our peculiar institution African slavery as it exists amongst us the proper status of the negro in our form of civilization. This was theimmediate cause of the late rupture and present revolution.
And then:

Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its corner- stone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery subordination to the superior race is his natural and normal condition. This, our new government, is the first, in the history of the world, based upon this greatphysical, philosophical, and moral truth.
And then this, perhaps even the most offensive (and saying it in the name of what I assume is the Christian God):
With us, all of the white race, however high or low, rich or poor, are equal in the eye of the law. Not so with the negro. Subordination is his place. He, by nature, or by the curse against Canaan, is fitted for that condition which he occupies in our system. The architect, in the construction of buildings, lays the foundation with the proper material-the granite; then comes the brick or the marble. The substratum of our society is made of the material fitted by nature for it, and by experience we know that it is best, not only for the superior, but for the inferior race, that it should be so. It is, indeed,in conformity with the ordinance of the Creator.

Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery— the greatest material interest of the world. 

Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery— the greatest material interest of the world. 

Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery— the greatest material interest of the world. 

Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery— the greatest material interest of the world. 

(via deliciouskaek)


the life and times of jannat m.: Actually, the Confederate Flag IS about fucking racism.







God damnit, if anything pisses me off more it’s when people pull the damn race card.

There is going to be an option for a new license plate in Texas with a little confederate flag on it.
But people are…

GRRRRRL ^ You right for dat! 

sigh will some one please find the quote that the creators of the confederacy had said about whites being superior to blacks and about the war really actually legit being about racism? 
Cuz the Op really needs it. 

Found it!!!! And I quote:

The new Constitution has put at rest forever all the agitating questions relating to our peculiar institutions—African slavery as it exists among us—the proper status of the negro in our form of civilization. This was the immediate cause of the late rupture and present revolution. Jefferson, in his forecast, had anticipated this, as the “rock upon which the old Union would split.” He was right. What was conjecture with him, is now a realized fact. But whether he fully comprehended the great truth upon which that rock stood and stands, may be doubted. The prevailing ideas entertained by him and most of the leading statesmen at the time of the formation of the old Constitution were, that the enslavement of the African was in violation of the laws of nature; that it was wrong in principle, socially, morally and politically. It was an evil they knew not well how to deal with; but the general opinion of the men of that day was, that, somehow or other, in the order of Providence, the institution would be evanescent and pass away… Those ideas, however, were fundamentally wrong. They rested upon the assumption of the equality of races. This was an error. It was a sandy foundation, and the idea of a Government built upon it—when the “storm came and the wind blew, it fell.”

Our new Government is founded upon exactly the opposite ideas; its foundations are laid, its cornerstone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery, subordination to the superior race, is his natural and moral condition.

Said by the Confederate VP, Alexander Stephens in 1861. So OP is a dumb ass.

Ok this needs to happen real quick.



Some of you know this and some of you don’t but, relating to one of those last posts, I was raised in a less than desirable environment. All of that aside, I need to say something that is fairly important.

The Confederate flag is a symbol of racism and privilege. It is. It was created to be, and it remains that today. When somebody refers to it as ‘heritage’ they are ignoring a simple and important fact. The Confederacy is not some long-dead thing that has a rich and beautiful heritage attached to it. The Confederacy is alive and well in the South.

When you defend that flag or any person that displays it, you are wearing your privilege and your ignorance on your shoulder like a badge. That is all. That’s all that it is and nothing more.

I’ll be happy to expand on this if anyone has questions.

Shouldn’t be many questions, really, though.

It’s just wrong as shit.