Read about it here; this comment below the article inspired me to do my small bit of Confederate Heritage Defense and maybe educate a couple of people who might have an open mind...
You're right about one thing patriot: the NAACP is unlikely to ever show much consideration to neo-Confederates. Hmmm, I wonder why? Is it because the NAACP is an intolerant, racist, discriminatory organization? Or could it be that they don't feel compelled to respect people who celebrate a country that was founded in intolerance, racism, and discrimination?
Let me be blunt: anyone who celebrates confederate heritage is either completely ignorant or a racist. Just read the friggin' declaration of secession! SC explicitly said that slavery and the fear Lincoln would abolish it was the reason they were leaving the Union. They mentioned slavery 18 times in a fairly short document! If anyone knew why the South seceded, you'd think it'd be the guys who voted to secede.
This refusal to even consider basic facts is baffling to me. It's like someone investigating the causes of the American Revolution and refusing to even read the Declaration of Independence.
@Sark: here are some basic confirmable facts about the way Americans thought about themselves and their country from 1783 or so, until the time of the War of 1861-1865--
The people are the sovereign power, endowed with Natural rights.
The States are created by the People, and derive their mandate to guide the State from the voluntary consent of the People.
The Constitution clearly states that the States are Sovereign entities which delegate specific powers to a new entity called the Federal government, as this government was created by a voluntary Confederation of sovereign States. The States explicitly retain every other right not enumerated to the Federal entity to the several States and to the people. This includes setting local laws and customs, such as slavery, which had been established in North America for 230 years by the time of the War of 1861-1865. The States are free to choose these laws independent of Federal executive will.
So the conflict, which had primarily economic and ideological/Constitutional causes, was fought over whether the States should retain their Sovereignty, and whether the Confederation of the United States was to be a voluntary or involuntary Union.
The Slavery issue and it's impact on the balance of power in Wasington was primary. The morality of slavery was not an issue--many leaders on both sides of the conflict abhorred the institution while others had what we consider by modern standard to think of Slavery in racist and paternalistic terms. Racism was endemic throughout the United States.
Northeners fought to keep the Union whole. Southeners fought to maintain freedom from a Federal entity growing out of it's Constitutional boundaries to establish a Nation.
The Federal government succeeded in establishing a new Nation -- at the point of a gun.
Those who celebrate Confederate Heritage remember this and remember the struggle for independence, and brutal subjugation of the Southern people. They remember the remnants of Confederate forces returning home not to return to US citizenship, but to military occupation and political disenfranchisement -- at the point of a gun.
Some of us alive today feel no different in our feelings to Washington today than our ancestors of 1776 or 1861.
By the way, I went to a Northern public school, lived my whole life in the North, and attended a Northern Ivy league University where I majored in History. I didn't even know I had Confederate ancestors until earlier this year.
Do I strike you as "completely ignorant or a racist"?
History books are written by the victors, and the books used in our public schools are written to be, if you'll forgive the pun, black and white (and simplistic) in their depiction of what led up to the War.
True history is much, much, more muddy.