After watching this documentary, it is clear that too many older white men in southern states still promote this evil nonsense, as did this southern white man. I want your sober thoughts on this. Please listen to the entire video with my commentary.
Thoughts on this southern white man?
I watched Director Rachel Boynton’s “Civil War” airing on MSNBC for a second time on Labor Day. I must have stepped out on the segment I am highlighting in this post. I had an unexpected visceral reaction to this southern white man. The naturality with which evil emanated from his mouth got to me. I believe most human beings are redeemable. His mental defect is beyond repair.
This man is on a farm on land that was ultimately taken from indigenous people and then sold and bought into his family. He is a farmer who depended on government loans. He evidently had a hard time and could not repay the loan. They took his farm away. It is ironic since black/indigenous farmers could not even get loans from the government to farm as this entitled man got. He is mad that he screwed up.
But that is not the part that displayed his inhumanness. He said he and people in the South were mad because they lost everything, property, etc.
“There is a lot of talk of reparations for slaves,” the southern white man said. “My great-great-grandfather — Abraham Lincoln emancipated the slaves. — he didn’t get paid for them. The war to prevent southern independence changed the country for the worse.”
It is the 21st century, and this southern white man believes his great-great-grandfather should have been compensated for freeing human beings he owned. If that isn’t evil within, I do not know what is.
His son is clearly a tiny government Conservative, likely influenced by his father, who was a hypocrite. After all, he depended on the big government for a loan and then defaulted on it. But the evil did not make it to his son. The son seemed uncomfortable with what his dad said and then said the following.
“How long would it have taken to free the slaves,” the son said in disgust at his father’s statement. “How would it have taken for them to realize that slavery is wrong.”
The evil dad agreed with the statement that the war was more considerable aggression than slavery itself. The documentarian asked if that was not a disregard for black people.
“It was legal,” the evil dad said. “It was a settled way, or they had laws they had to live up to and enforced on them and treat them like civilly.”
This is a man talking about the treatment of other human beings. This is the entrenchment of white supremacy in his mind. He closes by saying he wants schools and universities to stop teaching our children to stop hating our southern ancestors.
Yes, he wants children to love those who hate. He wants children to glorify and revere people that enslaved, maimed, stole, and killed with no remorse. While he is the definition of deplorable, his son showed morality despite his dad.