The Myth of Northern Innocence

December 03, 2012

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The Myth of Northern Innocence

Burly-and-bearded country singer Trace Adkins ruffled all the usual feathers and bruised all the usual feelings when he dared to wear a Confederate battle flag earpiece in full view of gasping national TV viewers while singing “The Christmas Song” in the Yankee stronghold of Rockefeller Center on November 28.

Adkins, who belches out such venerable neo-country chestnuts as “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” and “Brown Chicken, Brown Cow,” was subjected to the predictably rage-stroking vilification that comes whenever anyone suggests that the American South has ever been anything beyond a rancid cultural cesspool of lynching, incest, bestiality, racism, toothlessness, retardation, and yes, racism, even though I said it twice.

But Adkins has survived numerous disfiguring accidents in his lifetime, including a near-fatal shooting at the hands of an ex-wife, so he weathered the controversy good-naturedly and with only the slightest wisp of an apology. He is a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and has repeatedly referred to what is known as America’s “Civil War” as the “War of Northern Aggression,” although I’ve always preferred Granny Clampett’s explanation that the conflict resulted “when the North invaded America.”

Even though it’s estimated that every third Southern household lost a family member in that war, critics insisted that Adkins and his ilk should “get over” the Civil War and quit being all butt-hurt because they lost, though I doubt the same people ever dare encourage American blacks to “get over” slavery.

They’d also likely never encourage Steven Spielberg to “get over” the Civil War, nor to cease peddling the Christlike mythology that has emerged around its chief perpetrator, Abraham Lincoln.

Instead, such obviously unbiased propaganda machines such as the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Washington Post insist that it is only the “Neo-Confederates” and those who pathetically cling to romantic notions of the South’s “Lost Cause” who “whitewash” history and peddle myths, distortions, falsehoods, half-truths, and rationalizations because they are secretly wracked with guilt due to the fact that they are disgustingly racist and racistly disgusting subhuman sore losers who are ready to explode with vile and smelly racism at any given moment.

“I’m here to smash your myths and smear feces on your whitewashing.”

After all, it is only “racists” who are pushing an agenda, and never the victors in war. It’s not as if the winners write the history books, so kindly zap any such thoughts from your mind. And it’s not as if white male Southerners have served as “America’s niggers” since at least the 1960s or that the American South has played the role of America’s Guilt Spittoon for longer than that.

The American psyche has increasingly become driven by feminine emotion rather than masculine logic. Comforted snugly inside their fake moral cocoons, most Americans are therefore more likely to view history through the prism of guilt-projection and shaming rather than the pragmatic notion that history is essentially a power struggle over land and resources. Almost all individuals and societies appear able to function only when they can project their guilt onto others.

Well, two can play at that game.

Since guilt appears to be the only thing that works with them, I’ll stoop to their tactics and toss a huge steamin’ load of guilt right back in their smirking faces. I’ll take that Hot Guilt Potato and throw it right back at you. I’m here to smash your myths and smear feces on your whitewashing.

Here are some things you’re not likely to see on American TV or read in American textbooks.


The transcendently homely president, a wealthy railroad lawyer and willing tool of Northern industrialists, started a war that cost the lives of at least 600,000 white soldiers and 50,000 white civilians. To put that in perspective, that’s at least 130 white corpses for every black cadaver that was lynched throughout American history.

For anyone who insists that the Civil War was about slavery and slavery alone, I force you to chew on Lincoln’s own words:

Much as I hate slavery, I would consent to the extension of it rather than see the Union dissolved, just as I would consent to any GREAT evil, to avoid a GREATER one. (Peoria, 1854)

I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the states where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so. (Inaugural Address, March, 1861)

My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or destroy slavery. (From an 1862 letter to Horace Greeley, written during the Civil War)


By suspending habeas corpus, jailing his critics, and tolerating Union soldiers’ rape of Southern women both black and white, Lincoln gave modern progressives several reasons to further bash Republicans, but they’ve shown a strange reticence to do so in his case. They also fail to dogpile on his many public utterances that are far beyond anything that allegedly “racist” modern Republicans say:

What I would most desire would be the separation of the white and black races. (Speech at Springfield, IL, July 17, 1858)

I will say, then, that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races [applause]; that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of making voters or jurors of Negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality….I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race…I will to the very last stand by the law of this State, which forbids the marrying of white people with Negroes.” (The Lincoln-Douglas debates, Charleston, IL, September 18, 1858)

There is a natural disgust in the minds of nearly all white people, to the idea of an indiscriminate amalgamation of the white and black races….A separation of the races is the only perfect preventive of amalgamation….Such separation, if ever affected at all, must be affected by colonization….I am not in favor of Negro citizenship…. (The Lincoln-Douglas debates, Springfield, IL, June 22, 1857)

Negro equality! Fudge!! How long, in the government of a God great enough to make and maintain this universe, shall there continue knaves to vend, and fools to gulp, so low a piece of demagoguism as this? (From Fragments: Notes for Speeches, September, 1859)


I profess…to fight for but one single purpose, viz, to sustain a Government capable of vindicating its just and rightful authority, independent of niggers, cotton, money, or any earthly interest. (Letter of October 10, 1863)

We must act with vindictive earnestness against the Sioux, even to the extermination, men, women and children….The more Indians we can kill this year, the less will have to be killed next year….They all have to be killed or be maintained as a species of paupers. (Quoted in “Citizen Sherman” by Michael Fellman)

You should also sweep from your mind the fact that apart from heavy English involvement, the international slave trade to America was almost entirely managed by wealthy, slave-ship-owning Yankees rather than those evil Southern rednecks.

Also ignore the fact that Frederick Douglass said that “many colored men” fought for the South as “real soldiers.”

Don’t think about the fact that many so-called “Native Americans” owned black slaves and also fought for the Confederacy.

And don’t ponder for a second that if extorting a slave’s labor is wrong, extorting a taxpayer’s labor might be wrong as well.

And don’t dare to wonder why, if all of America’s wealth and power was indeed built on slavery, how in the hell did the North manage to win?

The lesson they’re ramming down our throats is that one is never permitted to question the sanctity of whatever war led to the current state of affairs. This is why you can’t “revise” World War II or the Civil War. It wasn’t that the victors were better killers—it’s because their cause was just. You can commit all manner of barbarity so long as it’s for a “good” cause.


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