My latest column is up at AND Magazine!
Here is an excerpt:
As a conservative who believes in States’ Rights, I have always found it difficult to find much of any good in the Confederate States of America. For as much as I may agree with their act of secession in the name of states’ rights, the moral evil of slavery has always been an insurmountable obstacle in holding any sympathy for the Confederacy. But the push over the last few weeks toward banning any and all reminders that there ever was a Confederacy has little to do with racism, or slavery, or hurt feelings. It’s all a show.
Let’s get one thing straight from the outset: in the War of Northern Aggression, the South lost…and they won’t be rising again, at least not any time soon. As nice as it may make some conservatives feel to romanticize the Confederacy, the truth is simple: Because the Confederacy refused to end the abhorrent practice of slavery, hundreds of thousands of Americans died.
On June 17, 2015, a deranged young man named Dylann Roof walked into the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. He spent about an hour there, sitting in a Bible study, when he opened fire with a .45 caliber handgun.
Thinking back through the facts of what happened, it’s almost hard to believe that anything like this could happen. To walk into a church, spend an hour with a group of good and decent people, and then slaughter them in a mad attempt to instigate a race war – it sounds like something out of a horror film. Some news reports have indicated that after spending an hour in the prayer meeting, Roof almost didn’t go through with his plan.