SOUTHERN WHITE-on-SOUTHERN WHITE RACISM still alive & well in the SOUTH. It’s part of Southern Heritage since Civil War/Reconstruction era. I was informed that “Scalawag” means “White Southern Ni**** Lover”.
About 7 months ago I was informed that “Scalawag” is a racial slur that most white southerners use against other white southerners who helped blacks gain their right to vote. And advised with caution that I should never utter that word again not even in private because some white people’s use of that word was same as calling a white Southerner a “Ni**** Lover” who risked & lost their lives for blacks. White Southerner informed me that his white relatives who were Confederate veterans were killed from helping freed black slaves seek public office as Republicans in 1870s Louisiana.
This was in response to my uttering that word in casual conversation. When asked where I 1st learned that word, my reply was that it was at white school (MB Smiley High School) where I was forced bussed to in late 60’s as part of desegregation during heated Humphrey/Wallace presidential race. White teachers taught civil war, told black students that “Scalawag” was a Southern spy who turned against the south by helping burn down the south in the civil war. Therefore, I assumed that was the proper term.
Then I was informed that there’s NO monuments erected in the South to memorialize white Confederates veteran Republicans of Reconstruction era that helped newly freed black slaves with their civil rights .. and who lost their lives in doing so. I didn’t realize I was taught wrong, and I won’t use the racist word “Scalawag” anymore. Btw, the word scalawag is not a typical vocabulary that’s used in black households.
Words by itself don’t have meaning until people give it meaning.
VIRGINIA. Again, and unfortunately the Confederate Battle Flag symbol is being increasingly used in connection with race hate & threats towards the Black race. And this time in a full blown KKK ad that’s on front page of news paper.
To add confusion to insult, the ad ends with the words “DEO VINDICE”, which is a commonly used salutation or utterance of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV).
Keep in mind that Black people are SOUTHERNERS too, who have black southern ancestors, albeit slaves, who contributed a invaluable service of labor to the South. This racially horrifying ad also is an attack on the memory of the sacrifices that most enslaved Black ancestors rendered to the South. We repudiate these racial attacks in this ad, as well as those who support it.
Link –> http://fox2now.com/2018/04/27/kkk-recruitment-ad-in-local-virginia-newspaper-shocks-community/
LEAGUE OF THE SOUTH (LOS) and Complacency. Most people color, especially with deep ancestral southern roots, take offense to the degrading of Black Southern ancestors of the 1800s. However, there’s a pro-white southern group called “League of the South” who while defending Confederate monuments, has expressed that the South does not belong to Blacks. Furthermore, in the above news interview, it’s representative disparage the worth of ancestral southern black ancestors – based on skin color.
First of all, just about all things Confederate (flags and monuments), has been vilified not because of what any black representation. It’s because of the actions of a group of representing whites.
The irony of this situation is that while many who publicly support Confederate and Southern Heritage at rallies, they question why the obvious lack of black support; but then they are complicit in the racial conduct. When the news media (after bearing witness to the racial activity) lumps all whites with Confederate flags together as a unit, the white Confederate supporters began to wonder why they are labeled.