|Jackass Jesse Jackson|
“The tea party is the resurrection of the Confederacy. It’s the Fort Sumter tea party.”Jackson relied on popular but erroneous popular mythology to imply that the so-called "Civil War" was the morally glorious North fighting the horribly "racist" South for black freedom and equality, surely the biggest fairy tale in what passes for American history. And, like the "racist" Confederacy, the Tea Party is also "racist," to use the most overworked cliche in the English language. Various jackasses on the right who are deeply ignorant of American history lent credence to Jackass Jackson by writing tripe like this:
That’s right, Jackson thinks if you believe in the U.S. Constitution, you are a terrorist looking to over throw the government and kill black people and you want to bring back slavery and the old Confederacy.The conservative writer who wrote that slanderous nonsense needs rebuttal far more than does Jackson, and he will get it here.
The historical truth is that the North hated blacks with a passion, opposed slavery in the territories because of this hatred, and made life a living hell for any blacks who wandered among them. Numerous historical references point to the fact that Southern blacks, even those in slavery, were substantially better off and better treated than free blacks in the North. (Do see "Everything You Were Taught About the Civil War Is Wrong -- Ask a Southerner" by Lochlainn Seabrook.)
As for "terrorists," Northerners were the terrorists, invading sovereign states to coerce them back into a union they no longer wanted, making war on women and children, burning private homes, farms, universities and even whole cities to the ground; shutting down hundreds of newspapers, arresting and imprisoning thousands without charges or trial. Lincoln was an odious despot, and the Northern war effort a mission from Hell.
Is the Tea Party then the "resurrection of the Confederacy" as Jackass Jackson has alleged? Since the real Confederacy was the antithesis of an uncontrollable and tyrannical federal government, one can only hope.