Why Confederate Culture is Racist

Since 2009 the MTP has been actively educating the public about Confederate culture and challenging the celebration of the Confederacy and all state-sanctioned support of it.

Though all Americans have the right to freely express whatever beliefs and opinions they may hold, the MTP takes the position that statues and other symbols that glorify members of the Confederacy embody a form of cultural racism because they actively celebrate a government built on the "cornerstone" that, in the words of Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens, "the negro is not equal to the white man" and that "slavery subordination to the superior race is his natural and normal condition." Or as the Jefferson Davis, the President of the Confederacy put it, "We recognize the fact of the inferiority stamped upon that race of men by the Creator, and from the cradle to the grave, our Government, as a civil institution, marks that inferiority."

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That same government sought not only to preserve the enslavement of over 4,000,000 people but it wanted to expand slavery into the territories taken in the Mexican American War that ended in 1848.These territories included land that is now known as Texas, Colorado, Utah, Oklahoma, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, and California.

Given this historical context, glorification of the Confederacy serves to....

  1. Actively distort the history of the Civil War and minimize the scope and scale of slavery throughout Georgia and the South.
  2. Promote a war fought to preserve the institution of slavery and the South's desire to extend slavery into Western territories.
  3. Celebrate and romanticize a government and its leaders who were driven by the ideology of White supremacy and the belief that White people had been divinely ordained to be superior to and in charge of all other races.
  4. Celebrate and romanticize a government and its leaders who refused to recognize the human and civil rights of women of all races including but not limited to the right to vote, own property, serve on a jury.
  5. Pay homage to and glorify men who were instrumental leaders in the terrorist organization known as the Ku Klux Klan during the era of Reconstruction (e.g. General John Brown Gordon, General Nathan Bedford Forrest).
  6. Misuse the tax revenue of Georgia taxpayers, including approximately 3 million Black citizens, many of whom are the descendants of the very people the Confederacy saw as sub-human and worthy of enslavement.
  7. Raise serious questions about whether all Georgians can expect equal treatment and representation from lawmakers who participate in celebrating the Confederacy and think it and the men who led it are something to be lionized and honored.
  8. Obstruct social progress and show a general disregard for 3 million Black Georgians.
  9. Obstruct economic development in Georgia by making the state look like it is stuck in the 19th century in the eyes of the nation and world.

Currently the MTP is reaching out to community and religious organizations, federal agencies, and other southern states for help with this important movement. Please consider getting involved and letting those in your social networks know about this effort.

We also encourage you to contact Georgia Govenor Brian Kemp (404-656-1776), Georgia State Senators, and Georgia State Representatives and ask them to end the use of state tax revenue to support all Confederacy related activites.

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A Few Past MTP Actions to End State Support of Confederate Culture

In 2017, and after four years of work, MTP members released a documentary film entitled Southern Discomfort that examines Confederate Culture, the subculture of Civil War re-enactments and how southern state governments actively support these activities. Click below to watch the film.

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In 2015 MTP members again contacted the Govenor of Georgia and every member of the Georgia Legislature calling for an end to state support of Confederate holidays, monuments and historic sites.

In 2014 MTP members called upon Georgia Govenor Nathan Deal and every member of the Georgia Legislature to stop using Georgians' tax dollars to support of Confederate holidays, monuments, and Confederate historic sites. That demand included research and data that clearly demonstrate that any celebration of the Confederacy or Confederate leaders is a celebration of white supremacists who wanted to expand the enslavement of Black people.

Beginning in 2009, the MTP began regularly drawing attention to public displays of Confederate symbols and proactively engaging organizations that display Confederate symbols. That same year the MTP also organized a town hall meeting entitled "Heritage, Hate, or Fear, A Community Discussion about Southern Symbols and Their Meaning." This public forum was organized in particular to discuss the use of the Confederate flag by local fraternities at Valdosta State University. More than 150 students, faculty, and community members attended to dialog and get information about the history of this divisive symbol, student's free speech rights, reasons why many people do not understand the history of this symbol, and its impact on multicultural affairs and race relations in our community.

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