September 28, 2022

“Confederate Memorial Day” celebration in South Carolina faces brutal derision on social media

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With a rebel yell, they cried more, more, more, but some Americans observing South Carolina’s celebration of “Confederate Memorial Day” think it would be better to shout less, less, less.


Yes, the Southern state has closed its government offices today to commemorate the hundreds of thousands of men who perished while fighting for the right to enslave other human beings in America’s Civil War.

This anachronistic tribute to the “Lost Cause” is not the only holiday designed to pay tribute to these soldiers fighting for what until recently had been considered a generally agreed upon social institution of evil and human injustice.

Nine other states, all south of the proverbial Mason-Dixon line, celebrate similar celebrations, and, whether the memorials are called “Confederate Heroes Day” or “Confederate Decoration Day”, they are all deeply out of step with modern conceptions of human rights.

Many people on social media were outraged to discover that such state-sanctioned celebrations of the defeated forces of the Civil War were not only still being held, but, in today’s racially polarized world of BLM vs. Oath Keepers and Proud Boys, were seemingly more popular than ever as racists inspired by Donald Trump feel free to flaunt their bigotry publicly.

Here are some of the comments found on Twitter from people horrified that anyone is still celebrating the losers of America’s greatest moral battle.

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Someday this nation will have evolved enough — perhaps through finally allocating sufficient funding for decent educational institutions — to be able to agree that memorializing those who defended slavery is not a thing that anyone in this nation, regardless of where they live or who their ancestors were, should be supporting.

Until then feel free to go on social media and express your feelings about this shameful holiday and the 10 states that celebrate it.

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Vinnie Longobardo

is the Managing Editor of Washington Press and a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile, & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.

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