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  •  Unfortunately the Confederacy is still around (8+ / 0-)

    and doing its best to prevent the rest of us getting on with the 21st Century. If you looked at the voting patterns in Virginia for last year's election the dividing line between the blue north and red south of the state was roughly the dividing line in the state during the Civil War. Just a couple of weeks ago we were all treated to an individual questioning what Frederick Douglass' former master had to be forgiven for - "free food and lodging?".

    Or consider the various attempts to rehabilitate the Confederate flag. To my mind that flag should be about as fondly remembered by Americans as the Nazi flag is by contemporary Germans. That is not hyperbole - the Confederate flag was NOT a long standing emblem belonging to an historical community. It was constructed as a bizarro-world counterpoint to the US Flag specifically to represent the Confederate States and their determination to continue the unimaginable horror of perpertual slavery on 4 million people.

    But you imagine any leading political figure saying that. I'm afraid we really haven't exorcised the Confederacy, and the "new south" is turning into a cruel mirage as we see the same faultlines over Obamacare, reproductive rights and voter suppression that were there 150 years ago.

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