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  • Reply to: Friday fracking video   30 min 38 sec ago

    Also, what the actual hell were they thinking? I had never heard of this before I stumbled across this documentary, and I was a frickin' History major. Sheesh.

  • Reply to: A legal challenge to Silent Sam deal is imminent   7 hours 44 min ago

    of yesterday's diary, but I figured it might get more exposure on its own. This needs to be fixed, before Kevin Stone starts to spend that money.

  • Reply to: Silent Sam and the conspiracy to fund racism   8 hours 38 min ago

    Do share this post.

    Teddy's research here is attracting considerable attention by people who are looking at the possibility of litigation. Spread the word.

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  • Reply to: Silent Sam and the conspiracy to fund racism   16 hours 12 min ago

    I'm really interested in how the UNC board and the Sons of Confederate Veterans settled on the dollar amount. Two and a half million dollars can buy one helluva museum.

    As.a comparison, I looked up the funding provided for the International Civil Rights Museum in Greensboro. The city gave the non-profit foundation for the Museum $1.5 million and the group had to do matching fundraising on top of that.

    That museum was an expensive undertaking, involving renovation and preservation of parts of an existing building - the site of the Woolworth counter sit-ins - in addition to creating museum exhibits and facilities for visitors to the museum.

    The article I linked above was about how the Civil Rights Museum was struggling financially two years ago. It's sickening to think about UNC tossing $2.5 million to a group of racist Neo-Confederates trying to rewrite history when you consider that an actual historical site, so significant to the Civil Rights struggle, is still having trouble keeping its doors open to the public.

    Just what kind of "history" is this $2.5 million going to be promoting?

    On their "Who We Are" page, they make it clear that they don't believe the Civil War was fought over the rights of Southern states to perpetuate slavery:

    "The citizen-soldiers who fought for the Confederacy personified the best qualities of America. The preservation of liberty and freedom was the motivating factor in the South's decision to fight the Second American Revolution. The tenacity with which Confederate soldiers fought underscored their belief in the rights guaranteed by the Constitution. These attributes are the underpinning of our democratic society and represent the foundation on which this nation was built. Today, the Sons of Confederate Veterans is preserving the history and legacy of these heroes, so future generations can understand the motives that animated the Southern Cause."

    On their own "Our History" page, they describe the power struggle within the SCV in the 2000s this way:

    "Soon after the turn of this Century a time of contention began when a few who had risen to leadership posts tried to bully the membership into making the Division "Politically Correct". Their efforts failed and in 2002 the members elected Brian Carawan as Division Commander. Under his administration the "Political Correct" movement leaders were given leave to follow their path elsewhere. Commander Carawan will long be remembered as the North Carolina "David" who slew the scalawag "Goliath"."

    UNC gave this group $2.5 million to set up a facility for a statue promoting Jim Crow racism by a group spouting this right-wing extremist nonsense that has nothing to do with actual history.