An Anti-Racism Exercise: Listen to Neo-Confederates

An Exercise for readers devoted to “anti-racist” work:
Here’s an 8-minute video taken by reporters from the Guardian, a UK paper, in Selma last week. They talk (and listen) to two leading “Neo-Confederates,” white southerners who are still devoted to the idea that the South should have won the U.S. Civil War, and failing that, southern states should seek to secede today.
Godwin-Todd-Neo-Confederates
Todd Kiscawen, left and Pat Godwin. right; prominent Neo-Confederates, and guardians of “Confederate Circle” in the Old Oak Cemetery, Selma, Alabama.

These two are part of a widespread network of groups and similarly-minded persons. In current political terms they don’t carry much weight; but culturally and socially, that’s another matter. As for the future . . . ?

Here’s the exercise: watch the video, listen to what they have to say. Then, after any sense of outrage recedes a bit, consider: what can you think of to say to them, or those like them, that might have a chance of moving them toward some positive change of attitude?

Unknown-Confederate-Soldier-Grave
There are said to be several hundred unknown Confederate dead buried here.

Yeah, I don’t know either. Denunciation is easy; I don’t like what I hear. But constructive communication is . . . work. Or, in this case, exercise.

Any ideas are welcome, and feel free to say how you feel about the effort. But put a lid on the rants; they don’t add much to what I’m after here and will be deleted.

Secede-Billboard-Better
A neo-Confederate Billboard. One posted in Florida was up for a month. Another. erected in Montgomery, Alabama in May 2014, came down after only a few days, following protests to the billboard company.

 

Update: As of early November, 2016, there has been only one brief, cryptic comment on this post. Did nobody read it? Or was the exercise more difficult than sitting back and clicking on a cat video? 

 

 

 

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