I am writing in regards to the recent article published in The Aegis about the Civil War and my complete distaste for it. While I enjoy reading stories and articles about history, your article seemed to revere the Confederate soldiers. It is a complete a slap in the face to ANY American whose ancestors were slaves! As I read it I wondered if you would have written the article for a Nazi soldier in the same fashion. When anyone tries to whitewash the Holocaust they are immediately shunned, as they should be! Unfortunately the same is not said or done for slavery and the Civil War.
If those great great great grand sons want to honor their ancestors fine, but you should NOT have uplifted a soldier who fought to continue to keep human beings enslaved. Even if 10 percent of the reason for going to war was to continue to enslave human beings to sell them like cattle, even if it was a sliver of a reason the humanity in yourself should have changed the tone of the article. Please ask yourself if the Civil War was not about slavery why would the KKK (born of Confederate vets) go about lynching and blacks?
Our country's slavery history is far worse than that of today's sex slave trade and I'm quite certain you would never write an article in such fashion of the pimps who lost their lives or those who fight to keep the sex slave trade alive.
In this is country we rarely learn about the facts and reality of slavery the horror of it. As a 36-year-old black woman (prior to college and my own research) the only thing I EVER learned in school was that black people liked slavery and that they had food and shelter.
As an adult I realize that many white Americans (even many immigrants) don't have the desire to learn the truth and they simply go about life with the notion that slavery wasn't that bad. As a publication, you have the responsibility to speak truth to write the truth - especially when it comes to a topic as serious as American slavery.
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