This resonated for me. Again in June, I drove to Gettysburg from my house in Philadelphia and when touring the famed Civil Battle battlefield, I had a number of arresting experiences. I observed in entrance of the North Carolina memorial on the web site, any person had positioned a small Accomplice flag. And after I went to examine extra carefully, a person close by, who appeared to be standing reverently at consideration, blurted out, “Good, gotta take an image earlier than the woke individuals take it down.” I politely ignored him after which drove to the Virginia memorial the place I noticed one other small Accomplice flag. I overheard a father inform his younger daughters, “They’re tearing down statues everywhere in the nation.”
I had gone to Gettysburg that day to mirror on our nation throughout a very darkish interval. I additionally went to realize some measure of inspiration from the sacrifices Union troopers had made in 1863 to protect our nation. However what I noticed was that a few of the individuals at Gettysburg that day had gone for one more goal. Their trigger wasn’t the American experiment. It wasn’t pluralism. It wasn’t democracy.
In case you requested them, they seemingly would not have mentioned it was white nationalism or the Misplaced Explanation for the Confederacy, both. No less than, not precisely.
In truth, we will not know what was in Roseberry’s thoughts, precisely, however I doubt that even his trigger was precise “Revolution,” and all that may actually entail.
When Roseberry referenced the South rising once more, perhaps he was channeling quaint, southern racism and white supremacy—that’s typically the which means of such a pronouncement. The identical goes for the 2 individuals at Gettysburg.
Or perhaps one thing else is happening right here. These individuals are singing the identical lyrics we have heard all through American historical past. But it surely’s a unique time—a unique tune. This is not nearly white nationalism. It is a few society that does not present sufficient optimistic shops for which means and goal and leaves too many people behind.
And in the end, it is a few political, right-wing cable TV and social media setting, stuffed with America’s personal model of radical clerics, that breeds radicalization. We should not look away.