Imagine if the Russians, after being overrun by the Mongols, simply re-enacted their lost battles again and again. Imagine if the Spanish, overrun by the Moors, just re- enacted their lost battles. Imagine if they swore allegiance to their conquerors’ flags and joined their conquerors’ armies. Imagine if they came to believe that they were really just the same people as their conquerors… and then insulted and attacked those of their own people who resisted the occupation, refused to fly the conquerors’ flags and refused to fight for their conquerors. On thing is for sure, if the Russians or Spanish had behaved like this they would not be independent today – they wouldn’t even exist as a people.
Is this to say that there is no need to honour our fallen heroes, educate people about our heritage or learn about the US war against the independent South? Of course not. There’s certainly a place for such things. But, especially in an age when we are being purposefully genocided out of existence as a people, there is a higher calling than only re-fighting the battles of the 1860s. Our ancestors’ battles are over. They did their part. They did all they could to ensure our survival, to ensure a free South. We have our own battles to fight. Now it’s time to do our part.