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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Dixieland Heritage from a Southern Black Perspective


See H.K. Edgerton's Website Here

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: There is always more than one side to a story. This is the story seldom told. I challenge every single Catholic to watch this video with an open mind. There are many blacks in the South who feel this way, certainly not all of them, but many of them. There is more to this than meets the eye, and yes, Americans have been victims of government propaganda on this. Some of my international readers have been snookered by American propaganda too. I've said this before, and I'll say it again. If the U.S. Federal government did today, what it did in 1861, than it would be condemned in the United Nations as an aggressor, and the president would be indicted on war crimes. It's time people learn the other side of the story.

Sons of Confederate Veterans
I will take it a step further. The Cross of St. Andrew is more than just historical. It is more than just heritage. It's about CULTURE. The word 'culture' is based on the Latin word 'cultus' which means 'religion.' That's what this is about when you really get down to it. You see, Dixieland is built on the culture of Southern agrarianism which is categorically different from Northern or Western agrarian culture. This is because the dominant religion in the Antebellum South was high-church Episcopalian (Anglican or 'Anglo-Catholicism'), which shared a lot of common features with Roman Catholicism, particularly in the area of family-run small business and limited government based on Subsidiarity. In fact, the Episcopalian culture of the Antebellum South was so close to Roman Catholics that many Southern Episcopalian parents sent their children to Catholic schools. By the time of the War of Southern Independence (1861 - 1865), both the South's president (Jefferson Davis) and supreme general (Robert E. Lee) were Episcopalians. Both had strong ties to Southern Catholics, and one (the president) was actually raised in a Catholic school. It wasn't until after the War, during and after the period of Reconstruction, that the religious demographic of the South moved toward the Baptists and Pentecostals. Nevertheless, that shell of an Episcopalian/Catholic culture still exists in the courtliness and mannerism of Southerners today.

The Dixie flag (Cross of St. Andrew) must be put forward as a symbol of culture, over and above everything else. It has become the symbol of a people, both white and black, united by faith and virtues, language and manners. It's more than history. It's more than heritage. It's more than states rights. It's so much more than politics. It is our symbol as a people. It is who we are.

Southern Black Civil War Veteran,
photo taken in reunion decades later.
It must also be put forward as a symbol of solidarity as well, between whites and blacks, in spite of those who have abused it over the last century. (Incidentally, those same abusers have done far worse with the American flag, but nobody holds the American flag responsible for this.) As H.K. Edgerton said in the video above; "the key to the room, where the table of brotherhood sits, is this flag!" So long as the American flag (and not Dixie's flag) has dominated the Southland, there has always been racial division, strife and tension. The only time in Southern history when whites and blacks worked together in total solidarity was during the War of Southern Independence. Dixie's "battle flag" was first stitched together during this time, when whites and blacks had to work together to survive, and indeed they did just that, and they fought together under this same banner. (In contrast, Northern Union armies racially segregated their soldiers, Southern armies did not.) Dixie's "battle flag" was a symbol of solidarity between whites and blacks during the War and after, even though it was repressed by the U.S. government during the Reconstruction period. It wasn't until the middle 20th century that some people started using it for racist purposes, and those very same people did far worse with the American flag.

The good news is we are actually winning! With each passing year, more and more people are learning the untold story of the South and her symbols. The propaganda of the U.S. Federal government is being exposed for the lie it is. Let's keep moving forward on this.

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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

New England WASPS have warped the standard history books (Rockefeller Foundation controls their publishing) to effect a bias against both Catholics and Southerners. This actually began in England where their history books neglect to mention that England's greatest users of the English Language, writer William Shakespeare, and poet Alexander Pope, were both Catholics; their very material indicates an underdog Catholicity.

To counter this, Southerners must use the same methods in their favor as was previously used against them. They must start publishing their own history books and producing their own local TV shows. Just sticking to the old technology of talk radio is not enough. Traditionalists should embrace the internet and all media and use that in their favor.

scotju said...

I wonder what the closed minded bigots at The American Catholic blog who regularly sundown everything Southern and boost everything Lincoln would think of this post? they would probably call this fine black gentleman an 'Uncle Tom' or an 'oreo'. I'd e-mail this post to the bigoted lawyer who heads up TAC, but they banned me because I dared to question the received orthodoxy about of Martin Luther King, the so-called Civil Rights movement, and the war between the states.

The Catholic Knight said...

Scotju, there is no one who plays the race card better than a Yankee apologist for Lincoln, but the good news is we are winning. The more we expose the truth about Lincoln, the more his presidency is reviled. I work as far north as Springield Missouri, and I can tell you that up here in the Ozarks the legacy of Lincoln is starting to leave a bitter taste in people's mouths. Truth has a way of sneaking out when you least expect it. After 150 years the propaganda machine in Washington finally let its guard down, and look what happened. Now you have old black men waving Dixie flags on state highways!!! "Lord have mercy" they must be saying "there goes the neighbourhood!"

As I said above, while true history is important, and we must defend it, we must also move beyond it as well. The Southern Cross of St. Andrew is not a "Confederate flag". The confederacy died 145 years ago. Nor is it a "battle flag" anymore. For there are no more battles to be fought. (Besides, the original battle flag was square not rectangular). No, this flag that is so loved by many in the South has moved beyond that. It is no longer just a symbol of history, and it is certainly not a symbol of politics. It has become a symbol of CULTURE !!! And this is so much more meaningful than anything else. The Southern Coss may have only raised on an official level for four years, but it has since been raised by millions of private citizens for the last century and a half. It is a symbol of our religious faith and virtues, our language and manner. It is WHO WE ARE as a people, a nation and a culture. Like it or not, it is here to stay. 150 years of thick propaganda could not supress it.

I have no issues with those over there at that other blog you mention. It is just one voice in the course of many, though it is curious that a Catholic would so closely align himself with a nation that has done its darnedest to make things difficult for Catholics to this very day. I will not question his motives however. I'm sure in his mind, he has good reason.

I however, must be free to speak my mind, and my views (as a Catholic) are considerably different from a Southern perspective. Just as they were during the great conflict that tore this continent apart 150 years ago. The bishops of New York and New Orleans urged their faithful to be good patriots to their respective countries. Catholics of good faith fought and died on both sides.

That war is over now, and it will never be repeated. Nobody has the stomach for it. What is important now is our Southern culture, for which the Cross of St. Andrew symbolises. It is a culture that was based on high-church Episcopalianism (Anglo-Catholicism) and was friendly to Roman Catholicism. This is what we need to get back to. There are plenty of conservative Anglican splinter groups in the South, and now the Anglo-ordinariate is emerging in the US Catholic Church. For both Catholics and Protestants, he door to the revival of our Dixieland culture is now wide open. This is a good thing. It is a positive thing. And it paves the road to further victories in the future. One Southerner at a time, lets win back the South!!!

The Catholic Knight said...

The following list will serve as a resource to Southerners who wish to get in touch with the historic religion of the Antebellum South, the religion that gave us our Southern culture. Please feel free to copy and distribute this list of links to every Southerner you know...

Catholic Affiliation
- Contact a parish On The Map

Protestant Affiliations
http://www.americananglican.org/
http://www.acahome.org/
http://www.anglicanprovince.org/
http://www.anglicanchurchoftheamericas.org/
http://www.anglicanepiscopalchurch.org/
http://www.anglicanpck.org/index.shtml
http://www.iccec.org/

I have only included here a list of links to those Anglican jurisdictions that have kept the historic Anglican patrimony somewhat faithfully.

Of course on the Protestant side there is always The Episcopal Church, and one may still be able to find some conservative parishes in Southern dioceses, but one must shop carefully. Here is the link: http://ecusa.anglican.org/