COPIED FROM: http://www.thenewsstar.com/article/20120817/NEWS01/120817004/For-Miss-an-angst-filled-Civil-War-anniversary
JACKSON, Miss. -- Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War can be an angst-filled task in Mississippi, with its long history of racial strife and a state flag that still bears the Confederate battle emblem.
Well-intentioned Mississippians who work for racial reconciliation say slavery was morally indefensible. Still, some speak in hushed tones as they confess a certain admiration for the valor of Confederate troops who fought for what was, to them, the hallowed ground of home and country.
"Mississippi has such a troubled past that a lot of people are very sensitive about commemorating or recognizing or remembering the Civil War because it has such an unpleasant reference for African-Americans," said David Sansing, who is white and a professor emeritus of history at the University of Mississippi.
"Many Mississippians are reluctant to go back there because they don't want to remind themselves or the African-American people about our sordid past," said Sansing. "But it is our past."
Black Mississippians express pride that some ancestors were Union soldiers who fought to end slavery, though it took more than a century for the U.S. to dismantle state-sanctioned segregation and guarantee voting rights.
Sansing is among dignitaries who will be traveling to Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg, Md., this weekend to dedicate a blue-gray granite marker commemorating the 11th Mississippi Infantry, which saw 119 members killed, wounded or missing in battle there on Sept. 16-17, 1862. The infantry had almost 1,000 soldiers, including a unit of University of Mississippi students known as the University Greys.
Among the speakers set to dedicate the monument Sunday is Bertram Hayes-Davis, great-great grandson of Confederate president Jefferson Davis. He was recently hired as executive director of Beauvoir, the white-columned Biloxi, Miss., mansion that was the final home of his ancestor, a Mississippi native.
The state is taking a decidedly low-key and scholarly approach to commemorating the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.
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I’m so sick of the people hating the Confederate Flag and the “Racial” ties the flag has to slaves. Do they not know a lot of Jews brought jews over here? If this is the first time to read this go to my blog on these facts here: http://anp14louisiana.blogspot.com/2012/08/support-israel.html
My point of the matter is the Confederate flag is about Pride and Love for the South/Confederacy. I was born American, but I’m Southern/Confederate by the grace of God. Hasn’t anyone ever heard that saying?
Other than Mississippi, it’s happening in Tennessee and other states here in the south and people need to really start waking up especially like the White Professor mentioned above with his white guilt. Apparently they forgot a lot of “African Americans” fought for the South under the Rebel Flag,in which you can go here to see that as well: http://www.usgennet.org/usa/mo/county/stlouis/blackcs.htm