Monday night the Sons of Confederate Veterans sponsored the South Carolina Secession Ball, commemorating the 150th Anniversary of South Carolina’s decision to secede from the United States of America.
The gala, located in Charleston, was met with protests from the NAACP and other concerned citizens.
The event featured “a 45 minute theatrical play re-enacting the signing of the original Ordinance of Secession with Senators and famous individuals as actors in the performance.” In addition, the Original Ordinance of Secession was available for viewing by guests.
The $100 per-person cost included admission to the theatrical play, dinner, and dancing. The dress code: Modern black tie, Period formal, or pre-war militia. Ladies formal modern or period.
Organizers claim the event was to honor men who were willing to sacrifice their lives for their homes and their vision of states’ rights. Yet the claim that the Civil War, or South Carolina’s secession, was about states’ rights rings false.
Organizers claim the Secession Ball was not a celebration of, nor nostalgia for, slavery. Yet it is hard to understand it as anything but. South Carolina’s secession was not about states’ rights. South Carolina’s secession was first and foremost about slavery.
The attempt to rewrite the historical narrative of the Civil War and Southern Secession is a peculiar fetish of the South. 150 years after the fact, and some Southerners are still in denial, apologists for a moral abomination. The abysmal failure of the Confederacy is nothing to be proud about.
One need only look to groups like the Sons of Confederate Veterans to grasp the severity of the malady. The Sons of Confederate Veterans is advertised as a fraternal organization composed of male descendants of the men who served in the Confederate Armed Forces during the War for Southern Independence.
Their core responsibility is articulated in a charge given to them by Lt. General Stephen D. Lee which calls on them to defend the heritage, honor, and reputation of the Confederate soldier and the Cause they fought for.
In truth these are seriously deluded individuals wrapping themselves in the ugly and shameful Confederate battle flag. There is no Confederate heritage, no Confederate honor, no Confederate reputation to defend.
The Confederate Cause is, and was, a morally bankrupt, fundamentally evil, endeavor. To fight for the right to buy and sell another human being is nothing but despicable.
Monday night the Sons of Confederate Veterans sponsored a gala to honor men who committed treason to preserve a system that kept black men and women in bondage as slaves.