The Rainbow Confederates at the SHPG claim to be “preserving our heritage,” but their words and actions show this is transparently ridiculous in light of Southern history.
Howard Schuman’s Racial Attitudes in America: Trends and Interpretations is the most comprehensive study ever done of Northern and Southern racial attitudes. In 1958, 4 percent of Whites nationwide approved of racial intermarriage, 96 percent disapproved. In 1963, 62 percent of Whites nationwide supported anti-miscegenation laws, while 38 percent opposed them.
In 1942, 54 percent of Whites nationwide supported segregated transportation, 46 percent opposed segregation. In 1942, 68 percent of Whites nationwide supported segregated schools, while 32 percent supported integrated schools. In 1942, 2 percent of White Southerners supported integrated schools.
In 1942, 42 percent of Whites nationwide believed that racial differences were attributable to the environment rather than heredity. By 1946, 53 percent of Whites nationwide believed that blacks were as smart as Whites, the first time in American history that the White majority was recorded as believing in racial equality.
So, when the “Southern Heritage Preservation Group” claims to be “preserving our heritage,” they are telling a demonstrable falsehood: the anti-racist posturing of these Rainbow Confederates is clearly and indisputably the “heritage” of the Baby Boomer generation, and it did not become mainstream in the South until well into the 1970s and 1980s.
It has nothing to do with the Confederacy, nothing to do with the Jim Crow South, and nothing to do with “Southern heritage.” On the contrary, it has everything to do with conforming to political correctness and their own life experience in BRA in the late twentieth century.
I’m issuing an open challenge to any Rainbow Confederate to come here and dispute these facts.