Connie Chastain writes:
“That, of course, is not true. First, there’s no such thing as Rainbow Confederates …”
A “Rainbow Confederate” is someone who 1.) claims to venerate and wants to preserve Southern heritage, usually in the form of flags, symbols, and monuments 2.) while simultaneously rejecting and abhoring the racial beliefs of previous generations, particularly with regards to slavery and segregation, which are deemed illegitimate, and 3.) who subscribes to a utopian fantasy of an integrated, multiracial South, in spite of the disastrous results of that Yankee experiment, and 4.) who usually, but not necessarily, projects post-1980 racial attitudes back on the historical Confederacy.
These people are overwhelmingly Baby Boomers. This mindset was non-existent in the South until the 1970s and 1980s at the earliest. It peaked in the 1990s. They clash with Southern Nationalalists who are ethnonationalists as well as older Southerners who still cling to our traditional racial and cultural beliefs.
and second, the cultural conditions that empowered blacks to attack Confederate symbolism were not created by disagreeing with official government oppression.
Memphis is the fruit of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which empowers black majorities, and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Fair Housing Act of 1968, which strips Whites of their ability to preserve the racial integrity of their school districts, businesses, and neighborhoods, which in turn generates the black crime and the downward spiral in property value, school quality, public services, and public safety that drives Whites out of cities like Memphis, Birmingham, Atlanta, Richmond, and New Orleans.
Experience has shown time and again that segregation and white supremacy are necessary to preserve White majorities in a multiracial environment. The people who denounced segregation and white supremacy as illegitimate undermined the cultural foundation that preserved the White majority.
In Selma and Memphis, the White majority was lost and the new black majority captured control of the city government. In both cities, the result of black empowerment was an attack on Confederate symbols and monuments, which follows naturally from black empowerment and ultimately from the naive Rainbow Confederate belief that “oppression” is illegitimate, as opposed to just and necessary to preserve a White level of civilization for posterity while living among Africans.
If Griffin’s very simplistic view of causes and effects (“Baby Boomers done it!”) is very widespread among Millennials, that means they are far less capable of preserving Southern heritage than the Baby Boomers he decries.
This is a straw man.
In the South, the Civil Rights Movement was imposed from above by federal power. The “Greatest Generation” and the “Silent Generation” opposed integration even in some cases to the point of violence.
They were outvoted and outgunned within the context of the Union. Most of these people never changed their racial and cultural beliefs. It wasn’t until the 1980s and 1990s that Southern racial attitudes really began to change and that was due to Baby Boomers adopting the poisonous values that their parents had rejected in the 1960s.
That was the point when Southern heritage came under relentless attack and began to crumble because its so-called defenders – the Rainbow Confederates – had embraced the “anti-racist” values (read: anti-White values) of BRA and the counterculture.
In fact,he is so obsessed with one thing — it apparently defines the whole world and all of existence for him — he seems absolutely clueless about what heritage preservation (and restoration) will require. Fortunately, I don’t think his myopic and clueless views are all that prevalent among Generation Y, so there’s hope yet.
Allow me to illustrate:
Segregation is immoral because blacks are “oppressed” >> utopian belief an integrated, multiracial society is possible >> federal laws and federal court orders that enfranchise blacks and which prohibit segregation >> rise in black electoral clout/influx of blacks into White neighborhoods >> rise in violent crime, decline in property value, lowering of quality of school districts as blacks move into areas from which they are previously excluded >> White flight to suburbs >> further decline in White electoral strength >> eventual black majority in cities like Birmingham, Atlanta, and Memphis >> economic decline/loss of social capital as Whites abandon city or county >> attacks on Confederate symbols and monuments by black politicians answerable to a political base of impoverished blacks.
Fortunately, I don’t think his myopic and clueless views are all that prevalent among Generation Y, so there’s hope yet.
The people who are around my age who care about the preservation of Southern heritage can see that the Rainbows are the only generation in Southern history who failed to preserve our heritage.
As late as the 1960s, the Confederate monument on Stone Mountain was being completed. By the 1980s and 1990s, Confederate symbolism was under siege across the South and the Rainbows were ceding ground on every front in the culture war. These people can’t even protect the unborn or preserve the definition of marriage.
Where do these failures get off condescending to us?