“The husband of a Connecticut Democrat running for a probate judge seat caused a social media kerfluffle on Friday after it turned out he’s an enthusiastic backer of what looks a lot like white supremacy, much to the exasperation of his political wife, who faces the voters on Tuesday.
Robert Freeman made headlines on Friday after his blog Mindweapons of Ragnarok was exposed by One People’s Project, an organization devoted to monitoring hate groups….”
I heard about this the day before we traveled to Mississippi and now there are dozens of stories in the national liberal media which are clumsily trying to portray Rob as a cartoon Neo-Nazi.
I’ve known Rob Freeman for years and he is nothing of the sort. The Rob that I know has always been a kind, bright, outgoing man with a zest for life who is passionately devoted to the welfare of his people. He was considerate enough to buy Renee and I a wedding gift and sent our family a silver dollar to commemorate the birth of our newborn son in June.
In our conversations over the years, Rob’s main interests have been developing “White Nationalism 2.0,” the impending energy crisis, and organic gardening/sustainable agriculture. He’s also critical of American suburbia which has destroyed organic communities.
It’s easier to paint little devil horns on folks you disagree with, but Rob lacks the self righteous, holier-than-thou, persecuting mentality of the modern neo-Puritan who is outraged by the thought that someone might disagree with his own point of view. There are hundreds of these busybody types on Twitter hounding his wife to divorce him!
I’ve been asked many times by White Nationalists why I prefer to live in the Deep South in the blackest part of Alabama. The answer is that I don’t find most blacks nearly as disagreeable or unpleasant to live among as millions of White liberals in this country.
I don’t have any objection to the content of the article. I will note, however, that we didn’t bring any signs to Oxford because we decided to go on the spur of the moment. I’m not sure who was using the “Anti-racism is the brainchild of racism” sign, but that person wasn’t affiliated with the League.
The SCV has a dilemma: on the one hand, they want to honor the memory of their Confederate ancestors, but on the other hand they want to embrace the racial and cultural values of the Black Republicans – the election of a “Black Republican” president, Abraham Lincoln, was the occasion of secession – which triumphed during the 20th century Civil Rights Movement. They want to be accepted as good modern Americans, but modern American values cannot coexist with Confederate heritage.
It’s interesting to watch this play out. The forces of “anti-racism” and “civil rights” are always clashing with “Southern heritage,” but the “Southern heritage” movement is for anti-racism and civil rights, although their affection for “that courageous Southerner Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” isn’t reciprocated. They recognize that the NAACP is their staunch political enemy, but at the same time they want to sit down in “brotherhood” with them.
With the exception of traitors like Gen. James Longstreet who became a Republican after the war and whose memory was loathed by generations of Southerners, most Confederates had very different racial and cultural views from their beleaguered descendants in the SCV.
The Mid-South Flaggers used multiple versions of the Confederate Battle Flag and the Mississippi State Flag. League members carried the Black Cross, the Southern Rights flag, and several Confederate Battle Flags. Oxford was the first protest since the Uvalda, GA demonstrations a year ago in which the League used the Confederate Battle Flag. The march was an arduous trek from the Kroger grocery store to the Oxford town square to the Confederate monument on campus and back.
We were 15 minutes late arriving in Oxford, but when we got there Kroger had already called the police to have the Mid-South Flaggers evicted from their property. The demonstration relocated to the parking lot of a nearby bank and proceeded from there to the Ole Miss campus. Along the way, we were told multiple times by police that we weren’t allowed to stop and “gather,” even for a brief respite from the heat, in front of any private business.
I’ve participated in eight League demonstrations – Uvalda, Murfreesboro, Atlanta, Greenville, Tallahassee, Richmond, Montgomery, and Wetumpka – and have never seen such a negative reaction from the public. It quickly became obvious that commuters and pedestrians were reacting to the sight of the Confederate Battle Flag, not the message of the Mid-South Flaggers, which was displayed on several professionally made signs, and that most people were either strongly for or against the Confederate Battle Flag. There were people enthusiastically honking their horns, but also plenty of “Go Homes.” At any rate, we distributed lots of Free Magnolias to our supporters and ignored the catcalls.
Outwardly, this was the most moderate rally in which I have participated, yet it provoked the most opposition because of the massed Confederate Battle Flags. There were not one, but two black Confederates in Oxford, in addition to a mixed race family, who I presume were some relation to HK Edgerton, who headlined the event and delivered a brief speech at the soldier’s monument. Mississippi was burning in Oxford, but it was just the heat, which gave me a sunburn and nausea and forced us to cut short our trip and return to Tupelo.
During our march through Oxford, we were accompanied by the SPLC’s Keegan Hankes who was on assignment to write an article. We last saw Keegan in Uvalda, GA at the first Southern Demographic Displacement rally which targeted Mayor Paul Bridges. I noted the irony that this whole controversy was ignited by the noose that was hung around the neck of the James Meredith statue on campus. It was Meredith who integrated Ole Miss back in 1962.
Years later, James Meredith became a rightwing conservative and worked for Sen. Jesse Helms, who fired him because he was too extreme! Meredith supported David Duke’s gubernatorial campaign and came to detest the leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. “Duke believes, and I do, too, that there are millions of whites in this country who have been denied their opportunity at the American dream,” Meredith said.
As Ole Miss moves to “explain” its heritage, I found myself wondering if this includes the James Meredith statue on campus, or what Meredith himself thinks of the millionaires the Civil Rights Movement created.
Note: The League will be holding our own demonstration in Oxford at some point in the future. We asked the police about that while we were here.
Just 13% of Americans say the government can be trusted to do what is right always or most of the time, with just over three-quarters saying only some of the time and one in 10 saying they never trust the government, according to the poll.
“The number who trust the government all or most of the time has sunk so low that it is hard to remember that there was ever a time when Americans routinely trusted the government,” CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said
- Renaming “Confederate Drive”
- Appointing a “Vice Chancellor of Diversity”
- Abandoning Colonel Reb for a politically correct mascot
- Installing plaques to “explain” Southern landmarks
- Banning “Dixie,” the chant “The South Will Rise Again,” and the Confederate Battle Flag at Ole Miss football games
“A lot of liberals talk about, ‘let’s have an open, honest dialogue on race,’” he said. “That’s what’s gonna be able to solve these problems we have in the communities and what not. But they do not want that. They do not want open and honest dialogue. They want you to agree with them. They want the continued victimization and excuses that go out. The second you literally bring up the real problems that are happening in this country as far as certain communities go, you’re chastised, you’re given the scarlet letter which is now R – “racist”. And there’s no way to discuss this as a white, especially male American without being called a racist.”
“White males are just the abomination of the United States right now,” he said. “They’re looked at as jokes, as horrible people that are so against diversity and everything, and when you look back at the history of this country, the achievements that white males have made in this country is astounding. And regardless of what diversity might bring to this country, you can’t discount what white men have done for this country.
“When you watch any of the footage of any of the Apollo programs over the years and you look at the control room of mission control, what do you see?” he asked. “Do you see diversity there? Honestly! Let’s be honest. You’re seeing white males smoking cigarettes, drinking coffee at the console and putting people on the moon. How is this a horrible thing? How is this something to look at and say, ‘We need to change this by injecting people that do not pay attention to the laws of this country, do not assimilate to the culture, do not work and contribute to this nation’? Why is this a good thing to then add these people into the formula to make this a great country? Diversity for the sense of just diversity is not a good thing.”
Here’s a critical passage from John Alexander Williams’ Appalachia: A History which explains how Appalachia, regardless of whether its people fought for the Union or the Confederacy, suffered a crushing defeat in the “Civil War,” which led to the subsequent impoverishment of the region and its colonization by Northern industrial and railroad interests in the postwar era:
“Though there were other causes of the region’s impoverishment, the effects of the war were significant. The impoverishment of the defeated South generally hurt Appalachia in several ways. The plantation market for Appalachian livestock and foodstuffs was drastically reduced after the war, as were livestock herds in districts where the armies had forged. The state-owned or state-subsidized railroad systems were substantially wrecked. Railroad corporations in the North gradually gathered up the financial wreckage as the roads were rebuilt and thereafter operated most of the roads as subsidies of northern systems. Although mountain resorts emerged from the war largely intact, the upper-class southern patrons were damaged beyond the extent that even General Lee, who made a point of visiting White Sulphur Springs during the immediate postwar years, could repair.”
Appalachia’s economy in the antebellum era had been strongly tied to the economy of the plantation belt. The destruction of slavery in the lowlands landed an immediate blow to the tourism industry. Northern financiers took over and rebuilt the railroads and charged exorbitant rates that strangled commerce. The Union Army turned Appalachia into a war zone and destroyed its livestock.
“Wartime congressional initiatives that granted free land to western railroads and free homesteads to settlers of the trans-Mississippi West in effect subsidized competing producers of agricultural commodities that had underpinned Appalachia’s antebellum prosperity. Although the region’s relative prosperity had been compromised as farmers and herdsmen moved ever more deeply into the Appalachian Plateau, the profits of the antebellum era had borne fruit in the form of several promising local initiatives that were subsequently damaged or disrupted by the war. Two examples are offered in the Burning Springs oilfield near Parkersburg, West Virginia, and the emerging ironmaking districts around Chattanooga and in northern Alabama. When these institutions eventually did flourish, it would be as subsidiaries or junior partners of northern firms.”
By staying in the Union, the wrecked farm-and-forest economy of antebellum Appalachia was thrown into competition with subsidized agriculture in the Midwest and Great Plains. Appalachian industry was brought under the control of northern firms.
“With the impediment of southern congressmen and senators nullified, Congress enacted other legislation that placed the South generally and Appalachia in particular at a disadvantage vis-à-vis the North and West. The National Banking Act of 1863 created a banking system that dried up credit in the South and West and allowed regional developers to operate only on terms laid down by metropolitan financial interests. Added to lowland resentment at real or imagined mountain disloyalty during the war, the impoverishment of southern state governments meant that the public funding that had financed the canals, turnpikes, and railroads – not to mention the puny educational funding of the antebellum era – was no longer an option for needful mountain communities.”
The Union Army’s destruction of the slave-based economy of the lowlands dried up the resources for internal improvements and education in the mountains. The National Banking Act of 1863 sucked credit out of Appalachia and put the region at the mercy of the Northeastern “Money Power.”
“This is a part of the war on whites that’s being launched by the Democratic Party,” Brooks said. “And the way in which they’re launching this war is by claiming that whites hate everybody else. It’s a part of the strategy that Barack Obama implemented in 2008. He did it again in 2012, where he divides us all on race, on sex, greed, envy, class warfare, all those kinds of things.” …”