I have walked many cemeteries doing research and studying the resting places where great individuals and the common folk share the same destination. I always found confederate cemeteries more depressing than most. A Confederate Cemetery is a peculiar abode filled with hideous sorrow and gloom. It is different from other graveyards in that sorrowfulness is not solely based on courageous men who died in war, but sadness based on men who died for all the wrong reasons. These cemeteries hold the remains of soldiers who died protecting the interests of slavery, and of a dogma that humanity condemned even then. Many died consciously defending the slave owner‘s hold upon the minds of blind followers, which strangled many with the guarantee of injustice and the crushing legacy of enslaved millions. In these graveyards are individuals who were drafted into the Confederate army, and asked to sacrifice themselves for a falsehood generated by the affluent plantation owners. They serviced the greed of planters who had only their self-interest at heart.
However, these men, though perhaps guilty of following a murderous cause may also have been simply victims of racist deceitful scheming and brainwashing. The individuals that were placed on these grounds should not be summoned to cry out from the tomb to be memorialized for their misdeeds or mistakes by living unsighted men. Conscious and unconscious people are still giving their blessings to the horrors of slavery and evil men—the living dead walk amongst us. The dead cannot speak, and so we are left with false histories told by the mentally dead who are still fooled by a cause that enshrined human suffering at the end of a whip, a burning fire, or a hangman’s noose.
Those forced to accept the foul bidding of others should be left in peace, for if they ever realized they were wrong, and the historical record reveals that many did, as in Jones County, Mississippi and other places, they would not want glorification by those still held captive by the ancient drumbeats of injustice. How many poor and uneducated confederate soldiers died knowing that they were manipulated by wealthy plantation owner greed? Some did, no doubt, while others either accepted the falsehoods of racism or were forced on a course that was without moral principles. Their deaths were not freedom’s breathe of life, but were a scorching exhalation of hatred. Pointedly, the brainwashed of today do not know what was on the minds of these men when they obeyed a malicious summons. They should not pretend they do in order to further a mistaken belief.
Many have died in wars not of their own choosing, forced to obey the call of men who pretend to stand at the height of invented patriotism gelled from falsehoods. Men who died in defense of slavery are not vindicated by their service, when the cause was to expand misery and injustice. As such, it is deplorable to glorify them when their cause cannot be separated from the unjust downfall of hundreds of thousands of all ethnic groups. Thousands of whites deserted the Confederate army when they realized it was not in their best interest to die for those that could afford to purchase human beings. In walking a cemetery such as this, I am fully prepared to feel sorrow for their misguided thoughts, while being aware that hero worship is inappropriate. Their graves display in the presence of eternity, a hideous cognitive dissonance of hypocrisy and myth, which often rules this badly informed world and this is why all symbols of slavery and of the Confederacy should be removed.