In dismay, I read the front page MDJ article on Friday about the 150th anniversary and planned celebration of the Battle at Kennesaw during the Civil War. I’m asking myself why some Southerners, not all, still want to celebrate such a tragic event in our nation’s history that killed more than 600,000 people? It was not even for anything noble and correct. It was because the Southern states wanted to continue their way of life, including slavery. Maintaining slavery was the main reason.
I have lived in the South for more than two decades and have met many lovely people throughout the years. If there was a celebration to celebrate the Southern way of life, including the culture, food, unique expressions, Southern hospitality and weather, I would definitely attend such an event! But I, and many others, would not attend an event celebrating the “black eye” in our history called the Civil War.
Not all Southerners who fought in the war wanted to do so, but many were young and uneducated and went along with what their family members or local townsfolk did. Not all Southerners were pro-slavery. Many just went along with it because they were afraid to speak up. I say this because it’s not right to make blanket statements about groups of people because of the “sins” of some.
I find it ironic that amongst the schedule of events for the anniversary of the Civil War, I see the dates for the Juneteenth Festival, which celebrates the emancipation of slaves.