On Saturday, members of the Killen, Alabama, based white supremacy group, League of the South, decided to jaunt across the state line to film a propaganda piece at the Emmett Till Memorial, the new one, the bulletproof one, the fourth one.
These very fine men and women, and I cannot emphasize the sarcasm on those word enough, wanted to know where all the monuments to the white people were. Where are the memorials for all the white people?
Just let that sink in. A bunch of racist white people decided to film a video in front of a memorial to a 14-year-old boy killed by white people over false accusations made by white people in an ere when young black men were being brutally tortured and murdered by white people, a memorial that has been shot so many times the folks in charge of it had to go ahead and make it bulletproof. And they have the gall to stand there and ask why they don’t get a statue!
For the sake of argument, I decided to take a gander at the League of the South’s website, read up on the group’s mission statement, goals, etc. Here’s what I found:
The League of the South believes Southern people, by which they mean only white Christians, are being replaced by immigrants and “metrosexuals.” To fight this perceived epidemic brought on by bible-haters and liberals, the group wants to leave the evil American empire so that the “southern race” can reach its full potential.
The rest is pretty much your boilerplate white supremacist garbage, ripped off from the Ku Klux Klan and some old David Duke speeches. It’s a load of crap.
The most worrying part of this for me wasn’t that this group exists, though I don’t understand why people still continue to believe such drivel in 2019. No, the scary part was how much of their propaganda matched the current mainstream political rhetoric.
“The immigrants are stealing our jobs;” “Whites are being eliminated,” “Our culture is being destroyed,” “Our way is the only MORAL choice.”
The similarities in the doctrine of white supremacy and some of our recent political speeches is very troubling, and I hope our state and national leaders will use this as an opportunity to reexamine their words.
In my weekly column, I speak only for myself. My words are my own and my opinions, popular and unpopular alike, are each a product of my un-coerced brain. I cannot speak for anyone else, but I hope others will join me in saying there is no place in Mississippi or in our country for those that perpetuate the belief that skin color makes one better than the other, that violence and intimidation are acceptable to get your way or that where or how you were born means more than what you strive to become.
Mississippi has it’s share of problems treating everyone equally, but I’d like to think we’re getting better. Throughout the state I see groups of likeminded men and women getting together to fight for further progress, further equality for people of all races, genders, sexual identities, religions and yes, even political ideologies. It’s encouraging, and I’m proud of my adopted state.
To the League of the South, I say this: Your hatred and bigotry aren’t welcome in Mississippi, and – I’ve never felt more southern saying this– if you don’t like it, you can leave.
Thomas Howard is the managing editor of The Appeal. He can be reached at email@example.com