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What’s the Matter with Georgia?


Erik Loomis made more or less this same point a few weeks back, but it bears repeating: when it comes to Confederate nostalgia, Georgia is rubbish. What, after all, can be said about a state whose voters expelled the governor because they didn’t like the flag he signed into law? Yeah, the barbeque is great, and we must give due thanks to the state that brought forth Fletcher Henderson, MLK, James Dickey and Nipsey Russell . . . but c’mon, y’all. I know this is a hard month for Southern nationalists — your ancestors started and lost an epic war of choice four Aprils apart during the 1860s — but this is just pathetic:

In January, the [Georgia] House passed a resolution, with no objections, proclaiming 2007 as the Year of Robert E. Lee, the general who commanded the Confederate forces.

Since 1995, 67 resolutions or bills have been introduced referring to Confederates, such as those commending the Sons of the Confederacy or allowing drivers to purchase commemorative license plates for their cars.

Each year, a resolution typically sails through proclaiming April Confederate History and Heritage Month, sponsored variously by Republicans and Democrats.

This year, Sen. Jeff Mullis, R-Chickamauga, introduced Senate Bill 283 on March 1, before DuBose publicly called for Georgia’s apology. Though it has passed in other years, the Heritage Month bill died Monday without coming to a vote before the whole Senate.

And this is just batshit, collaborationist insanity:

As the state Legislature ponders whether to apologize for slavery, the Cobb County Commission on Tuesday honored April as Confederate History and Heritage Month — with a black commissioner making the proclamation.

Commissioner Annette Kesting said she had no trouble honoring the Confederate cause.

“They were fighting for their families and their history,” said Kesting. She added that this is the third year in a row that she has made the April proclamation for the commission. “Everyone is entitled to their history.”

If by “history” she means “undermedicated delusions,” I suppose she has a point.

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