There was a moving, mournful poem.
It was somber...and even beautiful.
But here's the thing - those folks aren't really "remembering the Confederacy." Or, more accurately, they are not remembering the lessons of the Confederacy.
So, at long last (because I probably should have articulated this in a public way sooner) here it is - my thoughts on the Confederate legacy - as written by myself, a woman whose love of "Gone With the Wind" and Southern culture are well known, who had relatives who fought for "The Cause," and whose family owned slaves:
While it's always sad when poor men have to take up arms because rich men screw things up (which is pretty much always how war works), we're better and stronger as United States than we would have been if the Confederates had won.
An economy based on slavery was destined to fail, regardless of how the Civil War turned out. Europe was already abolishing slavery at the time of the US Civil War. It was only a matter of time until the USA decided to do the same.
It's tragic that it played out this way.
It's tragic that so many died for what they perceived as an infringement of their rights.
It's tragic that the South didn't come to the conclusion on their own that slavery was a catastrophic injustice, and take steps to right the wrongs.
It's tragic that the KKK and Jim Crow were established and continued to negatively affect a group of people who did nothing "wrong" but be born with African heritage.
It's tragic that the South chose to fight to maintain a sullied past, rather than adapt and change to ensure a bright future for everyone who lived here.
It's tragic that, to this day, there are those who continue to think there is nothing for which the South should apologize.
And we're dealing with similar issues NOW because, apparently, we've learned nothing.
Even as I write, poor men are being harmed because rich men screwed things up.
Attempts to control, punish, and subjugate those who question established institutions are featured 24/7 on the nation's news networks.
The world is changing and an entire group of people are vehemently fighting to stay in the past instead of adapting to thrive in the present and future.
THAT'S the pity of claiming to "remember the Confederacy"... those who do so unfailingly forget the lessons learned by its loss:
Adapt, change, and do better to thrive.
Cling to the past?
Wither and die.
And no number of epic movies, statues, or moving poems will save your legacy.