The Texas Reconstruction Project is a network of de-confederate organizations pursuing public education regarding the history of white supremacy in Texas — especially having to do with slavery, the Civil War, and Jim Crow — and the removal from public land of every device by which white supremacist actions, individuals, and institutions, especially those related to the Confederacy, are honored. We cannot complete the Reconstruction of Texas, which failed in 1874, but we can clear the way to a more perfect Union by spreading the truth of our history so that we can stop repeating it.
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A few weeks ago, we had our weekly tabling and monthly rally in Georgetown, TX, to remove their Confederate monument. It was a special day, because in Charlottesville, VA, they removed the monuments to Lee and Jackson that had been the focal point of the Unite the Right rally in 2017 — the rally-turned-riot thatContinue reading “The Semantics and Pragmatics of “Black Lives Matter””
That depends on what we mean by ‘courage. If by ‘courage’ or ‘bravery’, you’re trying to refer to a virtue, then they were not. If, by those words, you’re trying to refer to a willingness to face danger and overcome fear, then, sure, but in that case, courage isn’t praiseworthy. Plato and Aristotle wrote aboutContinue reading “Were Confederate Soldiers Courageous?”
Defenders of Confederate monuments and the Confederacy itself regularly say that “we can’t judge people of the past by the standards of today”. They thus take for granted that standards can change over time — that what’s moral at one time might be immoral at another. This view is known as ‘moral relativism’. You canContinue reading “Confederate Relativism”
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