NAACP to Protest Charleston’s Confederacy ‘Secession Ball’
December 13, 2010
(ChattahBox US News)—The S.C. Sons of Confederate Veterans is co-sponsoring a confederacy dress up “Secession Ball” complete with Mint Juleps, a band playing “Dixie” and a “theatrical play recreating the Convention and the men that cast their votes to remove South Carolina from the union known as These United States.” But amid all of the Confederacy hoopla and the worshiping of state’s rights, the organizers of the event have left out one important feature of the Ordinance of Secession that led to the bloody Civil War. And that would be slavery. Organizer, Jeff Antley, says the Secession Ball “has nothing to do with slavery.” The NAACP is outraged over the convenient rewriting of history. The group plans to protest the Secession gala and any other disrespectful and hurtful sesquicentennial events.
The Secession Ball’s website, gushes over the celebration of the day South Carolina became an “independent nation on December 20th 1860.” The state was the first to secede from the United States, and fired the first shot in the Civil War.
Antley and other organizers have blinders on when it comes to the odious role human slavery played in the Civil War.
“It has nothing to do with slavery as far as I’m concerned,” he said. “What I’m doing is honoring the men from this state who stood up for their self-government and their rights under law — the right to secede was understood.”
“To say that we are commemorating and celebrating the signers of the ordinance and the act of South Carolina going that route is an accurate statement,” Antley said. “The secession movement in South Carolina was a demonstration of freedom.”
The NAACP plans to march in front of the event and hold a viewing of “Birth of a Nation,” to remind the S.C. Sons of Confederate Veterans about slavery.
“We are not opposed to observances,” said Lonnie Randolph, state president of the NAACP. “We are opposed to disrespect.” [...]
“NAACP members and supporters plan to hold a peaceful march in downtown Charleston the day of the ball, on Dec. 20, followed by a meeting and question-and-answer session focusing on slavery. Participants will watch segments of “Birth of a Nation,” a 1915 silent film that portrayed Ku Klux Klan members as heroes.”
Randolph added,“This is nothing more than a celebration of slavery.”
These types of dress up Confederacy events are nothing new. But the Recession Ball, and other celebrations of receding from the Union take on added significance in the current political resurgence in state’s rights and nullification rhetoric.