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.


3 Responses to “NAACP to Protest Charleston’s Confederacy ‘Secession Ball’”

  1. Billy Bearden on December 14th, 2010 9:22 am

    Prostitution or not. Gambling or not. Legal Marijuana or not. Gay marraige or not. Motorcycle Helmets or not. Multiple wives or not. Illegal Aliens allowed or not. Death penalty or not. And yes, at one time – both North and south – slavery or not.

    State’s Rights. Embrace the fact and follow the Constitution!

    On the Coat of Arms of the New York State Flag is a Tall Masted Ship. That ship per the legal definition of the NY flag code “Represents Commerce”. The New York Coat of Arms was designed in the 1700s. One of New York’s biggest and most profitable forms of commerce in the 1700’s was the importation and sale of Slaves.

    The same can be witnessed on the Pennsylvania State Flag.

    During President Lincoln’s 1st Inagrual Address of March 1861, he openly promoted the proposal of the “Slavery in Perpetuity” amendment already passed in Congress (see Corwin Amendment) and RATIFIED in 2 Northern states.

    If the war was about slavery, all the south had to do was stay in the Union, ratify Corwin, and we would still have slavery today.

    In President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, he allowed the south until January 1863 to lay down the weapons and return to the Union and would retain slavery.

    If the war was all about slavery all the south had to do was accept Lincoln’s offer and rejoin the Union to keep slavery.

    In the Hampton Roads Peace Conference in 1864, Lincoln told the south to lay down arms and rejoin the Union to keep slavery, but the south refused.

    Were it all about slavery, well you get the picture…

    Oh – and on a funny note, the movie “Birth of a Nation” incorrectly portrays Nathan Bedford Forrest as the KKK founder. He did not. In fact he is credited by the US Congress as publically calling for the KKK to disband in 1869 which they did. Hopefully Mr Lonnie Randolph will point this out to the audience!

    Thanks and God Bless
    Merry Christmas

  2. Bill Vallante on December 15th, 2010 10:28 pm

    So, let me see if I have this straight, the National Association of Always Complaining People, the same bunch who coined the term, “the painful reminder of slavery,” is upset because a bunch of folks forgot to remind them of it? Do I have it right?

    Memo to Lonnie Randolph and company – nowhere is it written that we have to ask your permission to celebrate what is important to us. No one died and made you King and as such, no one is mandated to cater to your whims and sensibilities. And in case you no one’s told you, the world does not revolve around you. It never has and never will. Please go and happily celebrate those things that are important to you. Many of us think that at least some of those things are inane at best but we won’t bother you about it. We would like the same courtesy in return.

  3. Jimmy L. Shirley Jr. on December 15th, 2010 11:38 pm

    On another publication, earlier in the week, Lonnie Randolph made several asserions which were in error. Below, is what i posted in response to his wild claims.
    First of all, Randolph said: “There is nothing to celebrate about killing a million people. South Carolina still lives under the rule of the Confederacy today,” Randolph said.
    Presuming he is referring to those Americans killed during the War Between The States, that total has been established, for a long time now, at around 620,000. Randolph is wrong.
    Second of all, “he compared the Secession Ball to celebrating Sept. 11, Adolf Hitler, or the American Indian massacre at Wounded Knee.”
    What a stupidly false, ugly, mean-spirited thing to say. On every level he is wrong here. How then would he characterise the massacre of some 800,000 Africans in Rwanda during a 100 day period in 1994? By other Africans? Randolph is an idiot!
    Third of all, he says: “The state wanted to right to buy and sell people. Tell the whole truth,” he said.
    The State ALREADY HAD that right under the Constitution of the United States of America. And, being the 13th Amendment, perpetuating involuntary African servitude, was already on the table in Congress, if the Southern States had not seceded, we might still have slavery in the South unto this very day. An Amendment requiring the approval of 2/3rds vote in both houses of Congress, plus the approval of 3/4ths of the States, back then it had a pretty good chance of becoming the law of the land. Again, Randolph is wrong!
    Lastly, he said this: “Equality, justice and fairness aren’t the order of the day. And that’s what we’re here for. We have to respect the rights and the decency of all human beings,”.
    Dont those who wish to have the Ball and those who wish to attend deserve “Equality, justice and fairness”? Is not Randolph supposed “to respect the rights and the decency of all human beings,” including them?
    Randolph is wrong all over the place. Like others have said, the naacp (tanned klan) needs to be disbanded, having outlived their usefulness of honour. They have sunk to the level of useful idiots, as pawns in the hands of those who wish to keep us divided.

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