March 22, 2008

The Nature of the Hero, Part 1

6 comments:

acaciadad said...

Although I'm a Northerner, I married an enrolled Chickasaw from OK. I also majored in history at Cal. Did you know the CSA gave the Civilized Tribes seats in the Confederate Congress? I thought not. The South was wrong; racism is never right, nor is slavery, although it's existed since ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, Briton, and still does in some Islamic countries. So it's easy to caricature to South if you leave out the 10,000 Black slaveowners in a Leftist's fictional wet dream. Did you know that the infamous Constitutional provision that made slaves count as 3/5 human was a Northern proposal, not a Southern one? If we'd approach one another as individuals rather than as groups, we might do better. If Blacks would learn to see themselves less as victims than as victors who have prevailed over astounding and unrelenting odds, they might gain the sense of empowerment that is theirs by right. American Indians were the objects of bigotry in many areas. They shook it off as they would an annoying insect and got on with their business. I'm not sure what Captain Confederacy is supposed to accomplish (except for the noble effort on behalf of bone marrow). I do know it shows an ignorance of both American history and of the many totalitarian regimes throughout history who are totally out of touch with our Constitutional values. Even our "cousins" in the UK do not have the same freedoms we do. But then the Left has shown itself to be a captive of invincible ignorance for some time. They deal with the world as they wish it was, apparently unable to cope with reality. If the facts aren't what we want, we'll say they're something else. Euphemisms come in very handy. To understand our times, I suggest you study the Weimar Republic in Germany. Within the next 12-18 months, we'll likely face hyperinflation (which is good for the government because they can pay off these massive debts they're running up with cheaper dollars). We'll be trying so desperately to feed our families, we won't have the luxury of writing anti-regional pap such as this.

Will Shetterly said...

Acaciadad, you might want to skip to Book Two. Whatever this story may be, it isn't anti-South.

And, yes, I do know about the Cherokee--Stand Watie was a slaveowner, but I love that he was the last Confederate general to stand down. I also know that the first Jew to rise to high office in North America was the Confederacy's Judah P. Benjamin. I know there was a Chinese private in the Confederacy. I know that there were black slaveowners (and I don't think anyone's claiming 10,000, but I don't know about that, I confess). I know the popular picture of the South is fundamentally wrong.

I also know that "If Blacks would learn to see themselves less as victims than as victors" reeks of all kinds of racism. But I agree that approaching each other as individuals is right, so you might try to do that more when you think of people you consider "Black."

Oliver said...

Comic books are fantasy, not a delusion of reality. I, for one, enjoy the thought of a confederate country- always have. Call me racist, call me what you will. I see no difference when I say I'm proud to be white than when blacks say their proud to be black. Racism in this country is 100% directed to the white man. In the words of Hank Williams Jr.: IF THE SOUTH WOULD'A WON, WE'DA HAD IT MADE!!

Will Shetterly said...

I just deleted a comment that had been left here which helped me see more clearly the difference between a critic and a troll: a critic has something to back up an opinion. A troll just wants to vent.

Anthony Clements said...

I just want to say that Captain Confederacy should have continued. (I'm a northerner and I really liked reading this!)

Anthony Clements said...

Really good story! Will there ever be any more Cpt. Confederacy?