Watch: The Young Turks Eviscerate Mississippi's 'Confederate Heritage Month'
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has declared April "Confederate Heritage Month," which has rightfully angered many residents in the state, “especially since the governor refuses to mention what the Civil War was really about—slavery,” The Young Turks co-host Ana Kasparian pointed out on Tuesday.
April, Bryant wrote in the proclamation, is “the month in which the Confederate States began and ended a four-year struggle”. Instead of mentioning slavery, the proclamation calls the month a chance to “gain insight from our mistakes and successes” and to “earnestly strive to understand and appreciate our heritage and our opportunities which lie before us.”
But Bryant’s expectations of the obvious backlash can be noted by his failure to issue it on the official Mississippi state website. Instead of issuing the document alongside other proclamations, the “Confederate Heritage Month” proclamation suddenly appeared solely on the Sons of Confederate Veterans’ site.
Cenk Uygur and Kasparian have little trouble completely dismantling the logic behind declaring such a celebration.
“That’s group that’s dedicated to preserving the vestiges of the Southern Rebellion,” Cenk Uygur, Host of The Young Turks, pointed out, adding “There’s different ways that you could do this that would be acceptable. You could celebrate Southern Heritage, that’s broader. But when you say ‘Confederate Heritage,’ you’re referring to the Confederacy [whose message was] ‘We hate the United States of America and we’d like to declare war against it’ which they did. They’re the most un-American, unpatriotic, treasonous people that we’ve had to deal with.” And why did they hate the United States so much? Because they wanted to maintain their states’ rights to own people. “That’s what the Confederacy was all about: ‘Protect my state right to own slaves,” Uygur emphasized.
State governments have declared Confederate Heritage Month in Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Virginia and Texas. Mississippi also sets aside 25 April as “Confederate Memorial Day,” a holiday in most Southern states. However, the Mississippi State flag is the last state flag to Have a Confederate Flag within it.