Secession has been discussed on and off for years by the far right in states including Texas, particularly when Barack Obama was president. Many Southern nationalists turn to violence when states try to remove Confederate monuments, as happened in Charlottesville, Virginia.
On Saturday, white nationalist, white supremacist, and alt-right groups gathered in Charlottesville’s Emancipation Park Saturday to protest the city’s decision to remove a Confederate statue there.
But violence soon broke out ahead of the so-called “Unite the Right” rally Saturday morning and police declared the gathering an unlawful assembly, breaking up the event before it officially began.
Moments later, a vehicle plowed through a crowd of counter-protesters, killing one woman and injuring dozens more.
Supporters of the Old South want to make a break from the nation because they want to perpetuate the white superiority that their racist ancestors promoted during the Civil War.
Well, we don’t need racism in America. We don’t this kind of violence. We don’t need this kind of hatred in our nation. And I believe it’s time for the United States to let the southern states go.
I’m not the only one who thinks conservative states like Texas and Alabama should secede and take their hatred and Donald Trump with them.
Chuck Thompson, who wrote a 2012 book, “Better Off Without ‘Em: A Northern Manifesto for Southern Secession,” says that Perhaps the United States should just let the South leave.
Thompson argues that both the United States and the South might both be best served if Southern nationalists won the argument and succeeded in forming a new nation.
“The South has been at odds with the rest of the nation for generations over issues including education, race, politics, shared history and religion,” Thompson said in a telephone interview, “and some things just don’t change.”
“It’s not that just the rest of the country would be better off without them,” he said. “It’s that everyone would be better off without them,” he concluded.
What do you think?