'Glory': Civil War fight by black troops recalled

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TedMarco

Carmel, IN

#2 Jul 19, 2013
Wasteland Detroit, after 50+ years of corrupt democratic control, declaring backruptsy just proves that once you go black you never come back.
bellowing niceties

Greeley, CO

#3 Jul 19, 2013
I think this is great. The shared sacrifice of whites & black led to the ending of slavery. It wasn't without wrinkles and setbacks, but the end was just.

I appreciate seeing those black re-enactors dressed in spiffy, smart-looking uniforms. They show a seriousness of intent and determination that we Americans should be proud of.

I also appreciate the fact that nobody is wearing a "hoodie" or holding his gun horizontally and going "take dat, you MF's" while firing it. No, they acted professionally and courageously, just like their forefathers. Well done!
chisholm

Columbus, OH

#4 Jul 19, 2013
A great moment in African-American history, one to be proud of. Too bad all three above posts chose to slime the commemoration with race-baiting and hatred, though.

That's disgusting. And ignorant.
Weatherbrain

Stillwater, OK

#5 Jul 19, 2013
TedMarco wrote:
Wasteland Detroit, after 50+ years of corrupt democratic control, declaring backruptsy just proves that once you go black you never come back.
There’s “an elephant in the living room", and it isn't the GOP :)
Sixty years of one-party socialist rule in our major cities has been an abominable failure.[See: Detroit]. They have to blame someone or something other than themselves. As George Will wisely noted: "The cry of ‘RACISM’ is the McCarthyism of the Left."
bellowing niceties

Greeley, CO

#6 Jul 19, 2013
chisholm wrote:
A great moment in African-American history, one to be proud of. Too bad all three above posts chose to slime the commemoration with race-baiting and hatred, though.
That's disgusting. And ignorant.
I agree, but I did not engage in race-baiting and hatred. I do not accept that "gangsta" is part of black culture. It's a recent modern fairy tale that has been invented out of whole cloth. It's something Hollywood and the music industry have tagged them with in order to capitalize on it. Their REAL culture and history is represented by those fine lads in civil war Yankee blue.

I'm sorry you couldn't recognize that in my post. I hope this clears it up. The dialogue I created was meant to be fake (as is "gangsta") and ironic, not a criticism of black culture. The black people I know act pretty much like everyone else. No hoodies are worn, nor are Glocks held out sideways with "MF's" flying about. Their wives, daughters and girlfriends are not "bitches & hoes". That's BS, rap con-artist and Hollywood crap, nothing more.
chisholm

Columbus, OH

#7 Jul 22, 2013
bellowing niceties wrote:
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I agree, but I did not engage in race-baiting and hatred. I do not accept that "gangsta" is part of black culture. It's a recent modern fairy tale that has been invented out of whole cloth. It's something Hollywood and the music industry have tagged them with in order to capitalize on it. Their REAL culture and history is represented by those fine lads in civil war Yankee blue.
I'm sorry you couldn't recognize that in my post. I hope this clears it up. The dialogue I created was meant to be fake (as is "gangsta") and ironic, not a criticism of black culture. The black people I know act pretty much like everyone else. No hoodies are worn, nor are Glocks held out sideways with "MF's" flying about. Their wives, daughters and girlfriends are not "bitches & hoes". That's BS, rap con-artist and Hollywood crap, nothing more.
My point was that being "gangsta" has nothing to do with those black soldier's bravery and heroism, and was seemingly included in your post for no reason at all other than to smear black people you don't approve of.

The rest of your post I agreed with, of course.
bellowing niceties

Greeley, CO

#8 Jul 22, 2013
chisholm wrote:
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My point was that being "gangsta" has nothing to do with those black soldier's bravery and heroism, and was seemingly included in your post for no reason at all other than to smear black people you don't approve of.
The rest of your post I agreed with, of course.
No, I was suggesting that more black people should emulate those re-enactors. Or are you seriously suggesting that "gangsta" is not a problem in black America in recent years? I think you'll find about 1000 gang members in most predominantly black neighborhoods for every civil war re-enactor - if you can even find one of the latter.

By the same token, back in the first part of the last century the same could be said of white communities in the south and their "gangsta culture", namely the KKK. Thankfully, the thug-like KKK has diminished to almost nothing. Hopefully the same will be true of gangs and "gangsta" culture.

It's not a "smear" to point out the truth. This is not a race problem, it's a cultural one, albeit with racial undertones. ANY culture can get off-track regardless of race, as the Nazis in lilly-white Germany proved. Talk about thugs on steroids! They make today's "gangsta" culture look mild. And every damn one of them was Caucasian (it kind of went with their insane, perverted view of things).

But if you point was that I diminished my praise of the re-enactors by bringing in another somewhat unrelated issue, I plead guilty. Yes, the history they represent is magnificent. Not only that, but the guts they display by "going against type" and reliving it is very important. They are role models for black youth as well as folks helping all Americans learn some history.

I think the role model issue is important too. Imagine a young black man with his pals talking about how his dad has a gun too...but not a 9-mil, but rather a musket. And that he's gone that weekend to participate with a bunch of white folk in a civil war re-enactment. Imagine the provocative questions that will bring up! I see this a another good thing, one that should be given credit, both for that man's role and for his courage too. Don't you think he gets some odd looks when he talks about this? But he doesn't flinch, does he? I admire that.

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