After World War II was over, The United States and its allies embarked on a de-nazification process in Germany removing any public officials with ties not only to the Nazi governmental structure but those with a fascist ideology. Also removed were the physical vestiges of Nazism, the symbols such as the Swastika on flags, buildings etc. In doing so, the United States prevented a reoccurrence of conflict.
At the end of the United States civil war, the same thing didn’t happen. While slavery ended, the majority white opinion of black people had not changed. Reconstruction was the result of an opinion held by Abraham Lincoln and his cabinet that the South needed to be brought back to a point where they could re-enter the union as soon as possible.
This resulted in a defeated people who didn’t really understand they were defeated and were allowed to hold onto their hateful philosophy and the symbols of that hate such as the Confederate flag.
Now, almost 150 years after the end of the Civil War, there is still racism in the South. Of course, not like it was pre-Civil Rights era but it’s still there and we see movements to restrict voter rights as well as different treatment by police of African –American suspects.
It’s ridiculous to see groups like the Daughter of the Confederacy existing to celebrate what essentially are traitors who lost a war fighting against the US government. What is needed is a new de-nazification process. The South needs to reminded they lost the Civil War. Reparations should be paid to the ancestors of those who suffered racial violence and murder. The confederate flag should be banned in all public buildings.
The lingering racism in the USA is the result of never really taking the racists to task, never really making them to suffer. It is more than about time for this to occur.
When I say “South” I would also add states like Idaho, Oklahoma, Kansas et. Any place where racism, sexism, and homophobia seem out of control. It’s mentality not geography.