The South is set to rise again on December 20, but the NAACP is not having it! They plan to protest what the South Carolina NAACP President is calling a “celebration of slavery.” The Secession Ball is supposed to be held to commemorate the 150th anniversary of South Carolina’s secession from the Union.
The co-sponsors of the event, the S.C. Sons of Confederate Veterans, tried to manipulate the facts saying that “slavery was one of several issues that caused – but it was not the cause – of the Civil War.” Slavery was the central most factor to the Civil War because the economy of the nation hinged on slavery and South Carolina was not going to have the federal government reaching into their pockets. They were basically a militia…anti-government. They didn’t want to have anyone telling them how to run their state and those they enslaved.
SouthCarolina’s NAACP President, Lonnie Randolph is planning a peaceful protest the day of the “celebration.” Those who participate will also be a part of a Q&A focusing on slavery and they will watch “segments of “Birth of a Nation,” a 1915 silent film that portrayed Ku Klux Klan members as heroes.”
The Ball will be held at Charleston’s Gaillard Municipal Auditorium at $100 a ticket and includes: period dress, and a reenactment of the signing of South Carolina’s Ordinance of Secession 150 years ago. Read more here.