Georgia’s Civil War Commission is a real thing. Our state government, it turns out, runs a commission to “coordinate planning, preservation, and promotion of structures, buildings, sites, and battlefields” related to the Civil War.
The vice-chair of Georgia’s Civil War commission — reappointed in 2012 by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle — is Charles Kelly Barrow. He is also the national Commander-in-Chief of the Sons of Confederate veterans. As the AJC reports, Barrow is on a war path after the massacre of nine people in a historic African-American church in Charleston.
No, he’s not on a war path to end racism once and for all. Instead, he’s fighting “a war to save American culture.”
“I am certain I do not need to tell you that we are facing a crisis. In fact, we are facing the greatest threat to our heritage in modern times. The forces arrayed against us are formidable. Their first declared goal is to remove the Confederate Battle flag which flies beside the Confederate Soldier’s monument in Columbia, South Carolina. It was put there in 2000 as part of a political compromise. But do not be fooled into thinking they will stop there. The radical leftists who are driving this crisis are committed to the complete eradication of all things Confederate.”
Let’s be clear: Georgia should not have a Civil War commission.
But because it does exist, the commission should not be run by neo-Confederate propagandists.
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