Reflecting on morality
amid a Lost Cause relic
As the Lee statue comes down in Richmond, the former heart of the Confederacy, there are generations of local families who supported the Lost Cause at that time — and many of their descendants still do. A cloak of mythical blindness was woven around the central issue: the morality of owning other humans as property to maintain the backbreaking labor required by an agricultural economy.
There still are organizations whose purpose is to keep those myths alive: the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the Sons of Confederate Veterans, schools, and public buildings and universities named for the generals and politicians of that time. Ancestor worship might be a heathen idea and practice to many Virginians, but what else is this?