HBO programming president defends ‘Confederate,’ says network is “standing by” the writers

  • LOS ANGELES — When it was first announced in a press release on July 19, HBO’s new series Confederate caused a backlash with just a logline. 
  • Game of Thrones showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff’s upcoming series imagines a world where the Confederacy didn’t lose the Civil War.
  • At HBO’s TCA press conference Wednesday, HBO programming president Casey Bloys defended the show and its team, saying there is “a long history at HBO of betting on our talent” and that the network would be “standing by” the creative team. 
  • But he also admitted that relying on a press release to announce the show was not ideal. “We could’ve done a better job with the press rollout,” Bloys admitted. Read more (7/26/17)

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St. Louis wants to take down a Confederate statue. But residents will have to pay extra.

  • Elected leaders in St. Louis say they want to move a 103-year-old Confederate monument that sits in one of the city’s public parks.
  • The catch? The city won’t use taxpayers’ dollars to do it.
  • If residents want to rid Forest Park of the symbol of racism and white supremacy, they can donate to a GoFundMe campaign started by St. Louis Treasurer Tishaura Jones.
  •  Over the last few years, two sitting mayors claimed the city simply can’t afford to move the 32-foot-tall granite and bronze statue depicting Missourian families who sent their young men to fight for pro-slavery Confederate states during the Civil War. Read more. (5/27/17, 11:25 AM)

2000 - The burning of the confederate flag took place on June 17, 2000 in Newark, NJ, and was organized by People’s Organization for Progress. 

This was in response to the then-controversy of South Carolina’s flying of the Confederate flag atop of their statehouse dome. In July 2000, two weeks after this video was shot, the flag was finally taken down amid pressure. [video]

*dude touchingly weeps on TV about his sick baby and hopes other sick babies, even if they’re poor, can be cared for and properly medically treated*

“He’s attacking Trump! He’s a bad person!”

Look, I don’t know who or what it is you morons worship. But it ain’t Jesus. You are literally about as far away from Jesus as it possible to get. 

how about instead of “what if nazi’s/the confederacy won” we get an au where slavery never happened or where the holocaust never happened or better yet where the bubonic plague killed these white demons off

Can people fucking stop with the alternate timeline TV shows where the worst things to befall marginalised people are still happening? First Amazon comes out with a show where the premise is that my entire family and the family of every other Jewish person I know in the US has been wiped out by the Nazis, and now HBO wants to do a show about an alternate timeline where the confederacy is still ongoing and Black people are still slaves? 


Originally posted by gifsforthemasses

My school district refuses to remove confederate symbols from my high school campus

I am a student at Robert E. Lee high school in San Antonio, Texas. When you walk into Robert E. Lee high school, the first thing you will see is a giant statue of Robert E. Lee. Imagine being an African American student and having to walk into school every day looking at a man who fought for the enslavement of your ancestors. Robert E. Lee high school is the oldest school in the North East Independent School district. The school mascot is a “volunteer” appearing in a red and gray confederate army uniform and looking a lot like Robert himself. The school colors are red and gray which are the confederate colors. The pep squad is called the “confederettes”, The JV drill team is called the “dixie drillers” and the varsity dance team is called the “rebel rousers”.  Progress this summer was made when two confederate emblems were removed from the campus. This summer, a peer of mine, Kayla Wilson, sought to get rid of all confederate symbols from my school and change the name. At first, the district wouldn’t even put the name change up for discussion. After a long battle of board meetings and a petition with over 11,000 people, the school board voted not to change anything about my school. “Dec 11, 2015 — On Monday night NEISD Board voted NOT to rename Robert E Lee H.S . Board Trustee Wheat pleaded with fellow Board members to give the students and faculty an opportunity to voice their opinion and grievances. He requested a committee made up of teachers, administrators, and community to do surveys, obtain facts, and submit alternate names. He stated"we have not done enough to make this decision". Board Trustee White gave his testimony, as a African American the name offended him, and “we should not have to constantly defend the name of our schools for someone who is so controversial”. White reiterated Robert E Lee was the general of the confederacy, and fought to continue slavery. 

Superintendent Gottardy and Board Trustees Grona, Bresnahan, Hughey, and Perkins stated they had done enough research to make this decision and felt burdened to continue any additional effort. Board Trustee Perkins mocked Trustee Wheat attempt to add the voices of the students , teachers, and PTA.

The board meeting ended with an item being place on the Agenda to look into all symbol, icons, and songs tied to the confederacy. This Agenda item will be reviewed in the spring.

Please review the video below and review the response of the Board members. Unlike other communities like , Houston, Austin, Princeton, UT and even Robert E Lee’s Washington and Lee University recommended a discussion.

San Antonio NEISD refused discussion. Board Trustees did not feel the voice of its students or faculty matter for this decision.

Please email your Board Members why community matters. Why facts are important. Please tell them ALL are children voices’ matter.”

Robert E Lee was a confederate who fought for the enslavement of black people in the United States. He fought to maintain the continued subjugation of Blacks in America’s south. My school district perpetuates a racist culture by keeping racist symbols on my campus. 

The dance team and cheerleader coach threatened to their students that if the name change was posted about on social media or talked about at school, girls would be kicked off the team immediately. 

Faculty members were fired for talking about it on social media as well. 

The petition didn’t make a difference. The school board meeting didn’t make a difference. Very few individuals in San Antonio, Texas want to change the school name to make African American students comfortable. 



Happy birthday General William Tecumseh Sherman (February 8, 1820 – February 14, 1891)

“He took the little child of my friend in his arms, and patted her rosy cheeks, calling her a ‘poor little exile,’ and saying he was sorry to have to drive her away from her comfortable home, but that war was a cruel and inexorable thing, and its necessities compelled him to do many things which he heartily regretted.” -George McDonnell

“War is the remedy our enemies have chosen. Other simple remedies were within their choice. You know it and they know it, but they wanted war, and I say let us give them all they want.-W.T. Sherman

“Even though you were my enemy, my dear, I would ever love and protect you.” -W.T. Sherman to Cecilia Stovall, 1836

“You once said that I would crush an enemy and you pitied my foe. Do you recall my reply? Although many years have passed, my answer is the same. I would ever shield and protect you. That I have done. Forgive all else. I am only a soldier.-W.T. Sherman to Cecilia Stovall, 1864

“War is hell.” -William Tecumseh Sherman


The Dangerous Victorian Fashion that Killed 3,000 Women

The crinoline is a woman’s large petticoat that has been in and out of fashion since the early 19th century.
The original garment was made from very stiff horsehair fabric that kept the fashionable hoop skirts of the 1800s in its proper position.
Soon the horsehair was replaced by stiffened cotton, and later the cage crinolines became the most popular.
The cage crinoline was made from spring steel running horizontally, with vertical tape lines to keep the hoops secure.
The circumference could be anywhere from a few feet up to about fifteen feet.
Indeed, one had to be very careful when sitting, as the hoops could pop up unexpectedly, showing everything underneath.
The width of some of the ladies dresses made it difficult to walk through doorways and the typical Victorian parlor. A manufactured hoop, however, kept the wearer much cooler than the layers of petticoats did, and Civil War era ladies found they could smuggle medicines, guns, ammunition, and other needed items into the Confederacy underneath their large skirts.
As fashionable as the crinoline was, it became one of the most dangerous articles of clothing ever known. It was highly flammable, and about 3,000 women were killed when their crinolines caught fire.
In 1858, a woman in Boston was standing too close to her fireplace when her skirt caught fire, and it took only minutes for her entire body to be consumed.
In February 1863, Margaret Davey, a 14-year-old kitchen maid, had her crinoline catch fire as she reached up to the mantle for a set of spoons, later dying from the severity of her burns.
In England, over a two-month period, nineteen deaths attributed to burning crinolines were reported. Any women who witnessed the flames were unable to help for fear of their own skirts catching fire. In Philadelphia, nine ballerinas were killed when one brushed by a candle at the Continental Theater.


May 13th 1862: Robert Smalls’s escape from slavery

On this day in 1862, Robert Smalls made his escape from slavery by stealing a Confederate ship. Smalls, the son of a house slave and, allegedly, the plantation owner’s son, was raised in the family home. As a teenager, he worked as a day labourer and sailor on the waterfront in Charleston. When the American Civil War began in 1861, Smalls was hired as a deckhand on Confederate supply ship the Planter. Smalls meticulously noted details of the ship and planned navigation routes, preparing to make his escape. In the early hours of May 13th, 1862, while the white crew slept in the city, Smalls and a small group of slaves - which included his wife and children - sailed the Planter out of Charleston. Smalls applied his knowledge from months of working on the ship to provide the correct signals at checkpoints, enabling the ship to sail to the Union blockade. The Planter raised a white flag of surrender, and was accepted by the Union ships. Smalls brought him not just recently-freed slaves, but the valuable Confederate plans and weaponry found aboard the ship. His daring escape earned him accolades from Congress, and his subsequent speaking tour made him a visible spokesperson for African-Americans fighting in the Union army; Smalls himself served as a naval captain. After the war, Smalls bought his former owner’s house in South Carolina and established a business. He entered politics after the enfranchisement of African-Americans, and served in the House of Representatives from 1874 to 1879. However, Smalls’s political career was marred by racially-motivated accusations of corruption. Robert Smalls, war hero, black activist, and Congressman, died in 1915 aged 75.

We’ll fight them, sir, ‘til hell freezes over, and then, sir, we will fight them on the ice.

The Civil War -by Shelby Foote- Stars in Their Courses: The Gettysburg Campaign, June-July 1863
-By Shelby Foote Page 258

—–Original Quote Traced to Captain Mattingly  “I will fight until Hell freezes over and then fight on the ice.” -The Battle of Bulltown