Discourse white supremacists have on Southern heritage is not actually about heritage. Because if it was then what about the anti-slavery and political radicalism portions of Southern history? That too is part of Southern heritage.
History contains conflict and struggle. There was not Southern unity. No such thing existed. The South contained abolitionists, communists, labor organizers, antiwar organizers and antifascists. That too is Southern heritage. A thread of history mysteriously absent from the minds and mouths of those who claim to celebrate the history of the American South. Southern heritage discourse is not about the complexities of Southern life and politics, it’s about celebrating the Southern aristocracy (and its descendants) and its legacy of slavery.