Why did you create a Confederate character? What’s wrong with you?
i originally created hiram to fill a prompt- that is, a soldier’s truce where union and confederate soldiers would trade food, chat, etc- but also to illustrate that confederates were people, too. there was actually very little difference between union and confederate enlisted men; the difference lie in the officers.
i most definitely don’t approve of the confederacy. i don’t even approve of people who honor and fly the confederate flag today. but it’s important from both a moral and historical standpoint to realize that confederate soldiers were still people, people with families and loved ones, and people who were often devastatingly poor. this image that we have of the entirety of the south being giant plantations staffed by hundreds of slaves is entirely incorrect; much of the south was agricultural poverty, essentially. subsistence farmers. very few people actually owned slaves, and most confederates fought not to preserve slavery, but because the felt that the federal government was overstepping their bounds and invading their homes.
the political and social legacy of the confederacy is that of slavery, and i don’t disagree with it; nearly all of the Big Faces of the confederacy (davis, lee, etc etc) did indeed own plantations and slaves. but the vast majority of people in the south did not own slaves and were very poor.
You were able to reach within everybody’s souls with every song you write and every melody you create. And although you have a way with words that makes it seem like every song you write is a story that everyone has personally been through even if they haven’t., the creative combination of notes and elements you create even without the words is enough to make a person emotional and I think that’s why I truly believe that you’re meant to be where you are right now. But you know what makes people—your members, your colleagues, your fans and even non-fans—regard you with respect shining in their eyes? It’s the blatant truth you say, the unfiltered thoughts that slip past your lips, and even the reality in jokes you spout.. It’s quite endearing and refreshing to see someone like you—an idol. a celebrity—so, so relatable that unknowingly, in a way, you blur the line between you and us, your fans. Honestly, I could go on and on and on that I’d even rap on the spot about how precious you are to me and to everyone else. *clears throat and bobs head to the imaginary beat* Uhuh. Yeah. Okay. Let’s go. This is a rap. I am rapping now. About Min Yoongi. And his gummy smile. And his—OKAYYYYY I think that was enough. But just know that I’d do it….. lol.
Never stop showing the same burning passion you have for music (and your dream to become a rock) because that’s how you’ve inspired people in different parts of the world. Never stop letting people believe to keep dreaming and dreaming and dreaming. Never stop saying the truth as it is. And I hope you continue to share parts of yourself in every music you create. Suga. Agust D. Min Yoongi. Min Yoonji. I love you so much. You deserve the world and nothing lesser than the world. The universe even. Happy Birthday, my grumps! #HappySugaDay