With so much tension in this country over police brutality and the death of so many African Americans at the hands of the police, the debate over the Confederate Flag has surge back as major American Institutions have banned the use of this flag. However, the biggest question resides in why is that flag still so prevalent and displayed with pride by so many?
The Lost Cause of the Confederacy is the main reason this flag still fly’s on the back of pick up trucks and is used at major sporting events in the south.
The Lost Cause of the Confederacy, or simply the Lost Cause, is an American pseudo-historical, negationist ideology that holds that the cause of the Confederacy during the American Civil War was a just and heroic one. … In this manner, white supremacy is a characteristic of the Lost Cause narrative.
The narrative for the National Register of Historic Places application read:
The Cult of the Lost Cause had its roots in the Southern search for justification and the need to find a substitute for victory in the Civil War. In attempting to deal with defeat, Southerners created an image of the war as a great heroic epic. A major theme of the Cult of the Lost Cause was the clash of two civilizations, one inferior to the other. The North, “invigorated by constant struggle with nature, had become materialistic, grasping for wealth and power.” The South had a “more generous climate” which had led to a finer society based upon “veracity and honor in man, chastity and fidelity in women.” Like tragic heroes, Southerners had waged a noble but doomed struggle to preserve their superior civilization. There was an element of chivalry in the way the South had fought, achieving noteworthy victories against staggering odds. This was the “Lost Cause” as the late nineteenth century saw it, and a whole generation of Southerners set about glorifying and celebrating it
To sum it up the lost cause is a movement by people in an attempt to win a war that they lost in 1865. The Confederacy was a group of racist southerners that seceded from the Union, killed thousands of Americans and lost the war.
It is time to preserve history in museums and get rid of this lost cause mentality. They lost and will never win the ideological war.