Let’s not undo 50 years of progress on racial equality

Commentary | December 22, 2010 | By John Burbank | Everett Herald

It was on Dec. 20, 1860 that South Carolina seceded from the Union. And on Monday in Charleston, the people nostalgic for the confederacy held a “secession ball.” Let’s be clear: The reason for secession was to preserve slavery. While the Civil War abolished slavery, white supremacy reasserted itself not long after, with organized violence and terrorism against the black community. And that’s the way it was for almost 100 years, until the civil rights movement challenged the institutions and culture of Jim Crow.

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