To My Closeted Readership: Be Out and Proud, Say it Loud
One of my readers called a local historical group recently and asked about the source of this image (above) of Will o’ the Wisp, which I’ve used several times here. The person there didn’t know where I got the image, and suggested the caller contact me directly through the blog. That, apparently, was out of the question for the caller, who got a little upset and went off on a ranty tangent about the name of the blog, Dead Confederates, proving that it was anti-Southern, that it showed disrespect for Confederate soldiers and the Southern cause, and so on. For those reasons, this person refused to “log on” to this blog in order to post a query in the comments about the image.
Which is really another way of saying, I read that blog, I just don’t want anyone to know I do.
Now, I’m nothing if not sympathetic. It’s hard to maintain one’s “Confed cred” with one’s butternut buds while admitting that you actually follow the content here. After all, John Stones has warned the make-believe Confederates about visiting blogs like this one, and you sure don’t want to get in trouble with him, right?
I know Stones claims to be tight with Jesus, but lookit: the Lord never said anything in the Gospels about not reading blogs; historiphobia is a modern invention. Y’all need the courage of your convictions. If you read supposedly “anti-Southern” blogs, you need to say so. Set your feet in a wide stance, and stand foursquare against historiographic bigotry. There’s nothing inherently wrong with being curious about the other team, so to speak, and many people have experimented with other historical orientations. Be out and be proud. Tell them you’re here, you’re sincere, and the rest should just get over it.
Above all, remember: Stonewall would want you to.