Last night, South Carolina began its government-supported celebration of the 150th anniversary of the signing of documents that plunged the nation into the Civil War. More than 400 people attended a Confederacy ball in Charleston, S.C.
Though the celebrants who dressed in civil war costumes claimed to be celebrating their state’s history, what they were actually celebrating was a document that showed their primary reason for leaving the union was over the Northern states' opposition to slavery. But facts generally mean little in South Carolina.
At least, the NAACP, on the steps outside of the Gaillard Auditorium in Charleston, protested the event for what it was: a celebration of slavery. The ball was just the beginning of a series of events by a state that still flies the Confederate flag over its its statehouse grounds. Rather than just protest slavery, the state’s black population should rise up and end it forever.