It's time for a celebration! Yes, 150 years ago, South Carolina officially seceded from the United States, throwing into motion the events that led directly to the Civil War. While some people might view this as a not-so-joyous occasion, others are jumping into it with abandon.
The Confederate Heritage Trust and the Sons of Confederate Veterans organized the Secessionist Gala yesterday, where people gathered to celebrate the start of the bloodiest and most violent episode in American history.
Of course, there were people who didn't think this was a good idea, like the NAACP. They're acting as if the whole secessionist movement was about slavery, and not States' Rights (you know, the right of states to say that some people, based on an arbitrary selector like skin color, aren't actually people but property).
I can't wait for all the celebrations and parties to commeorate the great and wonderful events of the War Between the States:
Fort Sumter Day - April 12–13, 2011: First shots fired in the Civil War.
Bull Run (or Manassas, for the Confederates) Days - July 21, 2011
Gettysburg Days - July 1-3, 2011
Antietam Day - September 17, 2012: The bloodiest battle ever fought by Americans, with over 23,000 casualties in a single day.
Emancipation Proclaimation Day - January 1, 2013
Sacking of Atlanta Day - September 2, 2014
Appomattox Day - April 9, 2015
Of course, some people haven't forgotten the war...