Robert E. Lee, commander of the Confederate Army, has been widely cited for stating that the Civil War was not about slavery. Modern supporters of the South add to this quote that not every southerner owned slaves and claim the defense of Dixie was to protect State's Rights. Unapologetic slavery advocates say that African and Arabs sold their people into bondage and that the plantation system in the Old South was a benefit to the 'negroes'.
Their points of view has spread over the old Rebel territories to be accepted as a truth as holy as the Bible, but this is not the case.
Slaves were whipped mercilessly.
A life in chains was not an exception.
Hangings and lynchings were a common practice to instill fear into the captive race.
There is no sugar-coating the evils of slavery.
For while an estimated 1.6% of Americans owned slaves, a larger number worked for that peculiar institution as overseers, traders, carters, and slave hunters.
Slavery was the GM of the South.
The source of its wealth.
Hell on Earth.
So fuck Massa Robert E. Lee and bring down all that cracker's statues.