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Open thread for night owls. M.D. Smith: As a nation, we condemn slavery, but why not its defenders?

Mychal Denzel Smith at The Nation writes—Historical Amnesia About Slavery Is a Tool of White Supremacy. Where we have (mostly) condemned slavery, we as a country have refused to condemn its defenders: The Commonwealth of Virginia began observing the January 19 birthday of Confederate General Robert E. Lee   around 1889, and in 1904 added to this the recognition of General Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson’s birthday (January 21).
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