League of the South
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League of the South
No one will ever be able to accuse the League of the South of lacking self-definition or a definite goal.
Without any equivocation, the League of the South (LOS) declares that its ultimate goal is “a free and independent Southern republic.” It is the intention of the League of the South to:
- form active chapters in every county in every southern state.
- encourage individuals and families to secede from the “corrupting influence” of “post-Christian” American culture.
- withdraw support of and allegiance to a regime that has imperiled the future.
- withdraw from the public educational system and to establish their own private academies.
- resurrect the southern cultural base.
- seek only political leaders who are truly willing to serve others.
By joining the LOS, according to their website, people will have placed themselves “among a group of men and women who are not content to sit by and allow their land, liberty, and culture be destroyed an alien regime and ideology.”
The LOS (first called the Southern League) was founded in 1994 by J. Michael Hill and a group of forty like-minded individuals. Hill felt that of all the many facets, minorities, and ethnic groups within the U.S. population, southerners were the most frequently and commonly denigrated by the dominant political structure in the North. At first, Hill’s threat of seceding from the Union was largely rhetorical, a last resort if Yankees didn’t start showing more respect to the South.
Within a few years, membership in the league had grown to ten thousand, and Hill’s threat to secede from the Union was no longer a rhetorical attention-getting device. The league had come to believe that society is made up of a hierarchy of various groups that should not necessarily have the same rights as others. In Hill’s view, the South was basically made up of Christians, and he foresaw a southern theocracy in which public school prayer and all Christian religious observances would be mandatory. Racial intermarriage would never be allowed, although people other than white Christians would still be permitted in his ideal world, as long as they acknowledged the superiority of the Anglo-Celtic culture. Hill and other league members have organized great numbers of Confederate flag rallies and events, and they’ve show their political clout by orchestrating campaigns to remove officeholders who oppose the flying of the stars and bars from public places.
LOS members have been quoted as saying that slavery in the antebellum South was a good thing. “Where in the world are the Negroes better off today than in America?” asked Jack Kershaw, a member of the LOS board of directors who is also a member of the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC). David Cooksey, a charter member of LOS, has suggested that the South needs a “new type” of Ku Klux Klan.
The LOS has abandoned one of the fundamental tenets of American democracy, that all men are created equal, and states that the “European majority” will tolerate “productive and sympathetic” members of other ethnic groups, but only on terms that the LOS dictates. As Hill has phrased it, the South envisioned by the LOS will be one where “the interest of the core population of Anglo-Celts is protected from the ravages of so-called multi-culturalism and diversity.”