I’m fascinated on how collective, unconcious social bargains are reached and maintained and fall apart. This led to a thought about the Thoughtcrime Statue controversy raging in the US. A weird contradiction at the heart of Southern Whiteness is the simultaneous lionization of national traitors combined with intense national loyalty and patriotism for the US. It now occurs to me that this was part of an unconscious collective social bargain that was accepted for a long time.
The bargain was roughly: Southern Whites could have statues and cultivate the cult of the Confederacy as long as they remained unquestioningly loyal and patriotic to the US of A. Southern Blacks seemed mostly indifferent to the cult of the Confederacy, possibly seeing it as just one more weird white thing (among many) that didn’t affect them in any particular way.
Now that bargain is being unilaterally shattered and Southern Whites are being told: We don’t want or need you. I would not be surprised if this has consequences that no one foresees in the feel good orgy of sticking it to Robert E. Lee and company. I don’t know what they’ll be (that’s part of being unforeseen) or how long they’ll take to show up, but I’m thinking sooner rather than later…..