Why Did Hundreds of African Americans Gather at the White House Dressed as Union Soldiers?
In one of the more politically astute examples of reverse psychology in recent memory, hundreds of black men gathered at the White House dressed as Union soldiers for a demonstration against the Confederate propaganda that seems to have been propagating through the mainstream media recently. Specifically, the group said that they dressed as soldiers from the old war in order to remind America that many of the old problems that were around when that war was fought have not been solved yet.
The gesture was also done as a measure of response to the legislation that has many states considering putting the Confederate flag on its license plates, a move that would virtually force black men in those states to promote the ideas of the Confederacy. Many of the men there said that they were also protesting the misinformation that had been printed about slavery in public school textbooks.
Many media outlets asked the gentleman why they chose the uniform of the union soldier rather than a Black Panther or another image of a black freedom fighter. The response from many of the participants in the demonstration was that the protest was also a primary and direct result of the United States government refusing to acknowledge black soldiers in the Grand Review, which basically served as the North’s victory parade when they won the Civil War. Those soldiers had yet to be acknowledged by the government of the United States Until the 2015 Grand Review.
Many of the leaders of the demonstration said that understanding that Blacks were a huge part of their own emancipation could do a great deal for the self-esteem of the average African-American. Dr. Clarence Anthony Bush, a descendent of one of the first all-black troupes of American soldiers, stated that it was not Lincoln that gave black people their freedom, but the soldiers who actually fought and died in the war on the side of the Union. He also stated that many African-Americans might even feel ashamed that they were unable to free themselves if they remain ignorant of the actual sacrifices that black soldiers made during the Civil War on the side of the Union.
According to some statistics, black soldiers made up as much as 10% of Union soldiers. The African American Civil War Museum in Washington, D.C. lists more than 200,000 soldiers that fought for the Union in the Civil War.
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