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Sun Jul 12, 2020, 12:22 AM

They lost the Civil War and fled to Brazil. Their descendants refuse to take down the Confederate fl

Source: Washington Post

They lost the Civil War and fled to Brazil. Their descendants refuse to take down the Confederate flag.

By Terrence McCoy
7/11/2020, 4:11:55 p.m.

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It’s one of history’s lesser-known episodes. After the Civil War, thousands of defeated Southerners came to Brazil to self-exile in a country that still practiced slavery. For decades, their descendants have thrown a massive party that now attracts thousands of people to the twin cities of Americana and Santa Bárbara d’Oeste to celebrate all things Dixie. The Confederate flag? Everywhere.

On flagpoles and knickknacks. Emblazoned on the dance floor. Clutched by men clad in Confederate battle gray. Decorating the grounds of the cemetery that holds the remains of veterans of the rebel army — the immigrants known here as the confederados.

In a country that has long been more preoccupied with class divisions than racism, the Confederate symbols, stripped of their American context, never registered much notice. But now, as the racial reckoning in the United States following the killing of George Floyd inspires a similar reexamination of values in Brazil, that has begun to change.

Brazilians in recent weeks have demanded the removal of the notorious statue in Săo Paulo of a 17th-century settler who enslaved indigenous people. Protests for black equality have rumbled through several cities. And in Americana and Santa Bárbara d’Oeste, the cities founded by the Confederates, Brazilians who have never been to the United States are increasingly asking questions piercingly familiar to Americans: Where should the Confederacy be remembered — on a flagpole, or in a museum?

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Sun Jul 12, 2020, 12:59 AM

1. Now they should move to Mars until the Martians start asking questions.

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Thu Aug 27, 2020, 07:39 PM

2. Very interesting!

Thank you for sharing this. Never heard about this before. But in answer to your question, The Monuments and the flag Don't Belong. Not on a flagpole and not at any park and not in a cemetery. They just plainly don't belong. Do you remember what happened to Saddam Hussein's statue and many others like him throughout history?

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