Martyrs of the Race Course

To truly honor Memorial Day means putting the politics back in. It means reviving the visions of emancipation and liberation that animated the first Decoration Days. It means celebrating those who have fought for justice, while exposing the cruel manipulation of hundreds of thousands of U.S. service members who have been sent to fight and die in wars for conquest and empire.”

Chew on that while enjoying the BBQ.

And here you can read the actual history of Memorial Day from a Yale professor, a history in which 28 black workmen in Charleston, SC exhumed and gave proper burial to 257 Union soldiers who had died at a confinement camp on a former race track, and built an archway entrance bearing the double-entendre: “Martyrs of the Race Course.”

Black Civil War soldiers.

Black Civil War soldiers.

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