Ta-Nehisi Coates unearthed this video in which we see Ron Paul perpetuating the Lost Cause mythology that the Civil War was fought over “states rights” and not slavery. He further explains that it didn’t need to be fought at all, which plays into the “northern aggression” myth.
And he says all of this while standing in front of a gigantic Confederate flag.
Ta-Nehisi: “At least he’s against the drug war…”
In case you’re not familiar with it, the Lost Cause was a myth developed after Reconstruction to make the southern cause seem more noble and thus allow southerners to be less demonized for slavery and the carnage of the war.