Last night and today in Charlottesville, VA, bands of white nationalists, under the theme of "Unite the Right," rallied violently to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a city park in Charlottesville. The events in Charlottesville are not the first wherein Americans have acted violently out of fealty inculcated by their will, like that of leaders and supporters of the Confederate States of America, to reinstitutionalize "subordination" of non-whites as the "cornerstone" of American society. Dylan Roof's shooting defenseless church goers so as to make a statement in opposition to South Carolina ceasing to fly the CSA flag in front of its statehouse is yet another example of the lengths to which these fanatics will go. Roof and people sharing and acting upon white supremacist values like his are not patriots of the United States of America, but rather patriots of the Confederate States of America (CSA). The Southern states seceded from the United States of America and formed a nation of its own, the CSA. The CSA, lost the war! Period! . Since before the the overthrow of Lucius Tarquinius Superbus human history has recorded one insurrection after another. In their aftermath, however, I can think of only one nation wherein the nation itself and various states, counties and cities by naming parks, counties, streets and bridges after them, by erecting in central prominence statues of them before significant state government buildings, by incorporating the loser's flag into their own, etc. pay homage to the losers and their luminaries, to say nothing of doing so with regard to the losing actors in single most divisive insurrection in a winning nation's history. That nation is the United States and the states are those that lost the War of the Rebellion. Some examples of this state-sponsored approbation for the icons and ideals of the Confederacy include: Fort Bragg is named for a Confederate general, Braxton Bragg. Fort Hood is named for Confederate general John Bell Hood. Edmund Pettus bridge in Selma, AL, the bridge itself being among the most famous locales of the civil rights movement, is named for a Confederate General. Jefferson Davis Highway in VA Jefferson Davis County in MS Confederate Lt. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest is the namesake of the Forrest County Courthouse in Hattiesburg, MS The city seal of Mobile, AL has a Confederate flag in it. Robert E. Lee bridge in Richmond, VA And do white supremacists rally around symbols of the Confederacy to holler chants decrying its ideals and admonishing against its ugliness? Do they admonish us to let such scorn for one's fellow man never again rear its head? Hell, no! They rally to call for the resurrection of the Confederacy's value system. They rally to maintain the preservation of Confederate ideals and iconography among the organs of the cities, counties, states and nation. These people who have been raised and nurtured in a nation that laid waste to the Confederacy had rather see the ideals of the CSA reborn. They thus rally as patriots of the Confederacy, not as patriots of the United States of America and its post-Civil War system of values. Quite simply, one is hard pressed to find elsewhere similarly pervasively given glory by organs of the winning state to the losers of an insurrection. Indeed, in the U.S., but for the Civil War's Confederate generals and political leaders, one doesn't find such homage paid to the losers, or, for that matter, by the losers to the winners. These, for example, are monuments that preserve for the sake of public history the memory of Shays' Rebellion: The one statue of George Washington that I've seen in London is at the National Gallery. Can you find it in the photo below? Of course, you cannot because it's not standing in the center of the promenade leading to the front doors. That's in stark contrast to the homage accorded the Confederacy in various state run/owned places in Southern cities, states and counties in the U.S. Is there even a monument to the Taos Revolt? The point of noting the Taos Revolt is this: history is not altered or lost merely because a city, state, nation, etc., winners in political contests, doesn't give prominent place to the losers of insurrections. Do the British not recall that they lost the War of Colonial Aggression merely because there are scant few statues of George Washington in London? Of course, they know they failed to squash the colonists' insurrection. That is among the great things about the Internet. Nearly all one can want to know about history's events is but a Google search away. Note: AFAIK, there was no statue of George Washington in London until the 1920s when Virginia sent a copy of one as a gift.