Ray Brooks, a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, recently defended the Confederate soldiers of the Civil War who fought for slavery (video below).
Brooks was taking part in an annual Confederate Memorial Day celebration in Baltimore, Maryland on Saturday.
Brooks was one of 600 people who attended the event in Confederate costumes.
“The soldiers of the South are equally American,” Brooks told Fox 45. “So there’s American soldiers buried on that hill and they happen to be confederates. We are descendants of confederates and there’s nothing wrong with honoring our heritage.”
Brooks did not mention that the Confederacy wanted to secede from America because of the abolitionist law against slavery. If the Confederacy had succeeded, they would not have been called "Americans."
On their website, the Sons of Confederate Veterans states: "The citizen-soldiers who fought for the Confederacy personified the best qualities of America. The preservation of liberty and freedom was the motivating factor in the South's decision to fight the Second American Revolution."
"Today, the Sons of Confederate Veterans is preserving the history and legacy of these heroes so that future generations can understand the motives that animated the Southern Cause."
Jefferson Davis, the first president of the Confederacy, once called the slavery of black people “a moral, a social, and a political blessing.”