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Don't blame the Confederacy

As a disclaimer, I don't often write about race, and this post expresses a controversial opinion which is shared (at least in part) by a lot of people who are vile and hold mostly unacceptable opinions. I think that the point I'm making is correct and that I'm expressing it in a clear and reasonable way, but if anything in the post makes you think otherwise, then please tell me and I'll see what might need changing.

Last week, a 21-year old man took a gun and killed nine people at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina. He's now been arrested, and in the aftermath it's been discovered that he has a history of support for the ideology of white supremacy: he posed with the flags of the Confederacy, Rhodesia and apartheid South Africa, posted a racist manifesto on an anonymous website, and was arrested in a car with a Confederate States of America bumper sticker.

For a while after the shooting, before most of this history was unearthed, some people …