Two Sides of the Same Cultural Conundrum: The Confederacy and Slavery. I don't mean in the way you might think. This is just one excerpt, though such comments are fairly common, both here and outside of this forum. Basically why are we still talking about slavery, it died 150+ years ago. Of course we also see the same thing said on the other side, along the lines of The Confederacy died 150+ years ago, it only lasted 4 years, why are it's symbols still being championed. I will admit that at different points in my life I posed each of these questions and truly didn't understand. I think I do now. I believe they are both a bit of a cultural conundrum and two sides to the same coin. Effectively if you understand an answer to one of these you likely should be able to understand the other. Maybe both things are events that for their own reasons had such an cultural impact to be ingrained into the very culture itself, to be carried forward as a part of each culture's heritage. Slavery was massive in scale and impact. Both driving in horrific fashion the forced migration of one's African ancestor. The condition they and potentially generations lived, every facet of their lives. 200+ years years of slavery in America certainly would have a big enough impact for any of us to understand how it can be ingrained in the culture. Likewise the Confederacy and Civil War were basically just 4 years long. A much smaller scale of time, but the scale and intensity of the impact was massive. Impactful in a way unique to the South both due to their boldness in instigating the events to achieve the change they wanted, there's was the dream shattered, as well as in the impact to their region uniquely. I doubt any of us would ever deny have impactful it really was. Why wouldn't that impact the culture carried forward. So my question out is thoughts? Also why do we often have blinders on empathizing and affording the same understanding to both sides of these cultures. Heritage by definition is something you have that you didn't partake in yourself. Something you inherited. So isn't it really a question of all heritage or no heritage rather than dismissing or trying to disqualify a single type of heritage.