August 12, 2015 3:00 am -

[su_center_b]Girls-in-period-costume-at-Sam-Davis-Youth-CampYes, it’s for real:

A chain of youth camps claims that it teaches teens about southern history, but one of its leaders reportedly has ties to the Ku Klux Klan.

According to Vocativ, Sam Davis Youth Camps are dotted throughout the southern states and each summer they welcome teens from across the region. At camp, the teens are taught to have reverence and respect for the antebellum era and the Confederacy, which unsuccessfully attempted to break away from the rest of the United States, sparking the U.S. Civil War.

“Our kids aren’t getting taught this stuff in the schools,” said organizer Phil Walters. “Great American heroes like Jefferson Davis and General Robert Lee… our kids are not gonna be told that these people are evil, hate-mongering slave-holders and not have us do something to correct it.”

The families that send their children to Sam Davis Camp for a week each summer are concerned that their heritage and traditions are dying out. The camps are an attempt to instill these values in younger generations.

“Probably one of the largest…problem[s] that all of these heritage organizations…[have] is the age of the membership,” said Johnnie Holley of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV), one of the groups that sponsors the camps. “In the schools today, the war is not taught properly, our children are dying for information about their ancestry and their heritage. If we don’t bring our young people into our organizations, then the organizations will eventually die.”

A clarification, for those who may not be familiar with the subtleties of regional dialects: when worshipers of the Confederacy speak, the word “heritage” translates as racism and “traditions” as slavery.

‘Nuff said!


D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.