It’s Confederate Memorial Day. Dust off the same old arguments.

If nothing else, this project has been and interesting education in controversial Southern practices. For instance, we had no idea there was a “Confederate Memorial Day” but there is. And it’s today.

Still celebrated/observed/recognized in Alabama and Mississippi, the holiday closes state offices and invites a remarkably predictable Twitter war.

On one side, you have what appears to be a fairly small number of white Southerners who defiantly defend the day as a nod to the history of their people and place. And on the other side you have the folks they are defying — a mix of northerners and non-white southerners who see the holiday as an ode to white supremacy, slavery and terrorism.

Combine on social media, shake, and you get a familiar cocktail of hostility and incompatible worldviews.

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