It’s Valentine’s Day in February, and in March it’s St. Patrick’s Day — and for April, there’s the holiday of… the anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s murder? Well, that’s what the League of the South will be celebrating on April 14, which will be the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination by John Wilkes Booth.
And what better way to commemorate that sesquicentennial than with, like, a party or something? And who better to oversee that celebration than an organization dubbed a “neo-Confederate group that advocates for a second Southern secession and a society dominated by ‘European Americans’” by the Southern Poverty Law Center?
According to a message on the League’s website from its president, Michael Hill:
The League of the South looks to the present and future. However, from time to time we do look back at our past.
This 14th of April will mark the 150th anniversary of John Wilkes Booth’s execution of the tyrant Abraham Lincoln. The League will, in some form or fashion, celebrate this event. We remember Booth’s diary entry: ‘Our country owed all her troubles to him, and God simply made me the instrument of his punishment.’ A century and a half after the fact, The League of the South thanks Mr. Booth for his service to the South and to humanity.
Now, note that it’s in “some form or fashion,” and while only a brief two months away. That means the League could still be juggling its schedule of incestuous marriages, cat skinnin’ seminars, and “how to park your trailer” classes. And that means the League could need your input in helping it decide how to celebrate this event – which, please recall, is supposed to be celebration of the murder of the sixteenth president of the United States.
Hill’s been president of the League since its formation in 1994. SPLC credits the organization with damaging the campaign of former South Carolina governor David Beasley, a moderate Republican, who lost his re-election bid in 1996. Beasley supported removal of the Confederate flag from the state capital building, which was the basis for the League’s objection to his re-election.