Confederacy: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

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  • Confederate symbols are still celebrated despite the ugly history they symbolize. John Oliver suggests some representations of southern pride that involve less racism and more Stephen Colbert.
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  • Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus
    Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus Πριν 14 ώρες

    of all the parrots, you are most interesting

  • M C
    M C Πριν 14 ώρες

    Stephen's clearly reading a board at the end...

  • Jasraj Singh Bhinder
    Jasraj Singh Bhinder Πριν ημέρα

    I figured it would just be a statue of Stephen Colbert!

  • Joshua Strawser
    Joshua Strawser Πριν ημέρα

    The spike in monument building also correlate with the 50th and 100th anniversaries of the war. That just might have had something to do with it.

  • Kuldeep Meena
    Kuldeep Meena Πριν ημέρα +1

    That doesn't add up to 100,6:11

  • Christina McDaniel
    Christina McDaniel Πριν 2 ημέρες

    My ancesters fought for the right to stay on their lands & in their homes. They barely survived the Trail Of Tears. What do I have to do with slavery?

  • Judy in the Sky
    Judy in the Sky Πριν 2 ημέρες +3

    The Civil War, or as many Southerners call it, The War between the States, is still going on in the South. It’s like they haven’t accepted they lost. I went to grad school in Georgia. I hadn’t even been on campus for half an hour when someone called me a Yankee. SMH... The Mason-Dipsh*t line still exists for some folks.

  • Woody
    Woody Πριν 2 ημέρες +1

    John you may be english but let me tell you, you do not know what the problem in being responsible for your ancestors really is, unless you are german....
    XD

  • Zachary Wiatrek
    Zachary Wiatrek Πριν 3 ημέρες

    The Civil War was not really about slavery nor states right alone. It was slightly a mix of both, underlined by the REAL reason. Money. The South NEEDED slavery to keep up with agriculture demands, which the North also depended strongly on for their own commerce. When the move to abolish slavery looked to cripple really the southern agricultural abilities, they up and left to keep the right to slaves as it was the only way they could see keeping things going. BUT, that would cost the North TONS of revenue, which was unacceptable. So, a bloody war was fought, the southern states were forced back into the union (and according to the Supreme Court permanently forced in), and the money was able to keep going. While the North WAS pro-abolition, it was never about seeing them as people. IF that were true, it wouldnt of taken decades to actually give african americans full rights. So, both sides were just terrible.

    • RonPaulHatesBlacks
      RonPaulHatesBlacks Πριν ημέρα

      ​@Zachary Wiatrek Every true Union State peacefully and voluntarily abolished your beloved slavery years before the war, along with every England and every other Western nation. Of the racists didn't want to free their slaves -- you wanted to continue whipping and raping them until the end of time. You should be ashamed of yourself.

    • Zachary Wiatrek
      Zachary Wiatrek Πριν ημέρα

      @RonPaulHatesBlacks "Pay your workers", right there. They DIDNT WANT TO (or as they would put it "couldnt afford to") . In their eyes, payment to a slave was about as sensible as giving a cow a salary. You can't look at things through todays eyes. I never said the South was in the right, but the arguement is the North wasnt any more noble. They gave lives for freedom, but sharing a drinking fountain was taking it a little too far? It was never about dignity, it was about dollars.

    • RonPaulHatesBlacks
      RonPaulHatesBlacks Πριν ημέρα

      No one needs slavery to "keep up with agricultural demands." Pay your workers. Set them free. Stop making it illegal for them to LEARN TO READ. What a shameful argument.

  • ZeEbstar
    ZeEbstar Πριν 3 ημέρες +2

    Texas public schools tell their students the Civil War was mostly about states rights. And if you want to get an A on a test, you will only mention slavery as an afterthought. This was in 2005.

  • Captain Reth The Intergalactic Gamecat
    Captain Reth The Intergalactic Gamecat Πριν 4 ημέρες

    3:30 ummm they were *ALL* U.S. soldiers. Just because some lived below the Mason Dixon line - does not mean they weren't Americans. How about we stop dividing the country, over something the entire nation once practiced. Plenty of slave ships docked along the northeastern shore, and those north of the Mason Dixon line were not free from blame. Also, by these antiquated ways of divisive thinking, and piss-poor geography - Delaware is a southern state. So, stop treating The South like it's a troublesome step child. North, South we're all here, because our ancestors were terrible. They either murdered and forcibly removed tribes of Native Americans, or they had some kind of hand in slavery, or both. Also, refresh your memory on the disputes that lead to the Civil War, which had nothing to do with slavery.

  • Swiggity Swag
    Swiggity Swag Πριν 4 ημέρες +1

    Soooo are we going to forget the fact Lincoln was a massive racist and said the same racist shit?

    • I Ya
      I Ya Πριν 2 ημέρες +1

      And that doesn't make the Confederacy any better

  • DarkSkay
    DarkSkay Πριν 5 ημέρες +1

    How many monuments are there about the genocide against Native Americans? History is written by the winners.

  • Brown Owl
    Brown Owl Πριν 5 ημέρες

    Actual Stephen Colbert. Oh my lord.

  • Scarlett Sterling
    Scarlett Sterling Πριν 6 ημέρες

    One potential idea to try and appease both sides is to add clarification and additional information. For example, at one of the statues having to do with confederate leaders have a large placard that explains both what he did that negatively impacted people. That way you can keep the negative commemoration, while also acknowledging the suffering of the people who it had an effect on. In addition to that, perhaps then people would actually understand why the confederate wasn't as good as they think.
    That's just an idea though. But what do I know, I'm not American.

  • Philomena Scanlon
    Philomena Scanlon Πριν 6 ημέρες

    The uneducated - low hanging fruit for a comedian.

  • Austin Davis
    Austin Davis Πριν 6 ημέρες

    Just because you fly a rebel flag doesn't mean your racist.

  • Amatsu Kami Mikaboshi
    Amatsu Kami Mikaboshi Πριν 7 ημέρες +1

    Most of those statues were built by the KKK to solidify their 'heritage'... If you want keep those statues then they should add in plaques including those facts.

  • Randy Perkins
    Randy Perkins Πριν 7 ημέρες

    The statues should have stayed as a reminder of the past. Those who forget are doomed to repeat it. Black people should see them as badges of courage and a reminder. Also with Trump talking about his impeachment leading to a civil war. We need to remember the bloodiest war and black people need to remember many wite people did put their lives on the line for them and the#

  • Erik Brock
    Erik Brock Πριν 7 ημέρες

    Giant radioactive lizards are people too, John. For shame.

  • Waste Land Vidz
    Waste Land Vidz Πριν 8 ημέρες

    After single handedly radding an entire neo Confederate comment section it's good to be back with reasonable people

    • Waste Land Vidz
      Waste Land Vidz Πριν 8 ημέρες

      Hold up I'm just stupid I honestly don't know how that word is spelled yeah I should learn how to spell

    • Waste Land Vidz
      Waste Land Vidz Πριν 8 ημέρες

      If you're wondering about the edit I made a spelling mistake

  • Erika Outdoors
    Erika Outdoors Πριν 8 ημέρες

    Honestly, an asteroid could solve all our problems.

  • Jesus Rules
    Jesus Rules Πριν 10 ημέρες

    Jimmy Saville was a pedophile.

  • Roman Darius
    Roman Darius Πριν 10 ημέρες

    racists---racists----racists----racists---racists----racists----
    R Word used only on white people! Only white people are called racist. Right now, the black government of South Africa is telling white people that they can no longer keep their farms, but only white people are called racists.

    • Morgane Dimler
      Morgane Dimler Πριν 3 ημέρες

      If you need to look for racism in other countries than your own, you need to have a better understanding of what racism is about. Racism is systemic, in order to have anti-white racism, you have to live in a country where the government, or the society itself, discriminate white people, which is SO not the case in South Africa. #Segregation :)
      Moreover, you might wanna re-check your sources, because not only white people were told that they can no longer keep their farms, black people were as well. It was not an issue about race, but it was made one solely to support anti-white racism arguments. But since it's fake information ... :)
      And even if it was, this information would still be irrelevant when talking about confederacy, because IT'S NOT THE SAME CONTINENT.

    • Dewy Wannamaker
      Dewy Wannamaker Πριν 10 ημέρες

      Lookup |strawman argument", son.

    • Stephen2462
      Stephen2462 Πριν 10 ημέρες

      No, you're just a bigoted idiot.

  • Roman Darius
    Roman Darius Πριν 10 ημέρες

    Both the communist controlled/ globalist media in America and Europe are like a rocket headed towards the moon, non stop with white guilt videos.
    Say NOoooo to this brainwashing.

    • Dewy Wannamaker
      Dewy Wannamaker Πριν 10 ημέρες

      Let's see what's wrong with your "hypothesis": Communism and "Globalism" ne: Jew's, are not a compatible alliance. You stupid sheeple.

    • Roman Darius
      Roman Darius Πριν 10 ημέρες

      @Stephen2462 NBC just hired Superwoman for their late Night Talk Show, this Indian woman can not go 5 seconds without bashing white people.

    • Stephen2462
      Stephen2462 Πριν 10 ημέρες

      Lol, so many buzzwords, so little actual substance.

  • Dave Sprague
    Dave Sprague Πριν 10 ημέρες

    If taking down statues and flags would solve the problem I’d be out there with sledge Hammer and scissors. Until personal responsibility is practiced,and folks stop playing the victim for crimes committed a century ago. Nothing will change

  • Mr. baguette
    Mr. baguette Πριν 10 ημέρες

    Thats not the only reason the war started. Alot of it had to do with taxes and property

  • Dan Lo Fat
    Dan Lo Fat Πριν 11 ημέρες

    "...a sex ofunder". Now does John put fun in fender or is he suggesting funding something?

  • Das gamende Känguru
    Das gamende Känguru Πριν 11 ημέρες

    I thought we Germans are stupid but America is on an other level

  • Roman Darius
    Roman Darius Πριν 11 ημέρες

    The greatest fear the British leftist have, like John Oliver, is not the fear that their wives or daughters may be raped by some fake African refuge, no there greatest fear is that someone might call them a racist or Nazi, hehehe

  • emma
    emma Πριν 12 ημέρες

    Here's the thing: in Texas public schools weren't allowed to teach that the civil war was about slavery. They were required by law until about a month ago to teach that the civil war was about states' rights. That's how deeply ingrained this still is in the south. Dallas teachers couldn't say that slavery was the main issue in the civil war until August of 2019

  • Patrick Martin
    Patrick Martin Πριν 12 ημέρες +1

    Most of the monuments were built after the Confederacy by the Daughters of the Confederacy #Confedera-she.

  • RedstoneBanane
    RedstoneBanane Πριν 12 ημέρες

    If you really want to keep These statues, AT least dont write "confedarate heros" on their socket

  • RedstoneBanane
    RedstoneBanane Πριν 13 ημέρες +1

    Here in Germany, it would be unimaginable to erect EG a Hitler statue, you would literally be put in prison for that (the "closest" thing we have are memorials for the fallen soldiers). We actively acknowledge that we were the bad guys in one of the few occasions in history where black an white were clear, and I think it should be the same for the ex-confederate states, and they should, like we do for the victims of the Holocaust, build memorials for the people who were enslaved.

  • leonne Kirkland
    leonne Kirkland Πριν 13 ημέρες

    My god, conservatives saying you can't change history has got to be the dumbest thing I've heard in a while. People not 'agreed' with have constantly been erased from history.

  • 3RAN7ON
    3RAN7ON Πριν 13 ημέρες

    Removing or censoring our history robs the Future Generations from learning from it.


    And you know what the old saying about 'those who do not learn from history?x They will fucking repeat it. It doesn't matter if you're offended by it, history happened and it will always be that way. Do you really think we're doing ourselves a favor by censoring or removing our history?

  • PureNeptune
    PureNeptune Πριν 13 ημέρες

    I'm sure most of the individual soldiers, especially the poor ones, weren't fighting to keep slaves, but were fighting because all their friends and everyone else in town was, like in most the world wars, and really most wars. But if you genuinely believed that your relative was innocent, and that they didn't care about slavery and all the rest of it, you would be fighting tooth and nail to have them statues taken down and those parks and bases renamed, because they aren't there to remember your innocent great-grand daddy, they're there to remember a racist movement, a rebellion and its generals.
    You wouldn't let people think your relatives were racists and paint yourself as one by defending them, you'd honour their memory and their innocence by going after every memorial to the confederacy you could find.
    But a part of you believes, that they were, and that they fought for reasons that you can't agree with, so you try to distance them from that crap by saying they were fighting for state's rights, but to quote John Green who was quoting his history teacher, "A state's right to what?" to which the only answer is; to let certain people own others as property, which is the terrible thing you're trying, but failing, to distance your relative from.
    Anything memorialising the confederacy needs to go, and you'd agree if you didn't know people who knew people who fought in it and made you feel like it was a part of who you are. But you weren't there and you don't have to defend them that were neither.

  • Dirty White Boy
    Dirty White Boy Πριν 13 ημέρες

    ''they'',...did not own slaves dumb ass they were forced to fight! look at the wars we fight now!?

  • Dirty White Boy
    Dirty White Boy Πριν 13 ημέρες

    white men operated the jew owned ships!

  • Dirty White Boy
    Dirty White Boy Πριν 13 ημέρες

    hey! john! why dont you take your british ass to africa and spend your millions teaching them modern building and well digging!? the reason they were enslaved is their own people sold them ! and look at africa today ,....wonderful fucking place!

  • Dirty White Boy
    Dirty White Boy Πριν 13 ημέρες

    splc and the adl yup no problem with these winners!

  • James Lasinski
    James Lasinski Πριν 13 ημέρες +1

    ok some historical inaccuracies here
    and the flag doesnt mean what it use to down there (to most southerners the flag means rebellion, nothing more nothing less)
    and a lot of the famous generals, especially THE general, general lee, was not pro slavery, but just a man who fought for his home state out of love for the place he was born and raised

  • Virginia Peterson
    Virginia Peterson Πριν 14 ημέρες

    My ex is black. One argument we never settled on (in Georgia) was the confederate flag. He made a half baked spearheaded about states rights and rebels... but tapered off when I brought up the symbolism of slavery and the economic basis of the confederacy. My ancestors fought in grey. While I respect their bravery in the face of battle, I neither share or support their beliefs. Cult thinking.

  • millieo
    millieo Πριν 14 ημέρες

    People from another country must think the south was all plantations and slaves when it wasn't. Many were not wealthy enough to own slaves. There were kind people who didn't sell off their slaves like livestock. Some did not beat them.
    Anti monument folk see the south in a limited display like museum dioramas. Lee and Grant should have their statues. (Lee freed his slaves before the war. Grant still had his.)

  • Baroness Bloodrayne
    Baroness Bloodrayne Πριν 15 ημέρες

    20:30 Top ten most ambitious anime crossovers in history

  • Louise
    Louise Πριν 16 ημέρες +1

    Aren't these the same people who are bemoaning the fact that liberals give everyone a participation trophy? But when it comes to their beloved history, their losers need their statues. Those statues and monuments were not put up after the war, they were put up 10 to 15 years later when black people were getting into political power in the south. White people wanted to remind them where their place was.

  • Kuramadeus
    Kuramadeus Πριν 16 ημέρες

    "Do you know how much a slave cost back then?!" Man that made me laugh _hard._

  • David Stein
    David Stein Πριν 17 ημέρες

    I believe the confederate flag is offensive , lots of things in life are offensive , I'm sure some of the indigenous peoples of America find the American flag to be offensive , some African Americans and some Irish Americans might find the American flag to be offense too, they all have first amendment rights but so does the person who puts an American flag in their yard. Just about every flag humans have created is offensive in some way just think about all the countries that have oppressive Sharia Law and modern day slavery, the flags of Afghanistan, Iran, Egypt, Malaysia, Mauritania, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Yemen, Nigeria, Libya, Somalia, Mali, Niger, Chad, Ethiopia, Madagascar, all have offensive flags.


    Also why are African Americans only taught about the Transatlantic slave trade which ended 160 years ago yet they aren't taught anything about the history of slavery in Africa long before the transatlantic slave trade and that slavery still exist today in many countries in Africa? Why aren't American students taught about the Arab slave trade which began 700 years before the transatlantic slave trade existed and lasted much longer than the Transatlantic slave trade ? What about the trans-Saharan slave trade or slavery in ancient Egypt, the ancient Egyptians had slaves since 3500 BCE ? So really Africans Americans should be offended by many flags of African countries to be truthful, but people instead are taught that slavery is an invention of the white man when in reality it was created by the entire homo sapien species all across the planet. When it comes to slavery Mother Africa has just as much blood on her hands as does Mother Europe , yet you always see academia presenting Africa as pure as the driven snow and the evil European as the inventor of African slavery.

    • RonPaulHatesBlacks
      RonPaulHatesBlacks Πριν 16 ημέρες

      Confederate slavery was morally right and never should have ended because slavery also existed in ancient Egypt? Oof, that's the worst argument of all time. The Whataboutism Fallacy is such a cuck argument LOLOLOL

  • 09yulstube
    09yulstube Πριν 17 ημέρες

    Are we really forgetting the economic motives? Being from country from the global South we mostly learned about the economic motivation, not really into the whole "they were fighting for what was good and noble"

  • shrews12001
    shrews12001 Πριν 19 ημέρες

    8:00, excuse me business casual Santa, your ancestors were traitors and slavers, fuck them and fuck you.

  • Sean Kraus
    Sean Kraus Πριν 19 ημέρες

    im a flag buff. and that is the Tennessee battle flag not the actual Confederate flag. it is funny even about a third of the south gets it wrong too.

  • 1000 -7
    1000 -7 Πριν 19 ημέρες

    If you need Confederate statues to remember your history, then you are clearly on the wrong side of history.

  • nepalnt2121
    nepalnt2121 Πριν 19 ημέρες

    charleston sc loves white-washing the history. they have only recently begun to open the dialog of the real history of slavery there. johns island, all the plantations, calhoun's name on everything and a giant statue of him downtown...

  • nepalnt2121
    nepalnt2121 Πριν 19 ημέρες

    friendly little rivalry

  • Ho Homer
    Ho Homer Πριν 20 ημέρες +1

    Stephen Colbert + John Oliver = Godly

  • Evil Dildo
    Evil Dildo Πριν 21 ημέρα

    In Germany if u walk around with a nazi flag or even do a nazi salute, u go to prison, directly... and that is how it should be. Same in ex Yugoslavia where most of statues from dictators were taken down

  • zog zog
    zog zog Πριν 22 ημέρες

    "Who was working that farm" The reply reminds me of Patsy (from Absolutely Fabulous) who on being asked by the Judge why she stole a case of Champagne said in a confused voice "Haven't you seen how expensive it is?" ! (Maybe slightly misquoted but that was my recollection).

  • Hannah Steininger
    Hannah Steininger Πριν 22 ημέρες

    Dear Townhall-guy and others it may concern: So, it is incomfortable having to face the fact that some of your ancestors might have been bad people or might have done some evil shit? Well, get those ancestry records you seem so crazy about, look into exactely who your ancestors were and what they might have done. If needed, cry, get drunk, hug a kitten afterwards. Then, grow a pair of balls and go on living in a world where some of your ancestors were horrible human beings, tear down those monuments and own your families past by working to prevent history from repeating itself. Greetings from Germany

    • The Viewer
      The Viewer Πριν 21 ημέρα +1

      If I'm able to set myself apart from my dad, who was an emotional abuser and a cheater, and my great grandfather, who physically abused his entire family, then you should be able to set yourself apart from your much more distant family.

  • Kofi Awuku Acquaye
    Kofi Awuku Acquaye Πριν 22 ημέρες

    The best show ever!

  • 5naxalotl
    5naxalotl Πριν 23 ημέρες

    the entire country was founded on the theft of land from natives. so what happens when you apply this logic about commemorating confederates, to the endless commemoration of americans who historically occupied stolen native land? you know, like all of them