… It’s not just a race.
Consider the radical beginning of Memorial Day in the now forgotten Decoration Day, a holiday that originally recalled the violent partisan political struggles of emancipation as a central aspect of remembrance. At least until…
1877, [when] the Northern capitalist establishment decisively turned their backs on Reconstruction, striking a deal with the old slavocracy to return the South to white supremacist rule in exchange for the South’s acceptance of capitalist expansion. This political and economic deal was reflected in how the war was commemorated. Just as the reunion of the Northern and Southern ruling classes was based on the elimination of Black political participation, the way the Civil War became officially remembered—through Memorial Day celebrations—was based on the elimination of the Black veteran and the liberated slave.
via The revolutionary origins of Memorial Day and its political hijacking – Liberation News.