he story of how black-eyed peas came to be a symbol of good luck in the South has not been told, for the most part, except in Southern homes, in fear that feelings of Northern friends and family would be hurt. Even today when it is told those people call it a "myth," or an isolated story blown out of proportion. But it's the truth, and it's time for everyone to know it.
To the "non-southerner" or the millenials born in the South, the tradition is merely folklore, superstition and ignorant tradtion. They think peas with any type of greens (mustard, collards, or turnips), represent coins and the greens paper money, meaning that you will be granted financial prosperity.
But that is far from the actual truth.
The following are facts that CONFEDERATE, multi-generational Southerners know because we heard it in our grandmother's kitchens, who heard it in their grandmother's kitchens, who heard it from their grandmothers. It is written in our family Bibles, diaries, letters and in old newspaper articles. It's a story of a "scorched-earth" policy, war perpetrated on civilians left at home while their fighting men were defending against illegal invasion. War heaped on defenseless women, innocent children and unarmed old men. This has never been admitted to in 151 years, much less seen as a war crime.
The truth is, this was the policy of the greatest country on earth trying to acquire "nation" status that was never conferred on it by the Founders, at all costs. At all costs. An empire that never was supposed to be, grinding into powder whatever and whomever got in its way. And like the lying monster it has become, it hides its deeds amidst smoke and mirrors called "slavery".
An unhealed wound remains in southern states today because of a simple lack of acknowledgement on deeds that would quickly be judged as "WAR CRIMES AGAINST SOUTHERN CIVILIANS" to quote Mr. Brian Cisco in his much acclaimed work published in 2013.
The fact of black eyed peas being considered good luck relates directly back to Sherman's unleashing hell on Southern civilians known as the "march to the sea" in 1864. It was called The Savannah Campaign and was lead by a demon-possessed man that made General in the US army. The campaign began in November of 1864 when Sherman 's troops marched from the captured city of Atlanta, Georgia and ended at the port of Savannah on December 22, 1864.
When the smoke literally, finally cleared, the southerners who had survived the onslaught came out of hiding. They found invading aggressors in an army, that called itself the US ARMY, was filled with foreigners tricked into fighting and told to "plunder the South." And they did. These mostly foreigners had looted and stolen everything of value, destroyed what they could not carry away, and everything edible, including livestock, and crops in stores and in the field, were destroyed. They even killed animals and shoved their bloated bodies into wells to poison them. While in hiding few had enough to eat, now starvation, destruction, disease, lack and want were upon women, children and old men.
There was no government aid, no Red Cross, no Samaritan's Purse, and the churches and members were all in the same shape. The animals that might have been hunted, of course, had abandoned the woods and trees when the shelling and burning began. It was, quite literally, intentional genocide. Our people were starving.
BUT GOD . . . . there was one thing left.
You see, the foreigners and Northern Americans in the Union arny were taking grain for their horses, livestock and other crops to feed themselves, but they just couldn't take everything. So they left the black eyed peas in great quantities thinking them only livestock fodder, and assuming stores of them would be of no use to the survivors because all the stock that they could feed had either been taken, eaten, or left to rot on the lawns of civilians.
Our people praised God for the stupidity of the invaders and had something to feed their starving children and themselves. In the face of massive, wide-spread starvation and ruin, God gave them the black eyed pea to live on. And they were GRATEFUL. That is a foreign concept in our society, but very well known in theirs.
Beginning on New Year's Day in 1866, the CONFEDERATE Southern custom of eating black eyed peas flamed across the devastated Southland. We multi-generational, CONFEDERATE Southerners eat black eyed peas, even if we don't like them. We do so to thank God for not allowing Sherman and the illegal invaders to wipe us out completely, and we do so to remember our starving families. We will NEVER forget. Never.
Besides, only can the truly hungry appreciate food.
Now, go eat your black eyed peas with a skillet of cornbread and greens, or cabbage with ham or chicken and dressing, for prosperity in the new year. Bow your head and thank the Living God for that CONFEDERATE DNA you possess. This is OUR year.
Our time is now!
Our people are vindicated, thank the Living God!
DEO VINDICE! (Deo vindice according to the free Latin Dictionary. God will prove us right).