Sabato, 23 Settembre, 2017

Your view: Take a history lesson before tearing down statues

Confederate Statues Were Built To Further A 'White Supremacist Future' Hysteria over Confederate statues
Acilia Dean | 24 Agosto, 2017, 15:06

After all, the Civil War had been over for 150 years, the Civil Rights Act had been the law of the land for over 50 years, and our first African-American president was winding down his second term.

It was a minimum condition of justice for the millions enslaved, murdered and brutalized by the regime of white supremacy for hundreds of years that the cause of slavery was destroyed by the means necessary to achieve that end.

This is a lie.

Wisely, there is a new plaque telling onlookers: "Monument texts reflect the character of the times in which they are written and the temper of those who wrote them".

Around the country there are monuments to people of those centuries and struggles.

It's perverse to celebrate treason against the United States for the goal of keeping millions of human beings as property.

Despite all of that I don't recall there ever being a time when I felt any sort of pride or even a sense of belonging associated with my race or the place I was born.

You may well wonder why this is a minority viewpoint in my country.

Confederate Statues Were Built To Further A 'White Supremacist Future'
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"This is still affecting our men, our women, our children", said Aaliyah Jones, a city resident who participated in the August 12 counterprotest and said she has been visiting the park daily since the unrest to remember Heyer. Are they going to leave this thing behind a curtain forever? This is a compelling argument.

In fact, 95 percent of the Confederate army did not own slaves. "We told you exactly what you needed to do, and you did nothing". I know most white people who lived with segregation were not bad people. State law prohibits the removal of military memorials including Confederate flags. It does not list buildings named for Confederate figures or symbols such as battle flags.

Residents and visitors look over the covered Ce statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Emancipation park in Charlottesville, Va., Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017.

We can't change the past, or what our ancestors may have done, but we can decide who we want to be and what kind of future we want to have. Additionally, under U.S. Public Law 810 approved by Congress on February 26, 1929, the War Department was directed to erect headstone and recognize Confederate grave sites as U.S. war graves. Monuments at battlefields should remain, as they serve a valuable educational objective and a tribute to the fallen.

Three of the statues - of Robert E. Lee, Albert Sidney Johnston and John Reagan - are becoming part of an "educational exhibit" at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History and will be used for "scholarly study", UT-Austin President Greg Fenves said.

Who fought to uphold the right declared by the pen of Jefferson and achieved by the sword of Washington.

Those who would eradicate all vestiges of the Confederacy also run the risk of polarizing the discussion with their own zealotry. But just remember, if you don't know where you have been, you can not know where you are going. The great-grandchildren of Lee, Stonewall Jackson and Jefferson Davis have all issued statements approving the removal of such statues. According to The Tribune, similar plans to remove symbols of the Confederacy have been made in Memphis, San Antonio, Baltimore and Lexington Kentucky. In museums, we can learn their full history.


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