Ouch. Liberal lawyer Alan Dershowitz went for the far-left’s throat in a recent interview on Fox News.
While Dershowitz has no problem with removing some of the Confederate monuments and memorials that dot our nation’s landscape, he definitely has a problem with the way that the leftists are going about doing so.
In the left’s assault on Southern heritage and history he sees shades of something much darker than just an attempt at healing racial divisions in our nation.
The far-left’s assault on everything Confederacy reminds Dershowitz of Stalin’s ugly assault on history and his attempt to re-write the past in an effort to suit his nefarious purposes. This is exactly what Dershowitz sees today’s radical left doing in our nation. It’s not \ about soothing tensions, it’s about exerting power and influencing a new front of the culture wars.
Instead, Dershowitz argues that the left should be using the opportunity to educate the next generation and to build bridges instead of fostering divisions in our nation.
Of course there’s a danger of going too far.
There’s a danger removing Washington and Jefferson and other of our founding fathers who themselves owned slaves.
Look, we have to use this as an educational moment.
We have to take some of the statues that were put up more recently, for example, during the Civil Rights Movement and perhaps move them to museums where they can be used to teach young students about how statues are intended sometimes for bad purposes, to glorify negatives and to hold back positive developments.
But the idea of willy-nilly going through and doing what Stalin did: just erasing history and re-writing it to serve current purposes, does pose a danger, and it poses a danger of educational malpractice, of missing opportunities to educate people, and of going too far.