In the wake of the Charlottesville Weekend War, a multitude of millennials are playing a game of one-upmanship on social media.
Surely we’ve all experienced a smattering of the attention-whoring masses clogging our newsfeed. A great many posts and memes have been created and shared, often Nazi and Confederate-centric, in which young Americans compete for “likes” and comments with increasingly violent vitriol. While the overarching theme of despising racism is completely and utterly correct, there is something amiss in this mashup of common sense and “social justice”.
Namely, it’s not about doing the right thing, it’s about being cheered for doing the right thing.
It is this desire for attention, combined with peer pressure, that led a number of misguided millennial vigilantes to topple an historical statue in North Carolina on Monday.
“When protesters, angry over the deadly incidents in Virginia this weekend, decided to take down a nearly century-old statue of a Confederate soldier in North Carolina on Monday, law enforcement stood back and watched.
“At no time did officers with the Durham Police Department or deputies with the Durham County Sheriff’s Office intervene as activists brought a ladder up to the statue and used a rope to pull it down, according to multiple media reports.
“No one was arrested Monday, however, a day later, Durham County Sheriff Mike Andrews announced investigators were working to identify the protesters and planned to bring criminal charges against them.
“’We decided that restraint and public safety would be our priority,’ Andrews said in a statement posted on his agency’s website. ‘As the Sheriff, I am not blind to the offensive conduct of some demonstrators nor will I ignore their criminal conduct.’”
The statue, which was installed in 1924 as a memorial for those who fought and died in the Civil War, had become a target of leftist angst due to their desire to erase all symbolism of the Confederacy.
As soon as the statue was toppled, you could watch in horror as these young miscreants all simultaneously reached for their cell phone cameras to take pictures of themselves with the inanimate object, now laying face down in the dirt. It was a stunt, plain and simple, and these young people wanted to be able to show their friends and followers just how hard they could be when it came to the subject of racism.
Unfortunately, the monument’s message had absolutely nothing to do with racism, Charlottesville, white supremacists, or Nazis.
The left has long insinuated that the Confederacy was an inherently racist organization that was hellbent on the enslavement of African Americans due to their perceived inferiority. Certainly, slavery was an evil institution that fomented racism, but the Confederacy wasn’t fighting to keep racism alive. Instead, the Confederacy was fighting for the future of American states’ rights during a time of intense expansion in the country.
Furthermore, the idea that the brave men and women of the south, who sacrificed everything to protect their families and their land, should be posthumously disrespected and erased from history is a dangerous and egregious idea. There are more than a few ways to explain the old adage about being doomed to repeat history – all of which are obviously lost on the Facebook generation.
I hope your selfies were worth it.