It is no surprise that in our ultra-sensitive culture that at every turn, there is another object to be destroyed. Another statue, flag, symbol that has or is offending, blacks, whites, gays, straight or any other classification we can invent to divide ourselves from one another.
An attractive target for the last year has been the symbols of the Confederacy. Confederate flags and monuments have been the target of much ire from the offended. Of course with the “slave narrative” being promoted for one hundred years in public schools, there is no wonder that people find these symbols offensive.
Now the target is General Lee (not the car, the statue).
The perpetually offended are at the gate once again, trying to dismantle culture, education, and the very fabric of history. This time, their target is the Robert E. Lee statue in the Lee Park of Charlottesville, Virginia, a statue over which supporters and opponents of its removal from the park clashed last Tuesday at a press conference called by Vice Mayor Wes Ballamy of Charlottesville.
Why do they want to statue taken down? Well, it comes down to two things. They believe that Lee was a pro-slavery advocate who hated blacks. They think that he wished slavery never to end in the South.
They believe that he was a hateful, bigoted oppressor.
But even if this was true, and it is not, would this warrant tearing down this statue? If you live in any place besides the South, you probably just screamed “Yes” at your computer. But, the one question you have to ask yourself is this. Where outside of “Mississippi Burning” do we see people celebrating hatefulness? Let’s take a lesson from history.
There is no doubt that the German people in the 1940’s had some idea of the horror that was occurring in those camps. They had to smell the death and burning flesh. But they were fearful. They knew that they would join the Jews if they tried to stop what was going on, they were helpless.
But once brought face to face with the atrocities of these murder camps, they were outraged and ashamed. We see very few Germans longing for those awful days. There are no statues of Nazi generals or leaders.
But in the South, we remember. These men that are memorialized in these statues were men who believed that the way of life handed down from their fathers was being destroyed. Not in the institution of slavery, but in the independence of the states.
When one is going to call the officers and soldiers of the Confederacy racists, they then have to account for the thousands of freemen who fought under the flag they hate so much. What about the freed slaves who fought and died for the South? This fact leave little room for the hateful slave owner narrative.
Tomorrow we will look at the second and more troubling issue at work here.