Still Confused About Confederate Monuments?
This weekend's events in Charlottesville, Virginia should clear things up for you. Have a look at these Nazis and neo-Confederates marching in opposition to the proposed removal of a Robert E. Lee statue...shouting racist and anti-Semitic epithets. Anybody with any sense at all should get over the old "heritage not hate" nonsense. Like, right now. Let's call this what it is: a bunch of domestic terrorists lamenting a challenge to their beloved white supremacy. Many who gathered to oppose home-grown Nazism and the KKK were badly hurt today, and at least one person was killed - all in the name of Robert E. Lee and white power.
I have always stated without equivocation that these statues were monuments to oppression. My mistake was to advocate for preservation with context, as a means to educate posterity on the legacy of racial slavery and a 400-year history of injustice. Yeah. I'm over it. We're in no danger of losing any "history" by destroying these things...they've all been well documented.
Now - for all of you who think we need to "unify" and put the past in the past...no thanks. I have no desire to unify with any Nazi or neo-Confederate. They can take their marble men and shove them up their asses.