Statues and history

Trump has attacked removal of “beautiful” monuments to Confederate icons like Stonewall Jackson, Jeff Davis, and Robert E. Lee. Will Washington and Jefferson be next, he said; our culture and history are being “ripped apart.”

He is, of course, such a deep student of culture and history.

Washington and Jefferson did own slaves. Washington freed them at his death; Jefferson agonized in writing about the moral problem. But we honor them not for their slaveholding history, but in spite of it, because their larger meaning to us dwarfs that one facet. Washington won our independence, then led the new nation so as to consolidate our democracy. Jefferson gave voice to its great principles.

It’s an outrage to compare them with the likes of Davis and Lee. American heroes they were not — traitors in fact, who made war upon the United States.* They might well have been hanged at war’s end, but for our immense magnanimity, “to bind up the nation’s wounds.”

And if Trump wants to talk history, here’s some more of it:

Ever since the Civil War, Southerners have tried to whitewash it as battling for “states’ rights.” Rights to do what? To enslave kidnapped people; torture them and steal their labor with whips; to rape them (a bigger aspect of slavery than is commonly realized). That’s what the war was about.

Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens candidly said so at the outset, proclaiming the true purpose to be continuing enslavement of people deemed racially inferior.

Should we keep statues honoring warriors for that evil cause? And make no mistake why those statues were erected. Most went up long after the war — indeed, they were really monuments to a new war — against integration and racial equality. For all their blather about “states’ rights” and “history” most who romanticize the Confederacy and venerate its monuments really have (n-word)s on their minds. The “culture” in question is the culture of white supremacy. Those monuments stand to tell African-Americans, “We honor those who fought to enslave you, and would love to do it again. Be intimidated! Whites rule!”

Trump too, with his tweets about “history and culture” is likewise sending a message. A message to those racist Confederacy lovers, that he’s with them.

America is better than that. Better than its president. Better than those statues.

* Lee was in some ways a noble figure. A true military hero, when the war began, he was actually offered command of both armies. Lee agonized between loyalty to state versus nation. I think he chose wrongly.

4 Responses to “Statues and history”

  1. DJ Qu8ke Says:

    They must have just put those Confederate statues up, Yeah, I don’t remember everybody complaining about them when Obama was in the office. Must be a liberal thing, that is WAY over my head. Did you know that every one of the statues that are being taken down is of people that were Democrats? Did you also know that the soldiers they represent are considered American Veterans of War? You see Congress passed a law that includes Confederate soldiers as American Veterans. Have a look for yourself:

    First you have Margaret Sanger trying to kill every black life she can with planned parenthood, second the destruction of the family unit from the Democrat’s welfare program that incentivizes single women to stay single and have children, then punishes a woman for getting married ending the funds. Third, every major city in America is and has been under a Democrat’s party control for an average of 60 years with places like Baltimore almost 100 years. How’s that working out for Detroit, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Cleveland just to name a few?

    Did you also know that Hitler got his idea for Jewish segregation from the Democrat’s Jim Crow Laws? In fact, Hitler even said he thought the Democrats were more evil than he was. He couldn’t understand how Democrats could hate someone for their skin color, saying he only hated Jews because they were more successful than he. That’s sad when Hitler says your party is more racist and evil than he is. Finally, Republicans have never, ever, ever owned slaves. I challenge you to find me ONE Republican that has ever owned a slave. Just one! Only one and you can blow my whole argument out of the water. Then will you concede that you have been lied to by the Democrats all of your life? By the way, don’t bring up President Grant, because that slave was giving to him by his wife’s family also at the time Grant was a Democrat. This should wake you up if the poor treatment of the Left hasn’t given you a reason to walk away then here’s your invitation to the GOP. You see how racist that is for me to invite you to the Republican Party to stand with me not against me. How many Dems do you know that would welcome a “white supremacist” to join their party? Well, when U.S. Senator Robert Carlyle Byrd died he was eulogized by Hillary and Bill Clinton who called him a dear and close friend. Obama exalted the life of Byrd and praised his career at his funeral. By the way, Senator Robert Byrd was at one time the Grand Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan, all the way back to 1946. He served until he died in 2010. Truth be told the civil rights movement that Democrats so eagerly jumped on in 1964, was a complete flip flop of policy from the 30 years before. During those thirty years, Dems obstructed legislation time and again when it came to equality and civil rights for black Americans. The history also highlights the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Certainly, President Lyndon Johnson, a Texas Democrat, played an essential role, but it is worth remembering that 80 percent of the “no” votes in the Senate came from Democrats, including the late Robert Byrd and Albert Gore (Tenn.), father of the future vice president. Republican votes, in fact, were essential in winning final passage of the bill.

    “In the 26 major civil rights votes after 1933, a majority of Democrats opposed civil rights legislation in over 80 percent of the votes. By contrast, the Republican majority favored civil rights in over 96 percent of the votes”. But In a now famous quote, Lyndon Baines Johnson in 1963 said…

    “These Negroes, they’re getting pretty uppity these days and that’s a problem for us since they’ve got something now they never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness. Now we’ve got to do something about this, we’ve got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference… I’ll have them niggers voting Democratic for the next two hundred years”.

    So I’ll just wait for anyone and I do mean anyone to show me resourced undeniable proof of a Republican Politician of either House of Congress or President owning a slave. I won’t hold my breath.

  2. rationaloptimist Says:

    So — the Democrats are the party of slavery, and Trump the champion of racial equality?
    How about talking about T O D A Y ?

  3. DJ Qu8ke Says:

    Your response puzzles me. We can discuss the current state of the Democratic party. However, I am uncertain if I should readdress my points. Are you asking if the Democratic party is the party of slavery? If so, then yes. Unless I have communicated them poorly, I believe I’ve presented sum and substance accompanied with historical facts in support of my argument. To the second part of the question, is, “Trump the champion of racial equality?” Racial equality is assuredly a subject championed by Trump. His acceptance speech offers proof to this from the first sentences:

    “Thank you very much. I’ve just received a call from Secretary Clinton. She congratulated us… …I congratulated her and her family on a very, very hard-fought campaign I mean she fought very hard.
    Hillary has worked very long and very hard over a long period of time, and we owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country. I mean that very sincerely. Now it is time for America to bind the wounds of division, have to get together, to all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people. It’s time. I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president of all of Americans, and this is so important to me.”

    he continues,

    “For those who have chosen not to support me in the past, of which there were a few people, I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so that we can work together and unify our great country…….
    ……..It’s a movement comprised of Americans of all races, religions, backgrounds, and beliefs, who want and expect our government to serve the people and serve the people it will. Working together we will begin the urgent task of rebuilding our nation and renewing the American dream. I’ve spent my entire life in business, looking at the untapped potential in projects and in people all over the world.”

    So, do I think President trump is the champion of racial equality? Only time will tell. It’s completely subjective, so it would be difficult to quantify, but in the interest of this conversation, I would predict it to be too lofty a goal to be in the company of Dr. Martin Luther King or Mahatma Gandhi. All that said, it was not an assertion I made, to begin with, rather it was yours. And just like that, I’m back to history again. My apologies, sir.

  4. rationaloptimist Says:

    What all DJ’s verbiage proves is that Trump fans will stoop to any nonsense to defend the creep. No wonder they accept his outrageous lying.

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