We can’t erase the past – so why can’t we respect what our past is and not repeat it. The cities where these statues are being torn down should put them in a museum to remind people of the past. BLM/ANTIFA were not part of that history and are repeating what the past members did by repeating those same mistakes. It is called respect not hate. We have come a long way and the Democrats are trying to rekindle the hate of the past to control the left.
None of us were a part of the past hate – so why would you repeat it by this:
Jun 16th 2020
MORE THAN 40 feet off the ground and weighing 12 tonnes, the colossal bronze statue of Robert E. Lee astride his horse that has stood on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia, for 130 years was too high and heavy for protesters to topple. Instead they covered the stone base beneath the Confederacy’s leading general with graffiti: “Black Lives Matter”; “Down with hate”; “Uplift!” More evocative than an empty plinth, the site has become a place for activists and locals to gather.
Three weeks after the killing of George Floyd by a white police officer sparked widespread protests, Confederate statues are being defaced and torn down across America. The process is particularly striking in Richmond, capital of the Confederacy during the civil war. Monument Avenue once epitomised racism: in the early 20th century, estate agents marketed its elegant houses as whites-only through advertisements illustrated with the statues of the Confederate leaders that dot it.
Though such statues commemorate the rebel army that fought in the civil war to preserve states’ rights to keep slaves, most were erected later, during the Jim Crow era of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Under the laws of that time, blacks in the South were forced to attend different schools. They risked lynching if they tried to register to vote and were excluded from all but low-paying jobs. Confederate statues, which sentimentalise and glorify the “lost cause” of the civil war, were put up to bolster all that. Some went up even more recently, during the civil-rights struggle of the 1960s.
Their continued presence in America’s cities and towns, painful and insulting for so many, has been the subject of often ponderous debate. Two years ago a commission in Richmond published its recommendations on what should be done with Monument Avenue’s five Confederate statues. Its proposals—to remove that of Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederacy, and put explanatory signs on the others—mirrored what protesters did within hours last week: toppling Davis and covering the rest in slogans.
Many cities have statues of the past which were put in place to remind us of our past mistakes. It seems that many people have not been taught to respect the history of the past and learn from it. The left has drowned out education – three R’s, plus civics/history – to continue to stir the pot of hate to control their constitutents.
If you don’t want the statues in your cities show respect to the past and give them to museums who will preserve them to remind us that we don’t want to go down that road again – even if the Democrats do.
Respect is not given – it is earned.