During a visit to Richmond Virginia earlier this summer my son was aghast at all the statues honoring heroes of the Confederate army.
He said it was the equivalent of going to Germany and seeing statues of Nazis.
As egregious as slavery was, it was not designed to annihilate slaves like the Nazi goal of eradicating Jews.
A large number of Southerners who fought for the Confederacy did not own slaves.
The cause they believed they were fighting for was to preserve their way of life from Northern aggression.
We have come to believe the North fought to free the slaves as opposed to just preserving the Union.
It was really a war of cultural chauvinism.
Many of the confederate heroes enshrined in honor had proved themselves to be great Americans before the war.
I can see why either side of the equation feels the way they do.
There are many fine, upstanding and righteous individuals on both sides of this coin.
Wanting the statues up or down doesn’t make anyone inherently good or evil.
The bee in my bonnet is selective memory, selective amnesia and selective outrage.
If Harvey Fierstein admires my tie, does that make me gay?
Just because some Nazis agree with you on an issue it doesn’t make you a Nazi.
I’m all for showing Nazis the working end of a baseball bat up close and personal, but that in and of itself doesn’t make me a saint.
Stalin fought the Nazis and he’s the only person known to mankind that has any business being compared to Hitler.
The leftist mobs who showed up in Charlottesville to disrupt the protest were not solely as my wife described, “peaceful college kids”.
They were another bunch of Nazi thugs with different flags and different hats.
But the bigger issue for me is this.
If the statues of Confederates and the Stars and Bars are to be banned because of their association with slavery, let’s be thoroughly consistent.
Take the the statues and rename the streets, schools and institutions named for the following.
Any New England sea captain or ship owner.
Any industrialist who manufactured clothes made from cotton.
Any wholesaler or retailer who sold those finished goods.
Any southern landed gentry who owned a plantation.
And most importantly, any politician or office holder of any level who was a member of the Democrat party from 1850 to 1960.
No other group in power did more to protect the institution of slavery, promote segregation, or subjugate and impoverish black Americans in those 110 years.
Come to think of it their policies today continue to maintain the bigotry of low expectations, the destitution of broken families and to chain blacks to Uncle Sam’s Welfare Plantation.
Help a black person, boycott Democrats.
Jim Crow was a Democrat. So was every Grand Dragon and Imperial Wizard.