We should never forget the Civil War, but we shouldn't glorify it. Heroes of the Confederacy should not have a place of prominence in the public square. We should not be honoring their efforts. They betrayed our country and they lost badly. Many of these statues and memorials were erected in the 20th Century rather than during or after the Civil War. This reverence for the era of slavery and the violent protection of it, happened during the height of Jim Crow laws. These memorials were meant to be a reinforcement of institutionalized racism
It makes sense for decent people to want them down and placed in a museum rather than in the public square. Sadly, there are hordes of Americans who don't see it that way. I am hearing the never-ending Republican cry of "Political Correctness" and "Stop being offended." The more one tries to bring racism into the equation, the harder the right will dig in its heels.
How do we get this statues removed? It's simple. Liberals have to advocate for them being kept in place.
First get the ACLU involved. Make it about southerners' rights. Regressives hate the ACLU, so if they start advocating for statues staying in place, you can get a crowd of neo-nazis will want them down.
Next, just make all liberals advocate for the statues. Liberals want to be empathetic to the poor southern losers who want to remember their fruitless wars. I'm so sorry you lost. You can have your statues if it makes you feel better about yourselves. Here's a hug.
Liberals can also take the history route. The Confederacy is a major part of Democratic Party history. Democrats want their history preserved too. Liberals are owning up to their repugnant, racist history? We won't give them the satisfaction. Let's take those statues down.
Whatever liberals want, regressives want the opposite, so let's leave those statues up. If we advocate for them staying up, they will come down tomorrow.
What I don't get is the sudden panic about removing the Statue of Liberty. Let's consider a couple of points about the statue.
- She's French
- She welcomes immigrants to the country.