My thoughts on the whole Confederate Statue issue

  • On the one hand I’m a bit torn about the whole Confederate statue thing. If we wanna purge history and clear things up till everything is PC, we’d only be left with Starbucks and McDonald’s (and even then progressive radicals would wanna tear them down too due to where they get their coffee beans and beef from). On the other hand with regards to Confederate statues, they’re certainly a part of history, although not the proudest part, but where do we draw the line? George Washington and Jefferson had slaves, do we blurt out their names from history? Henry Ford was a viscous anti-Semite, including our Canadian WW2 Liberal Prime Minister who’s on the $50 dollar bill. Every early Canadian PM from John A MacDonald to Wilfred Laurier had views about Aboriginals that anybody today would find abhorrent. Where do we draw the line? As a kid when I’d travel to the US I noticed the second you got past Ohio and into Kentucky you’d start seeing the Confederate flag a lot. I remember being in tourist t-shirt shops and you’d even see it on bikinis! And as a kid from Canada my first initial thoughts were “isn’t that the flag of the bad guys from the Civil War that fought to keep slavery?” Is the Confederate flag a symbol of hatred and white supremacist, or is it a symbol of the Old South, Dixie, and can that flag be around in public without the racist connotations? I honestly don’t know. From the outside looking in it gets more and more confusing. But I’ll tell you one thing, and this may shock people, I’m all for preserving history and so forth, but some things need to go. I’ll give you an example. So, because of all the craziness going on in the US, I was reading a list of all the Confederate statues and stuff named after people on that side of the war etc, and what surprised me is that it’s not that odd statue here or there in the back woods of some ol’graveyard or a preserved military fort, no, they got this stuff everywhere, and you don’t need to be all “I’m for PC culture!” just to see that it’s wrong. Let me give you an example. So there’s this guy named Nathan Bedford Forrest (if you’ve ever seen the movie Forest Gump, this is the guy in that KKK scene at the beginning) anyways, the guy fought in the Civil War, and afterwards he was basically the founder of the Klu Klux Klan. Now it’s one thing to argue about Robert E. Lee, him as a historical figure, military figure, how he wanted to preserve the Union but fought for the Confederates because he was from Virginia, whatever, but this guy, Bedford Forrest founded the KKK! And they got parks named after him, and even TWO schools! Yah! The one school, an elementary school in Jacksonville Florida, it took until 2014 for them to change the flipping name to Westside! Oh, to top it off, the school is 67% African American. The other school, a Highschool has been subtly named, Forrest school. So I think there’s a line. Should we tear down every statue, and erase from history every controversial historical figure that doesn’t meet today’s acceptable form of ethics, certainly not, but I think common sense can at times weigh in. Thomas Jefferson owned slaves, should his statue be torn down, no, should a school kids go to be named after the founder of the KKK, NO. Now the SJWs who are tearing down that random Confederate statues and jumping on it like they’re liberated Iraqis are beyond stupid and I can guarantee have never read a history book let alone one about the Civil War, but I do think there is a discussion that needs to be had in the US and elsewhere about the degree of veneration we give to certain historical figures, but that discussion will go nowhere intelligently if, ironically enough, the people defining the discourse of that discussion are the kinds of people who think it’s appropriate to wave around the flags of the two most genocidal regimes of the past century.