The political incorrectness of all things Confederate
In the wake of the recent murderous shooting spree in Charleston, South Carolina, throngs of politically correct (PC) iconoclasts are demanding the erasure and disappearance of Confederate icons.
Although the demands of the PC iconoclasts are focused upon the Confederate flag, which flies over the South Carolina State House grounds, the iconoclasts have it in for statues and street names, which commemorate Confederate persons, too.
All of these, we are told (although not in such plain language) must disappear down the memory hole of political correctness.
These PC iconoclasts are telling us (although (again) not in such plain language): “Future generations must never hear the name of Robert E. Lee (and his confederates) again!”
Once these icons are destroyed, and the history they symbolized vanished forever down the memory hole, these PC iconoclasts will pat themselves on their backs, tell themselves how compassionate and tolerant they are, and head to their favorite Starbucks in the wealthiest and whitest part of town for a skinny soy latte, which will be prepared for them by the poor colored (=Negro) staff.
Washington, DC is notorious for its wealthy white people at Starbucks with poor colored staff.
The current demand for removal of all things Confederate is symbolism over substance.
The on-going PC demand for the Washington Redskins to change their name and their logo is also an example of symbolism over substance. The PC iconoclasts don’t give a crap about how American Indians are actually doing (=substance), which is: not well. All the PC iconoclasts care about is a symbol (=symbolism).
Likewise, regarding all things Confederate, the PC iconoclasts don’t give a crap about blacks and how they’re actually doing (=substance), which is: not well. All the PC iconoclasts care about is a symbol (=symbolism).
“Take down that flag! So we can celebrate our PC victory at Starbucks while being served by poor colored people!”
A Confederate flag is one thing… a Confederate statue is another. Statues are not so easily removed. But we, as a society, seem to be headed in the direction of Confederate statue removal (and the renaming of mean streets with “oppressive” Confederate names).
Contrary to simplistic, politically correct, popular opinion, the US Civil War wasn’t fought to free the slaves. There were many factors that led to the war. Slavery and the political power attached to slave holding states being added to the Union before the war (and the representatives of those states being added to the US Congress) was only one of those many factors.
“Physical and social differences between North and South did not in themselves necessarily imply an irrepressible conflict. They did not mean that civil war had been decreed from the beginning by Fate. It came when problems arising from rapid growth and expansion got into such shape that they could not be solved by discussion, tolerance, and compromise…How this happened is not entirely clear. We only know that sectional rivalry in the nation turned into a struggle between…‘civilizations,’ between progress and backwardness, between right and wrong. Men ceased to reason, to tolerate, to accept compromise. Good men then had no choice but to kill and be killed.” ~ Avery Craven, The Coming of the Civil War (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1942, 1957, 1966; 1967) p. 1-2
If the PC iconoclasts are going to demand the removal of all Confederate statues and memorials, we’re going to have a lot of work to do, because there are many of them, including one in Washington, DC.
I was born in Washington, DC, grew up in Maryland, and presently live in Pennsylvania, about 15 miles from Gettysburg. The reality of the US Civil War never is — and never has been — far from my mind.
There’s a statue commemorating the Confederate soldiers of Montgomery County, Maryland in my hometown of Rockville, Maryland. Confederate troops went through Rockville on their way to Pennsylvania in 1863. Lee and his soldiers marched down the highway I live near (US 30) on their way to Gettysburg.
8,000 men and 3,000 horses lay dead on the field in the Pennsylvania summer sun after that battle was over. Left for the citizens of Gettysburg to bury.
I hope we never forget the horrors of that terrible war.
Removing flags and statues of the Confederacy will only help us to forget. It’s better we remember.
Confederate flag controversy amid S.C. grieving https://youtu.be/vkUlfDHI_rg
How The Charleston Shooting Is Linked To The Confederate Flag, According To A South Carolinian
“As journalists scrambled to unearth more information about Roof on Thursday morning, one piece of damning evidence emerged: A Facebook picture of him on top of his car bearing a license plate with different versions of the Confederate flag. In case it wasn’t clear, the flags were surrounded by the words ‘Confederate States of America’…”
Read more: How The Charleston Shooting Is Linked To The Confederate Flag, According To A South Carolinian http://thkpr.gs/3671684
Take Down the Confederate Flag—Now
“The flag that Dylann Roof embraced, which many South Carolinians embrace, endorses the violence he committed…”
Continue reading: Take Down the Confederate Flag—Now – http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/06/take-down-the-confederate-flag-now/396290/
“CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — A Confederate monument at White Point Gardens was vandalized with graffiti.
“The graffiti was discovered Sunday morning as thousands gathered downtown to honor the victims killed at Emanuel AME Church.
Continue reading: Confederate Statue Vandalized Downtown Charleston – http://wjbf.com/2015/06/21/confederate-statue-vandalized-downtown-charleston/
Activists: State should end all Confederate memorials
“After changing the Georgia flag and removing statue of a racist in front of the Capitol, academic and activist want state to do more…”
Continue reading: Activists: State should end all Confederate memorials http://clatl.com/atlanta/activists-state-should-end-all-confederate-memorials/Content?oid=11620447
The Case Against Vandalizing Confederate Monuments
“A history teacher argues that statues of Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee deserve to be left alone…”
Read more: The Case Against Vandalizing Confederate Monuments http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2011/12/the-case-against-vandalizing-confederate-monuments/250337/
Albert Pike Statue – Washington, D.C.
Albert Pike (b. December 29, 1809, Boston – d. April 2, 1891, Washington, D.C.) was an attorney, soldier, writer, and Freemason. Albert Pike is the only Confederate military officer or figure to be honored with a statue in Washington, D.C. – http://www.dcmemorials.com/index_indiv0000360.htm
Rockville [Confederate] Civil War Monument – Rockville, Maryland
“The monument sits on the side of the courthouse in downtown Rockville. The statue faces south. It’s said to be the northernmost monument honoring the confederate soldier. The pedestal reads “To our heroes of Montgomery Co Maryland. That we through life may not forget to love the thin gray line…” –
Confederate Monuments at Gettysburg
“The first Confederate monument on the Gettysburg battlefield was dedicated in 1884 to the 1st Maryland Battalion. It took years for the next to follow…”
Continue reading: Confederate Monuments at Gettysburg: http://gettysburg.stonesentinels.com/confederate-monuments/
See: List of monuments and memorials of the Confederate States of America – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_monuments_and_memorials_of_the_Confederate_States_of_America
PHOTOS – THE CONFEDERATE FLAG: International symbol for resistance to tyranny – http://www.confederateamericanpride.com/rebelflag.html
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“Young men at college in the North are constantly exposed to the danger of imbibing doctrines subversive of all old institutions, and of all the established tenets respecting religion, law, morality, property, and government. Every village has its press and its lecture room, and each lecturer and editor, unchecked by healthy public opinion, opens up for discussion all the received dogmas of faith. Nothing is considered as settled, nothing is too venerable or sacred to be controverted. The intellectual rashness of Youth, and their love of novelty, predisposes them to reject old opinions, and accept, without sufficient investigation, what is novel and startling. It is not safe or prudent to expose young minds to the contagion of the conventions, the lectures, and press of Northern Isms. They naturally hate restraint and gradually embrace doctrines which teach them to throw aside all restraint, and give free reigns to inclination, appetite and passion, is the highest virtue.
“The great movement at the North, the great lesson, taught everywhere now in free society is that “Passional Attraction,” “Free Love,” “attractive Labor,” and “the Voluntary Principle,” are to be substituted for Law, Religion, and Government. It is but the failure and breaking up of free society, and may be alright and proper there, but would be quite out of place at the South, where society is healthy, vigorous, and flourishing.
“The North fifty years ago, was eminently religious and conservative. Then it was well to send Southern youth to her Colleges. She is now the land of heresies, infidelities, and superstitions, and not fit to be trusted with the education of our sons and daughters.
“As institutions of learning, the colleges of the South are equal to those of the North–the University of Virginia probably superior to any in the Union. Under these circumstances, it surprises us that moral, conservative and religious men at the North, who can afford it, do not send their sons to Southern schools. Their training would be moral, religious and conservative, and they would never learn, or read a word in school or out of school, inconsistent with orthodox Christianity, pure morality, the right of property, the sacredness of marriage, the obligation of law, the duty of obedience to government.”
Richmond Enquirer, December 29, 1855
Quoted in: Avery Craven, The Coming of the Civil War (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1942; 1957; 1966; 1967) pp. 301-302