One of the big controversies, among the seeming thousands that exist, that continues to divide Americans is whether or not Confederate statues should be torn down, due to the history of the Confederacy and it’s support of the institution of slavery.
This debate reached a fever pitch in Charlottesville when white nationalists and left-wing protesters clashed violently, culminating in a man running some folks over, a truly awful and barbaric turn of events.
President Trump made it clear from the get go that he thought, for the sake of history, the statues should be left alone, and it seems his White House Chief of Staff, Gen. John Kelly agrees.
Comments made by Kerry on the subject have made him the target of media scrutiny, along with walking, talking, eating, breathing, and sleeping. Just a little sarcasm for those who aren’t real good at picking up on it.
A reporter recently got shut down by Press Secretary Sarah Sanders after insinuating that Kelly’s stance on the issue means he supports slavery.
“Because you don’t like history doesn’t mean you can erase it and pretend it didn’t happen,” Sanders said at a press conference Tuesday. “That’s the point General Kelly was trying to make. And to try to create something to push a narrative that simply doesn’t exist is, frankly, outrageous and absurd.”
Kelly has been under fire for saying he doesn’t believe historic statues — like those of Confederate general Robert E. Lee and explorer Christopher Columbus — should be torn down simply because liberals suddenly find them racist.
“One hundred or 200 years from now, people will criticize us for what we do. And I guess they’ll tear down statues of people that we revere today,” Kelly told Fox News. “It’s just very, very dangerous and it shows you how much of a lack of appreciation of history [there is today].”
“It is absurd and disgraceful to keep trying to take [comments] out of context to mean something they simply don’t,” Sarah Sanders told reporters.
“All of our leaders have flaws,” Sanders said, citing former presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Kennedy, and Theodore Roosevelt. “That doesn’t diminish their contributions to our country, and we certainly can’t erase them from history.”
I understand that there are people who might still find much of what the Civil War was about to be a delicate subject, but that doesn’t mean we should completely erase reminders of our history so willy-nilly.
There needs to be deeper discussions about why these folks really feel the need to dispose of these statues, especially given people like Robert E. Lee actually experienced great change in his belief system and wasn’t simply an apologist for slavery. His character was far more complex than that.
But what’s really wrong with this particular story is how someone is being accused of supporting an awful, degrading, dehumanizing institution just because of their stance on whether or not a statue should be removed. That’s ludicrous!
The left have become masters at knee jerk reactions, going off emotions rather than sound logic and critical thinking. Perhaps it’s time to dial it down a notch.