By Rick Moran
There’s a massive amount of commentary today on the drive to remove monuments related to the Confederacy. Statues of generals, political leaders, and prominent citizens during that period in history are coming down all over the South following the violence in Charlottesville. Monuments that remind local citizens of their ancestors who died in the Civil War are also being removed.
In truth, Charlottesville is an excuse to do what activists have wanted to do for decades: remove every last reminder that there was, at one time, an independent nation on the American continent based on the idea that humans could be bought and sold like animals. President Trump said as much yesterday:
[W]ill you tear down George Washington’s statue next? Do you like Jefferson? He was a slave owner. Will you tear down his statue, too? You are changing the history and changing the culture.
We are not going to refight the Civil War. But perhaps the movement to take down these statues can’t envision the logical outcome of its proponents’ actions. Indeed, anyone who believes we will stop at taking down statues of Confederates or reminders of the Confederacy doesn’t understand the mindset of those behind this movement.