All this 'in-fighting' between Americans polarised by diverse ideologies, begs the question to be asked...your history is what it is/was, so seeking
to expunge a statue here, or some other monument there, will never change that history, nor its record held by other forms of media, so why attempt to
You confront shameful aspects of one's history by teaching the truth of it, and use that truth to ensure such shameful history is never allowed to
repeat itself, because you can be certain that it will repeat itself if it is made hidden and forgotten. The fact is, if you remove the statue, you
should also remove the Constitution from public viewing, as that document was not only 'racist' by what it omitted, but also sexist as well.
The Constitution was the establishment of America as a 'white' nation, and was written at a time while the establishing white culture was annihilating
the already established 'red culture' of the Indian tribes. Neither the Indians of America, nor the Africans brought to America as slaves were
included in the Constitutional statement that '...all men are created equal...'. What of women, even 'white' women? They too, were not included. Why
was that? Simply because America was founded as a patriarchal nation, and it still remains so to some extent.
Of course, my point is that one cannot be selective towards historical shame. The Confederate states fought their side of the American civil war out
of a shameful ideology, and no matter how they might try, no once Confederate state can distance itself from that shame. It should remain in-situ and
on view as a reminder of one's shameful past. Good or bad, one's history is one's history, and not a single scene of it should be expunged.
Our histories mandate that we are better in the present day, but we have to view it and listen to it without putting veils around it to soften the
criticism. Our histories show us the way to be better, but we can't be better if we hide or forget history.
The problem isn't your history, your problem on this issue is your modern-day ideology. Both right and left are being driven by a zealous hate of each
other, and what this clearly shows is that as Americans, you have not moved on from the ideological schisms of the Civil War. Not only do you remain
in their grip, but that the historical schisms have widened by social fracture by social fracture throughout the whole landmass of America.
The youth of the left has neither the experience nor the wisdom of it to fully connect or understand the cause they think they are fighting for,
whilst the maturity of the right remains ignorant and unmoving in the rut of familiarity of a shameful past they ignore. However, it's not statues or
monuments that either side is fighting for, it is belief.
America is still a work in progress, and it has a long, long way to go, before it settles down.
edit on 12/8/18 by elysiumfire because: (no