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We can't judge people of the past with modern sensibilities and expect them to measure up
-- Jason Whitlock
To the citizens cheering the dismantling of American culture — the toppling of statues, the renaming of buildings, the discarding of fight songs, symbols and mascots, the remaking of customs associated with singing our national anthem and flying the flag — let me warn you:
Destruction requires little skill or wisdom. Construction requires an abundance of both.
Destruction vs. Construction. One demands no thought. The other necessitates a plan. One relies on emotion. The other depends on logic.
The passionate supporters and silent sympathizers of the Black Lives Matter Movement mistakenly believe we’re living in an era of historic change similar to the Abolitionist Movement, the Women’s Suffrage Movement and the Civil Rights Movement.
Freeing slaves, granting women the right to vote and ensuring black people full citizenship increased American freedom. Supporters of those movements sought to strengthen our country by being additive rather than punitive and restrictive.
This current wave of social justice reformers seeks to punish and restrict and, perhaps most devastatingly, demolish every tradition that preceded their feeling of superior enlightenment.
originally posted by: Hecate666
I don't think statues should just be torn down by a mob. How do you know it's the majority that wants them gone? If the majority does, I am sure there is a more civilised way of doing it, with a discussion for the pro and cons of doing so.
Statues are just really poncy images, you can see and touch. Statues are supposed to be noticed and make you ask why these people have been memorialised. Maybe they could just add a bit of detail about each person on the plinth. All the good and and maybe even what we nowadays consider bad included.
The German word for these statues is: Denkmal [literally: ThinkStructure!].
I do not expect non thinking people to appreciate these things, but tearing them down without asking first is a criminal offence in my opinion and should be punished. Sorry, I have not one iota of sympathy for any destruction without due discussions or votes. None.
originally posted by: JAGStorm
a reply to: network dude
I mentioned it in a previous post.
Someone said maybe the bible said to not have idols because they knew they caused conflict.
I have to agree.
What are statues? The ego of men immortalized. You are right, MLK was a womanizer.
Should the question be..........Do we really need statues of specific people? I'm talking in public places. In private places, go nuts.