Sunday, August 13, 2017

Removing Confederate Statues is Revisionist History

Staff Writer, DL Mullan
Slavery / Civil War

Listen to A Black Conservative Tell You Why Removing Confederate Statues is Revisionist History
New Orleans has removed the first of a few Confederate statues in response to criticism that the statutes are symbols of white supremacy, racism, and hatred. Opponents of the statues also say they glorify the ugly history of slavery in the United States. Workers who were tasked with the job of removing the monuments and statues had to wear bulletproof vests while being protected by police snipers as they worked at night. This was said to be a precautionary measure for their safety, but it could also be seen as a PR move to justify the removal of the structures. Some people are upset about this whole situation and the bulletproof vests may be worn to try and paint the upset people as also being violent white supremacists that would shoot someone trying to remove something they deeply identify with.

All of this screams “revisionist history.” Marxism, more specifically. To attempt to change the written history into something else more palatable to those who are either in power or those who want to assume power. The Confederate (battle) flag has often been cited in conjunction with the statues of Robert E. Lee and others as symbols of racism for a few reasons. Many of the reasons are not totally sound and could be used for the other side of the war as well. But due to prior Marxist revisionism, it appears as if only one side is mentioned in a negative way.

Robert E. Lee is said to have been a slave owner but so was General Ulysseus S. Grant, the leader of the Union Army. Nobody wants to desecrate any of his monuments. The Confederacy was said to be fighting for the preservation of slavery, but the North had slaves throughout the entire war and for a brief period of time after the war, longer than the South was allowed to keep their slaves. The Confederate flag is seen as a symbol of racism but it only existed for 4 years of slavery, while the American flag existed for around 90 years of slavery and the Union Jack existed for about 150 years of slavery before that (in North America of course.) Many of these facts are not known by the general public and more facts will continue to go unknown if the current trend of revisionist history continues. And those who do not know their history are doomed to repeat it.

Source: Anthony Brian Logan