Confederate monuments

When all those Confederate monuments and statues were erected:

Yes, these monuments were put up to honor Confederate leaders. But the timing of the monument building makes it pretty clear what the real motivation was: to physically symbolize white terror against blacks. They were mostly built during times when Southern whites were engaged in vicious campaigns of subjugation against blacks, and during those campaigns the message sent by a statue of Robert E. Lee in front of a courthouse was loud and clear.

No one should think that these statues were meant to be somber postbellum reminders of a brutal war. They were built much later, and most of them were explicitly created to accompany organized and violent efforts to subdue blacks and maintain white supremacy in the South. I wouldn't be surprised if even a lot of Southerners don't really understand this, but they should learn. There's a reason blacks consider these statues to be symbols of bigotry and terror. It's because they are.

Wikipedia: President of the Confederate States of America: List of presidents:

"Confederate States Accidental Election, 2017"

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3 Responses:

  1. Kitty says:

    I've got a book open on how long it'll take for the first "The war was about States rights" dipshit to show up in the comments to this post.

    • Jesus I had that argument only yesterday. All you have to do is read the state's declaration of separation and "maintaining slavery" is like the first paragraph of almost every single one of them.

  2. MrEricSir says:

    You have to wonder how many Republicans who claim to be with "the party of Lincoln" are somehow okay with these statues.