by Frankie Stockes
Across the South, state and local governments are in a race against their constituents to tear down any and all remnants of the Confederacy. Both liberal Democrats and spineless Republicans have not only stood idly by, but voiced support for, and voted in favor of, historical vandalism, the likes of which our country has never seen. As the City of New Orleans begins the removal of monuments amidst massive protests, and under the cover of darkness, the City of Charlottesville, Virginia is in a costly, drawn out legal fight to tear down a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
The statue, currently positioned in the City’s Lee Park, has stood for nearly 100 years, and since 1997, has appeared on the National Registry of Historic Places. Lee Park has been the scene of protests both in favor of, and against the statue, after Vice-Mayor of Charlottesville, Wes Bellamy, claimed a young girl told him she was offended by the statue, and that African Americans were unsafe in the park, called for its removal. The action in Charlottesville, which has taken a front and center role in Virginia’s 2017 Gubernatorial Election, thanks in large part to Republican Corey Stewart’s defense of the monument, is poised to set a potentially national precedent in the handling of, and tearing down of monuments.
As the City of Charlottesville’s so-called ‘Blue Ribbon Commission on Race, Memorials, and Public Spaces’ convened, they were assigned the task of ‘telling the full story of Charlottesville’s history of race and changing the city’s narrative through our public spaces.’ Yes, you read that correctly, ‘changing the city’s narrative.’ What does ‘changing the city’s narrative’ entail? How far does it go? Does it stop at removing statues of Confederate Generals? Or does it continue by removing every aspect of the city’s history someone could find offensive? Will Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, founder of the University of Virginia, and a slave owner, be erased from Charlottesville’s history books? Jefferson has attracted attention from the ‘social justice warrior’ community nationwide. Students at the University of Missouri, emboldened by the removal of a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis at the University of Texas, have recently demanded the removal of a statue depicting Thomas Jefferson on the school’s Columbia campus. Led by a group known as ‘Mobilized African Diaspora,’ or ‘MAD,’ the students have cited ‘the need to project a progressive environment,’ and the school’s duty to ‘help cure the emotional and psychological strain of today.’ If Jefferson is wiped from our history books, does the Declaration of Independence go out the window as well? That sure would make me ‘MAD.’
It’s not some far-fetched conspiracy theory cooked up on dark corners of the internet. Historical vandalism is real, it’s here, and it’s sponsored by governing bodies both nationally and globally. The histories of the United States, and all of Western Civilization are at stake. By falling into the hands of a small few on the far-left, our history would be changed forever. They say history is written by the victors. There is no room in the United States for the far-left to become the victors of the culture war. We as Americans have no choice but to stand up to those threatening our legacy, and the legacy of our ancestors.
‘All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.’ -Thomas Jefferson