Charlottesville Confirmation

the comment
I disagree with the liberal war against Confederate flags and other historical things. I am not certain or overly confident, but I think we can leave history in the open rather than destroy it. Lee was a general for his home. I think we waste our effort by going after him.  – Spyro


“History repeats itself,
so you might wanna pay attention.”
– Quavo

from 1993, Now I Feel Ya
by Scarface


the reply

Hello Spyro. Thanks for checking in. Rather I agree with your position or not – which I don’t – your opinion and voice are welcomed and matter. The Neighborhood stands its ground on its all-inclusive foundation. However….


written & edited by Kendall F. Person

Leaving history in the open is what museums and books are for. Towering monuments of defeated war generals, radiate an illusion of victory and the reality of oppression. But if such openness, is harmless and all the rage, than why no replicas of slave ships parked near the Outer Banks. Or auctioning blocks, built to scale, as a constant reminder of bloody hell. Or why not miles and miles of Native American monuments, simulating the trek to Oklahoma, and as markers, why not statues of dead bodies, so that America never forgets the Trail of Tears.

Or, what about Nat Turner, whose rebellion led to the deadliest slave uprising in American history. Lee may have been a General for his home, but Turner was a hero to his people. Although, counted as only 3/5th’s of a man, in 1831 he too was an American. So why not erect a monument of him, and place it in Southampton County – only 150 miles from General Lee in Charlottesville Virginia? Because the descendants of his victims would not tolerate it, even for a day, and I would neither blame nor accuse them of destroying history.

With few exceptions, conquered nations nor organized military or civilian rebels, are allowed to fly their battle flag or erect monuments on government ground, of which they tried to bring down. Nat Turner was executed for his insurrection, which caused the death of 60 people. Confederate Army General Robert E. Lee, never even faced a tribunal for his war crimes, in which 600,000 died. Yet somehow, he gets a statue. White Nationalists Rally Charlottesville VA 2017

The glaring presence of history, has left a more perfect Union trapped in a confederate box, by a war they lost. In so doing, it has enabled, the passing down of a racist ideology, that may have timed itself out, by now. More than 150 years after the civil war ended, the Charlottesville confirmation delivers a clear path. By taking the monuments down – at last a full surrender – allowing the deep south’s next generation, a fair chance to escape a racist past.

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  2. Hi Kendall. Love hearing your viewpoint as always. And I might actually favor your slant more than my own, but it think it’s worth airing a different angle from a previous blog (pre-Charlottesville, so timing here may be awkward but relevant to your post). In the larger debate about monuments (not in your piece per se), the common either/or assumption (you’re in favor of removing Robt E Lee etc. monuments or you’re a white supremacist) is an oversimplification and thus not a good fix on a full solution. E.g. I believe those people who are 100% against white supremacists and still favor keeping some of the monuments should be part of the debate (even if one disagrees with their position). We may share a long-term vision of a racially harmonious society but have differing strategies of approach. Thanks to The Neighborhood for providing a multi-view forum where different viewpoints can be brought to the table without name-calling or shaming.

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    • On my way to Shake My Head Hollow now. A Plague on Both Your Houses is an irresistible title if nothing else. Always appreciate when you add your voice to the forum. (big smile)

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      • Thanks, Kendall. As I said, it was written before Charlottesville, so I hope the timing for such alternative views is not too insensitive. In general, unlike some of my more politicized liberal and conservative friends, I think more perspectives at the table is always a good thing 🙂

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