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Disclaimer: My maternal grandmother was Elizabeth Mae Davis…..born in Alabama and according to family legend the cousin of Jefferson Davis….understandably not something that we spread around….
With the protests going on these days a new attempt to rid the very thought of the Confederacy from the society…..statues are being pulled down….flag being replaced and now Pelosi has done her part…..
“There is no room in the hallowed halls of Congress or in any place of honor for memorializing men who embody the violent bigotry and grotesque racism of the Confederacy,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wrote. With that letter to Cheryl Johnson, House clerk, workers Thursday began removing from the Capitol the portraits of four of her predecessors, NBC News reports. The paintings that have been displayed in the Speaker’s Lobby are of Robert Hunter of Virginia; Howell Cobb of Georgia; James Orr of South Carolina; and Charles Crisp of Georgia. All served as speaker before or after their service to the Confederacy, at various times from the 1830s through the 1890s.
Orr “swore on the House Floor to ‘preserve and perpetuate’ slavery in order to ‘enjoy our property in peace, quiet and security,'” Pelosi wrote, while Hunter “served at nearly every level of the Confederacy,” including time as secretary of state and in the army. The Democrat, who has called for statues of Confederate leaders to be removed from the Capitol and their names to be taken off military installations, said she didn’t know about the portraits until recently. “We were taking inventory of the statues, and the curator told us,” Pelosi said. In the Senate on Thursday, per CNN, Democrats tried to pass a measure to remove the Capitol statues, but Republicans blocked the move.
Pelosi is just giving a knee jerk reaction to the events unfolding…..in my opinion this is a lame ass move.
I do not think this will do anything to advance the dialog we all feel we need……these men were part of the US Congress in their day and to try and write them out of history is just wrong.
Why not put a disclaimer on their portraits explaining who they were and what they did.
At what point to we stop pretending that these worthless exhibitions of caring will do anything to change the direction of racism in this country?
Should we not then by their logic remove evidence of Andrew Johnson from the official portraits of presidents…..simply because he was a “Reb” by birth?
I mean….. while in Congress, he supported the Fugitive Slave Act and the right to own slaves.
These statues that are being vandalized….I do not agree with the act….taking them down and moving them to a “historical” location seems more logical….I may hate these guys for what they did but it is American history that is being destroyed.
What purpose did these stolid artifacts that are now being dismantled serve? The French theorist of propaganda Jacques Ellul might say they were crucial machinery in the “propaganda of integration,” his designation for modes of enculturation which are so all-encompassing as to be imperceptible. When most people speak of propaganda, they refer to what he calls the “propaganda of agitation”—which would include, for example, the Pope’s exhortation to die in a Crusade in the service of Christ, the Nazi spectacle captured in the film Triumph of the Will, or George W. Bush’s “You’re either with us or with the terrorists”—all designed to arouse passions that lead to immediate action.
The propaganda of integration, conversely, is so quiet and pervasive it goes unnoticed. It instills an enthusiasm for conformity in individuals through the repetition of customs, rituals, and habits; it stabilizes society by planting ideologies so subtly and permanently in our souls that it effects a “persuasion from within.” In the United States, for example, television commercials, “historical” information installed in national park welcome centers, the presence of God on our coins, and the singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at sporting events all scramble symbols of faith, consumerism, liberty, nature, community, wholesome fun, and patriotism into one deliciously indivisible mix. What some would call “propaganda” or even “indoctrination,” others would simply call the everyday facts of our lives.
I still think that the statues of our Founding Fathers should be safe from vandals…I may not like some of their lives but they did give the world a great republic.
What does the public think?
As recently as June 6-7, a 44% plurality of respondents in a national Morning Consult/Politico poll said the Confederate statues should “remain standing,” while only 32% said they should be “taken down.”
By June 17, barely a week and a half later, a majority of voters, 52%, supported “removing Confederate statues from public spaces around the country” in a Quinnipiac poll, compared to 44% opposed to removal. Those numbers represented a historic swing from August 2017, when Quinnipiac found just a 39% minority favoring removal, with 50% opposing.
I think it is time for all concerned to take a step back and re-think their idiocies…is not destroying history the same as celebrating wrongs?
Please let level heads prevail in this situation.
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