HOW TO DEMONIZE THE OPPOSITION AND SOUND INCLUSIVE, TOLERANT, LIBERAL, PROGRESSIVE

When I got the video above in a comment (as part of this news article => Watch: New Orleans Mayor’s Speech on Confederate Monuments That’s Going Viral), I decided I may as well do a post.

Anyway, if you have the time, listen to the video. If you have a bit more, here are my some of my thoughts.

  • The mayor says a great nation does not hide its history. Then he proceeds to hide the part he does not like.  Is that not hypocrisy?
  • There are no monuments to slave history in the United States? BS! Which museum did the mayor mention? Visit a colonial era plantation or many of the presidential homes in Virginia and you will find out about the slave quarters.
  • Look at the history of the world. The Romans put rebels on crosses. They were brutal slaveholders. The Aztecs sacrificed people. Blacks sold other blacks into slavery. Many of our ancestors were quite capable of being vile monsters. Europe had pogroms against Jews and thoroughly bloody religious/political warfare. Vikings raped and pillaged. I understand they would sacrifice a woman at the death of a chieftain. My ancestors include Celts. Did you know the Druids engaged in human sacrifice? And we have not even gotten started. Lots of history to pretty up, is there not?
  • The Confederacy is part of the history of the South. It is part of the history of our country. Like it or not, the Civil War statues honor men who deserved admiration because they actually were admirable. Perfect? No. They fought on the losing side, and they didn’t play jazz. But the United States, because it is a great nation, allowed the losers of a bloody Civil War the opportunity to celebrate its great men, even though they celebrated the courage and tenacity of rebels who had supported the cause of slavery.
  • The mayor’s quote from Abraham Lincoln is just twisted. Lincoln never condemned the remembrance of dead Confederates. Read The Gettysburg Address. Here is how it ends.

    It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

    Lincoln said honored dead. He excluded no one.

The men of the South gave their word. They stopped fighting. Eventually, the North brought its troops home. Did the blacks continue to suffer? Yes. Did some blacks move North? Were they accepted there? Not really. Racism is not a geographic problem. It is a heart problem.

Out of one side of his mouth the mayor speaks of inclusiveness. Out of the other side he excludes. Perhaps the mayor is just engaging in cowardly demagoguery. The dead cannot fight back, and too many of the living fear being called racists.

57 thoughts on “HOW TO DEMONIZE THE OPPOSITION AND SOUND INCLUSIVE, TOLERANT, LIBERAL, PROGRESSIVE

    1. Lincoln actually did visit Richmond after the Union had taken it, and he did not lord over the place.

      If really was a disaster when Andrew Johnson took over after Lincoln’s assassination.

      That said. I am not certain why the statue of Lincoln is needed in Richmond. It is kind of like rubbing salt in a wound.

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      1. A strangely selective empathy we have here. The statue of the Great Abraham Lincoln is supposedly “rubbing salt in the wound[s]” of the alleged distant progeny of rebel soldiers (you’d think that those wounds might have at least scarred over some by now). Yet, it is hard to even imagine how the statues of the leading defenders of centuries of African American bondage and oppression might have kept wounds open, fresh and daily salted? There must be very few people alive today who knew anyone who fought in the Civil War on either side. However, every Baby Boomer can remember Jim Crow, the assassination of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and the white violence against the Civil Rights movement. Which wounds do you think are more deep and more fresh?

        It seems to me that so-called “identity politics” is so disfavored here because of the belief that it divides us into tribal camps where we only empathize with the wounds of our own kind and thus wallow in our ethnic victimhood, self pity and blame. Perhaps the healing balm to all this is simple love and concern for others.

        Alluding to the Parable of The Good Samaritan in his “On Being a Good Neighbor” sermon, Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. said:

        “If the white man is concerned only about his race, he will casually pass by the Negro who has been stripped and robbed of his personhood, stripped and robbed of his dignity, and left dying on some wayside road.”

        “Identity politics” was not a bugaboo of the Right or the Left back then, but the Reverend King did talk about “provincialism” as the blind inability to see past race and ethnicity and to have compassion for the actual wounds of others. Such provincialism, according to King is “an unbelievable expression of barbaric consequences of any tribal-centered, national centered, or racial centered ethic.” We fail to see a suffering people “as fellow human beings made of the same basic stuff as we, molded in the same divine image”.

        Reverend King goes on to say that “pity” for the fellow human suffering in pain is not what is needed, but instead “sympathy”, and “true sympathy is the personal concern that demands the giving of one’s soul.”

        Comparing the centuries of suffering of African Americans in this country, wounds that only in my lifetime were made illegal to inflict, verses the affront to their notoriously provincial cultural heritage that the Richmond Sons of Confederates are claiming, whose wounds really demand our greater sympathy?

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        1. You are calling my empathy selective? When I read this, I thought of our discussions here.

          Of course it’s going to have an effect. It’s only when politics becomes involved that people find a way to torture the facts to come up with the answer they want. — Anne Sommers (from => http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/may/31/insurance-companies-denied-treatment-to-patients-o/)

          Here is a picture of the statue.
          Here is an article on Lincoln’s visit. =>https://www.nps.gov/rich/learn/historyculture/lincvisit.htm

          The statue was installed in 2003. Cannot even find a website for the United States Historical Society. It seems they paid homage to Lincoln’s memory quite appropriately.

          For more on the site of the statue and a more detailed image of the statue => https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tredegar_Iron_Works

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  1. Anon wrote:

    “What about the Washington monument?
    He was a slave owner is that a monument to white supremacy too?”

    Good point. But was the Washington monument erected to celebrate the institutiona of slavery and to honor slave holding? Or was it actually erected to celebrate the man who was perhaps most influential in the establishment of our democracy?

    I think the latter, and I would also say the same about the Jefferson Memorial.

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  2. Tom wrote:

    “Everything is just so complicated. You want a big huge government, and you are certain it will work, but everything is just so complicated.”

    As our dad used to say, “What on earth does that have to do with the price of rice in China?”

    “The suggestion that African Americans might consider their poor benevolent slave masters and traders victims is actually kind of funny. It is actually exactly the sort of thing the Democratic Party wants. For example, Trump colluded with the Russians to steal the election! Gasp!”

    Again, what are you taking about?

    “Seriously, the blacks in New Orleans are selling their votes cheaply. Just to piss off who knows who, they are wasting their own money getting a few monuments removed.”

    Are you just spewing non sequiturs because you have run out of unintelligibles to write? Next you will say that you object to these monuments to white supremacy being removed because of Obamacare, Climate change, and the lunar landings in the 60’s and why not throw Benghazi in for good measure? 😳

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