Oldthinker! Oldthinker! That's a damned Eastasian lie! It's 7.62x39mm, I've seen the photos! </s>
I’m waiting for the first Stalin style Damnatio Memoriae to happen in official White House photography.
Happens all the time in the South. Memphis just took down the names of three city parks because they had "Confederate" (read, "damn honky cracka white mofo!") memorializations. That happens to high schools in Houston occasionally -- Robert E. Lee High School was renamed simply "Lee" and the team name was changed from "Rebels" to something meaningless. (Platypuses? Nematodes?)
When New Orleans fell under the heel of a black political machine run by Ernest Morial, father of Marc Morial the Unindicted Felon of New Orleans, the city parks were instantly stripped of their Confederate monuments (except for the rather large and bulky column topped by a statue of Bobby Lee, in the middle of Lee Circle). The large busts on stone pedestals were sequestered in a warehouse whose location is kept secret, and on significant days of the year, black city employees go there and party and piss on them and do other demeaning things to the monuments and the white men they memorialize. That would be an example of damnatio memoriae, or maybe fimificatio memoriae.
All over the South, black heroes are celebrated by federal law and local political push -- but white people's forebears and heroes are shunned, denigrated, and in New Orleans, have filth smeared on them in ritual demonization ceremonies presided over by people who call themselves antiracists, but aren't.
Grant’s tomb was a place of hobos and drugs.
So it isn’t just southern gents whose memory gets defaced like that.
It’s just more visible and “in your face” in the south.
Somebody did a restoration effort on the place in 1997 or so.
But it is still in a bad area.
Morningside Heights Manhatten.
It won’t be long until it is a hobo and drug infested pit again.
We won’t be truly postracial until racial insults hold no power over anyone.
Sadly, a certain political party that starts with ‘D’ receives power by keeping people perpetually offended.