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  • DC Committee Recommends Removing Monuments [semi-satire]

    09/07/2020 2:45:03 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 6 September 2020 | John Semmens
    A committee reporting to D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) recommends removing the monuments, statues, and inscriptions honoring America's founders and heroes "whose connections to slavery and oppression render them unfit to be mentioned in the nation's capital." The so-called "rogues gallery" includes George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, Andrew Jackson, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, Woodrow Wilson; Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Graham Bell, and Francis Scott Key. Committee members Bowser advisor Beverly Perry and public library director Richard Reyes-Gavilan asserted that "we believe strongly that all District of Columbia public spaces, facilities and commemorative works should only honor those...
  • DC task force targets monuments, prompting fierce blowback

    09/03/2020 9:47:32 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 32 replies
    AP ^ | 09 03 2020 | Staff
    A task force commissioned by the Washington, D.C., government has recommended renaming, relocating or adding context to dozens of monuments, schools, parks and buildings because of their namesakes' participation in slavery or racial oppression. Among the targets are the Washington Monument and Jefferson Memorial. Some of the proposals in the report released Tuesday are definite non-starters, as many of the most prominent monuments and statues stand on federal land, outside D.C. government control. Still, the recommendations have already prompted fierce reactions amid an ongoing national debate over America’s racial history. “As long as President Trump is in the White House,...
  • About Those Monuments (my letter to the editor)

    08/23/2020 4:33:22 PM PDT · by crusher · 13 replies
    our local newspaper | probably 8/27 | crusher
    The Editor I am not a Southern Partisan (even though I hail from southern Minnesota, the tropical part) nor am I a political partisan having renounced party affiliation in 1988, so I have no particular dog in the fight over historical monuments. That said, I discern some unfortunate (and I hope inadvertent) parallels between the anti-historicists of our current time and numerous misanthropic regimes of the past. In this matter I draw on the wisdom of philosopher George Santayana, who famously said, “Those who ignore the past are doomed to repeat its mistakes.” This debate is not about the “offensiveness”...
  • Monumental Wounds

    08/15/2020 6:00:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies ^ | August 15, 2020 | Lori Roman
    My great-great grandfather was a hero of the Civil War--a soldier of the Ohio Cavalry who was wounded and captured. He almost died in the most notorious and horrific Confederate prisoner of war camp. As a child, each Memorial Day, I heard the stories about the War Between the States as my dad put flowers on his great granddad’s grave. The stories were not told with animosity. Just facts. But I developed my own prejudice against Southerners based on those facts.As time went on, I delved into study about the horrors of slavery and spent a great deal of time...
  • As Confederate monuments tumble, die-hards are erecting replacements

    07/25/2020 7:05:18 PM PDT · by Libloather · 19 replies
    The teardowns get all the attention, Walter “Donnie” Kennedy grumbles. Every time a local government votes to remove a century-old Confederate war monument, every time activists swing ropes around statues and yank them to the ground, “our enemies claim victory again,” said Kennedy, the chief of heritage operations for the Sons of Confederate Veterans. “We know America doesn’t agree with us - heck, they fought a war against us - but we’re going to tell our story.” Their membership might be dwindling, and their popular support seems to shrink by the day, but the guardians of America’s 700-plus Confederate monuments...
  • Everywhere Statues Are Torn Down By The Mob, History Promises People Are Next

    06/23/2020 6:16:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 49 replies
    The Federalist ^ | June 23, 2020 | Christopher Bedford
    he promise of bloodshed coming alongside or following shortly after is an historic certainty. The symbols of a people never satisfy: People themselves must always come next. WASHINGTON, DC — For millennia, King Mob has targeted societies’ icons with varied goals and to varied ends, and few things are more foreboding than his desecration of civic art. Just as the targets have ranged from rulers to clergy, from tyrants to helpless, and from the guilty to the innocent, the outcomes have ranged from victory to defeat depending on the society’s strength and will. The promise of bloodshed coming alongside or...
  • Here’s A List Of Every US Monument Ruined Since The Start Of The Protests

    07/22/2020 12:48:04 PM PDT · by Zenyatta · 30 replies
    LaCorte News ^ | 7/22/2020 | Damjan Tutarkov
    Since the beginning of the anti-racism, anti-police brutality protests in late May, at least 183 monuments and memorials have been vandalized, desecrated, or taken down, according to a new report by The Federalist. Statues and memorials have been continually targeted during the civil unrest triggered by George Floyd’s death on May 25. In most cases, the statues targeted commemorated historic figures including Founding Fathers George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, colonial and religious figures, explorers, and Confederate leaders.
  • Social Experiment: Is It Really All About Slavery

    07/14/2020 11:00:39 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 4 replies
    Ami Horowitz on Twitter ^ | 7/15/20 | Ami Horowitz
    Social Experiment: Is It Really All About Slavery — Ami Horowitz (@AmiHorowitz) July 8, 2020
  • Mayor of Richmond calls Confederate monuments 'the fake news of their time'

    07/13/2020 10:40:19 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 44 replies
    aol ^ | Jul 13th 2020 | KYLIE MAR
    On 60 Minutes, Anderson Cooper took a deep dive into the debate over the removal of Confederate monuments. Cooper sat down with Mayor Levar Stoney of Richmond, Virginia. "The monuments are just a symbol of the effort to ensure African Americans stayed, maybe not in physical bondage, but in bondage in political and economically in this country and in this city," said Stoney, who added, "Those who chose to erect those monuments, and the figures who are glorified in those monuments, they made some serious attempts to ensure that people who look like me would never hold any political office,...
  • A blank canvas, and an opportunity for reinvention: What should the new Monument Avenue (Richmond, VA) look like?

    07/07/2020 1:41:50 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 76 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | July 6, 2020 | Zach Joachim
    For a century, Monument Avenue has showcased some of the Confederacy’s most revered figures. Soon, there will be a blank canvas. Over the past week, the Richmond Times-Dispatch asked demonstrators, residents, artists and community leaders what they'd like to see on the new Monument Avenue. There were suggestions of new statues, honoring a more inclusive set of heroes. Others wanted a space for performance or reflection, while some felt the empty pedestals should stay as a historical testimony of their own. One point of agreement was that it must be a communitywide conversation. Through restrictive covenants, real estate companies long...
  • Yes Virginia, Those Spanish Monuments Must Be Defended as Well!

    07/07/2020 11:40:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies ^ | July 7, 2020 | José Nińo
    No monument is safe as America undergoes this Kulturkampf, and no statue should be taken for granted or considered less worthy of protection.  First it was Confederate monuments. Low-hanging fruit. For the iconoclastic Left, however, this was merely the appetizer. As of this writing, the main course is being served. The mob is clamoring to gobble up monuments dedicated to the likes of the Founding Fathers and Teddy Roosevelt. Even the abolitionist Matthias Baldwin was not spared from the leftist frenzy after vandals tagged the statue with paint and graffiti that read “colonizer” and “murderer.”It would be a mistake to believe that anti-monument saturnalia...
  • President Trump Lists Those to Be Included in American Heroes Garden

    07/05/2020 1:38:34 PM PDT · by ConservativeDude · 135 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 4, 2020 | Kyle Morris
    President Donald Trump addressed the nation on Saturday at the White House, where he announced the first round of historical figures to be included in the National Garden of American Heroes.
  • Trump’s push to amplify racism unnerves Republicans who have long enabled him (barf)

    07/05/2020 11:32:20 AM PDT · by where's_the_Outrage? · 56 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 4, 2020 | Robert Costa, Philip Rucker
    President Trump’s unyielding push to preserve Confederate symbols and the legacy of white domination, crystallized by his harsh denunciation of the racial justice movement Friday night at Mount Rushmore, has unnerved Republicans who have long enabled him but now fear losing power and forever associating their party with his racial animus. Although amplifying racism and stoking culture wars have been mainstays of Trump’s public identity for decades, they have been particularly pronounced this summer as the president has reacted to the national reckoning over systemic discrimination by seeking to weaponize the anger and resentment of some white Americans for his...
  • Executive Order on Building and Rebuilding Monuments to American Heroes

    07/04/2020 2:55:55 AM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    White House ^ | 7/03/20
    Executive Order on Building and Rebuilding Monuments to American Heroes Issued on: July 3, 2020 By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. Purpose. America owes its present greatness to its past sacrifices. Because the past is always at risk of being forgotten, monuments will always be needed to honor those who came before. Since the time of our founding, Americans have raised monuments to our greatest citizens. In 1784, the legislature of Virginia commissioned the earliest statue of George...
  • What Should Republicans Do?

    07/02/2020 12:40:40 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 2, 2020 | Ben Domenech
    The thirst among Republican voters isn't even for policy. It's for seeing the politicians they elected join the fray. I’ve been hammering away at conservatives and Republicans for failing to defend the symbols of national pride the woke leftist mob has been tearing at in recent weeks. Yesterday on the “Brian Kilmeade Show,” I admitted to letting my anger get the best of me a bit. Brian said I was speaking not as a publisher but as an American — and that’s fair. But part of my frustration is that this is such an obvious challenge that anti-American leftists and...
  • Nihilism and Attacks on Monuments-The signal of a turn toward totalitarianism

    07/02/2020 7:59:39 AM PDT · by SJackson · 12 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | Jul 1, 2020 | John Radzilowski
    Violent mobs across America and Western Europe now destroy and vandalize statues, monuments, war memorials, churches, and public buildings on an almost daily basis. Following the death of George Floyd at the hands of rogue Minneapolis police officers a wave of protests and riots broke out across the country. Looting of stores and restaurants soon gave way to more purposeful attacks on statues and other public structures organized by Black Lives Matters (BLM) and Antifa. Ostensibly treated as a response to “institutionalized racism” it has been explained in much of our official media as merely a way to remove...
  • Video: An Autistic Man Attacked By BLM As He Tries To Protect A Confederate Statue – ONLY One Man Stood Up To Protect Him

    07/02/2020 4:52:26 AM PDT · by USA Conservative · 20 replies
    Conservative US ^ | 07.02.2020 | Alex Hall
    A Virginia General Assembly law change, which goes into effect July 1, lays out the process for any locality to take down war memorials and monuments. That law also leaves a 60-day waiting period before anything can come down. Work crews wielding a giant crane, harnesses and power tools wrested an imposing statue of Gen. Stonewall Jackson from its concrete pedestal along Richmond’s famed Monument Avenue on Wednesday, just hours after the mayor ordered the removal of all Confederate statues from city land. The Jackson statue is the latest of several dozen Confederate symbols to be removed from public land...
  • Joe Biden: Government must protect monuments to Washington, Jefferson, Columbus

    06/30/2020 2:09:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/30/2020 | Jonathan Easley
    Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden on Tuesday said the federal government has a responsibility to protect statues and monuments of historical figures like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Christopher Columbus. Speaking at a press conference in Wilmington, Del., the former vice president defended monuments dedicated to past presidents who owned slaves. Biden made the case that those public statues should be preserved, while monuments to Confederate leaders should be removed peacefully by local officials. “The idea of comparing whether or not George Washington owned slaves or Thomas Jefferson owned slaves, and somebody who was in rebellion committing treason trying to...
  • Black Community Elders Shutdown And Shame Anti-Statue Protest

    06/29/2020 10:00:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 06/29/2020 | Christopher Bedford
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Blazing sun and high humidity met hundreds of protesters, counter-protesters, neighborhood residents, police officers, and reporters Friday evening at Capitol Hill’s Lincoln Park. The protest, planned Tuesday, hoped to tear the monument of Abraham Lincoln with one hand on the Emancipation Proclamation freeing a slave, modeled by freedman Archer Alexander. It was paid for by local black residents and black Union veterans and dedicated by Frederick Douglass.(Protesters, neighbors, reporters, undercover cops and private security gather)After a Tuesday rally promised to return to tear the statue down on Thursday, Park Police surrounded the monument with fencing re-enforced...
  • Trump To Local, State Gov’ts: Either Protect Federal Monuments Or Lose Federal Funding

    06/27/2020 6:09:27 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/27/2020 | Ed Morrissey
    Consider this a copy of Donald Trump’s Tuesday tweet in EO form. Remember this? …..This action is taken effective immediately, but may also be used retroactively for destruction or vandalism already caused. There will be no exceptions!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 23, 2020 Late yesterday, Trump formalized it into an executive order, but added a new provision. Local and state governments that don’t act to protect federal monuments can expect to kiss some of their federal grant money goodbye — at least to the extent Trump controls those pursestrings: President Donald Trump on Friday ordered the Justice Department...