In a nod to the growing chorus of voices denouncing slavery and racism, President Obama signed an Executive Order yesterday directing the D.C. Parks Commission to begin immediate destruction and removal of the Jefferson Memorial. “Many feel the Memorial glorifies slave ownership and prevents us as a Nation from moving past our inglorious past.” the President said adding it stands for values Americans no longer respect or condone.
In conjunction with this move, government officials are taking an inventory of anything on Government property that signifies acquiescence to racism-both blatant and subtle. Many statues in southern states will be similarly slated for destruction or removal if they reside on federal property. Failing that, state and municipal governments will be coerced into removing them under threats of reduced federal spending.
Memphis, Tennessee mayor A.C. Wharton and his city council made the first overture and voted to remove a statue of General Nathan Bedford Forrest who epitomizes racism via his participation in the Ku Klux Klan. Not satisfied with that, they also propose digging him and his wife up and moving them out of the town square. Where they will end up is anyone’s guess.
The Very Reverends Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson were on hand for the signing ceremony yesterday in the Rose Garden and wholeheartedly endorsed the President’s decision. Many feel these actions are long overdue and the removal will only strengthen ties between African Americans and white folks. We applaud the removal of the Confederate Battle flag from the Statehouse grounds in Columbia, South Carolina on Friday. It’s removal across the south and any last vestiges of the Confederacy are expected to completely eliminate racism as we now know it according to the President.
Amid rumors that Mississippi will be excommunicated from the United States soon over their continued use of this contentious symbol of racism, state legislators there are hurriedly making plans to convene and choose a new flag. Several selections have been vetted and the unanimous choice appears to be one that everyone can identify with…
P.S. This post is meant as humor. No one here at asknod is racist or believes for a minute that what is afoot across the south is uncalled for. The Confederacy was a statement about states’ rights versus federal rights. That disagreement has been settled and it’s time to move on. As for contentious flags or statues, we find these talismans and touchstones to be innocuous at best and an argument looking for a place to happen in their worst context. It is sad to see Americans at odds with one another over something that no longer exists. My son best exemplified this as “Cry me a river, build me a bridge and let’s get over it.” If the removal of the flag would save one life, it would be worth it. As for tearing down statues and monuments, I don’t see the correlation. I guess I personally would sum it up as a futile gesture to appease the political correctness that infects society these days. However, it does seem to be all the rage. My concern is that some day it will be unlawful to have it (a Confederate flag decal) in your rear window. For the record, I don’t nor do I even own one. And that’s all I’m going to say about that.