Civil War Statues and Heroes

Wed, 2017/08/16 - 1:23pm | Your editor
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Forty years ago today Elvis Presley died at age 42. You may mourn him however you wish, unless you are one of those who think he is still alive. I am totally neutral about which side of this pseudo-controversy is right.

But I am not agnostic about President Trump's continued attempt to link rhetorical excesses by some wanting to remove the Charlottesville memorial to Robert E. Lee to the Nazism, racism, and murder from the right-wing demonstrators. Lee, who did not own slaves, would disown these supposed supporters of the gallant South.

Jefferson, who founded the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, owned slaves. He practiced miscegenation with 'Dusky' Sally Hemings, a violation of Ku Kluxer rules.

This country has better things to worry about than statues, including the gold-plated equestrian one to a general on Fifth Avenue here in NYC about 5 blocks north of Trump Tower and visible from some of the apartments in the former Plaza Hotel. (The magnate put its name on a newer 'fake' building after his former wife Ivana sold the real Plaza as apartments.)

The gilded statue is of William Tecumseh Sherman, who 'won' the Civil War for the north, by extreme destruction on his 'March to the Sea'. I put in the quotation marks over his exploits because Sherman famously said later: “War is hell!”, referring to civil war.

Our President needs to abandon his fascist, Blackshirt, Gauleiter, Hitler Jugend, and other Alt-right supporters. The South had to defend slavery on which its economy depended. It and and Lee took the wrong side. But they were honorable when compared to Sherman, Bannon, or Trump.

UnAmerican Nazis are not the Confederacy's noble heirs. Some of Sally Hemings' offspring are Jefferson's only living descendants.


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