Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Confederate Heritage

  • Slavery
  • Treachery against one's country
  • Losing

In other words:

Great heritage you got there. What part of that heritage are you a fan of, exactly?

Robert E. Lee wasn't a war hero. He was a traitor and a loser. He was a great strategist, but war hero that does not make.

Also, did you know that Robert E. Lee would have told you to take those confederate monuments and flags and shove them?

Lee did not want such divisive symbols following him to the grave. At his funeral in 1870, flags were notably absent from the procession. Former Confederate soldiers marching did not don their old military uniforms, and neither did the body they buried. “His Confederate uniform would have been ‘treason’ perhaps!” Lee’s daughter wrote. 
So sensitive was Lee during his final years with extinguishing the fiery passions of the Civil War that he opposed erecting monuments on the battlefields where the Southern soldiers under his command had fought against the Union. “I think it wiser moreover not to keep open the sores of war, but to follow the examples of those nations who endeavoured to obliterate the marks of civil strife and to commit to oblivion the feelings it engendered,” he wrote.

Give up your fucking monuments if you love Robert so much. Stop being so divisive by clinging to the past. Or can you just not give up your hatred of black people?

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