Ignorance is a terrible thing. It is also inexcusable. Now we have protesters destroying the “Silent Sam” statue on the campus of UNC.. I hope they are content now. Destroying a piece of history is so rewarding. For those who don’t know, “Silent Sam” was a statue of a Confederate Soldier erected many years ago before Black Lives Matter existed. But fair is fair. The fact is we had a Civil War in this country – but it wasn’t one sided. The North took part in it also. If we are going to destroy our southern history we need to remove those northern symbols of that war that “offend” me as a southerner.
First we must remove Ulysses Grant from the $50 bill because he was the leading general for the north. Then we must destroy the Lincoln memorial in D.C. because it was Lincoln who provoked the war. The south had a right, as provided by the Constitution, to withdraw from the Union. Lincoln didn’t like that idea. Another fact is that slavery was secondary to Lincoln’s purposes. The Emancipation Proclamation freeing the slaves wasn’t made until TWO YEARS into the Civil War. So since Lincoln offends me, he must be removed from the five dollar bill also. I’ll think of some other northern symbols that must be removed, but I’ve just gotten into this revising history game, so give me time.
As a white person and therefore an automatic racist I will make an observation. I wonder if Black Lives Matter ever watches the ^6PM news on any TV station? Ninety percent of the stories are blacks killing blacks, blacks invading homes, blacks committing robberies and, in a recent story a black (out on parole, with an extensive criminal record) who just stopped his car and killed a white man who was calmly waiting with his friends for a taxi. Most of the infant deaths in this nation are the result of young black girls having abortions. The majority of black families have no father or multiple fathers.
I know it is not good to generalize but just from the news it seems that the black race has done very little to improve itself since the Civil War. There are exceptions. I have black neighbors who are very wealthy and one who is a hero of the Vietnam War. They are not out tearing down Confederate statues; they are too busy making money the honest way, by hard work, for any of that nonsense.
It is ironic that “Silent Sam” was toppled by ignorant people in North Carolina. That state had few if any plantations in the 1800s, yet it contributed more soldiers to the Confederate Army than any other southern state. There is the story of the NC Confederate soldier who was captured by Union Forces. They asked him why he was fighting. And his answer was, “Because you are here.” And that is the real reason for the Civil War. I’m glad I’m not a father footing the bill for those UNC protesters because he is certainly wasting his money. They haven’t learned any history at all.