If you truly care about history, then you’d be promoting the true history of people like Lee, who were hardly saints and not even quite the great generals they have been portrayed as. “Lee’s idolaters strained after the war to shift the blame, but the consensus today is that Lee managed the battle badly. Each supposed major blunder of his subordinates — Ewell’s failure to take the high ground of Cemetery Hill on July 1, Stuart’s getting out of touch and leaving Lee unapprised of what force he was facing, and the lateness of Longstreet’s attack on the second day — either wasn’t a blunder at all (if Longstreet had attacked earlier he would have encountered an even stronger Union position) or was caused by a lack of forcefulness and specificity in Lee’s orders.” https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/making-sense-of-robert-e-lee-85017563

You’d also care about the history of when and why most of those “historical” statues were erected. They should go in a museum, but are inappropriate on places like courthouse steps, because they were erected there for the sole purpose of bullying people of color. If racist speeches were made by White supremacist organizations who paid for the statues, 30–60 years after the end of the Civil War, that pretty much speaks to intent. I can not imagine why anyone would need more! Continuing to literally whitewash what the Confederacy stood for is ahistorical. The Germans dealt with their ugly history. Why can’t we? There is no other country in the world where statues of the heroes of a failed treasonous uprising would be expected to be able to stand.

We can’t have Christmas celebrations in schools, or Christmas decorations in public because a few atheists are offended. That’s pretty offensive to me.” The constitution of this country explicitly calls for the separation of church and state and plenty of people besides atheists don’t celebrate Christmas. This country was also explicitly not formed as a Christian nation (no matter what some people have claimed later on). This is more actual history — rather than the revisionist kind that you seem to be promoting. Forcing people of other religions (or no religion) to celebrate (and use their tax money towards) a holiday that they may not personally care about is just the kind of chauvenistic tone-deafness that really needs to stop.

There are already racists saying they find statues of MLK offensive and they want them taken down. If we take down civil war statues because black people are offended, you will have a tough time defending MLK statues.” That’s a completely specious argument, and you know it. All reasonable people can easily determine the difference between these two. C’mon……..

Dispelling cultural myths with research-driven stories. My favorite word is “specious.” Not fragile like a flower; fragile like a bomb! Twitter @ElleBeau

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