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America shouldn't be in the business of preserving Confederate statues

Wednesday , September 13, 2017 - 7:00 AM

With the recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, I have had cause to ponder the way bigots act today versus the clarity we had back in the 60's. Liberals use the term "dog whistle," which refers not to a whistle only dogs can hear but rather to code racists use when they try to express themselves without coming right out and saying what they mean. For instance, a car driven by a neo-Nazi drives into a crowd of counterprotesters and kills a woman. Our president said, "There is blame on many sides.” No, the only blame is on the alt-right. That is a dog whistle.

A columnist for the Standard-Examiner wrote a column about how the British preserved some of the damage caused by the Nazis during the Blitzkrieg of World War II. This was lest they forget. D. Louise Brown suggested that we should leave the statues of Southerners who fought for the Confederacy to preserve our collective history (“America shouldn't be in the business of taking down statues,” Aug. 31). We don't need a statue of Jefferson Davis, who was a traitor not unlike Benedict Arnold, and you don't see statutes of him!

Oh! Now I get it. We’re not removing celebrations of people who advocated enslaving and terrorizing our black brothers and sisters. We’re erasing history.

In England’s case, the perpetrators of harm were from a foreign land. In the case of the Confederate statues, the heirs of the perpetrators are right here and would subjugate another race again if they could.

We don't need these statutes to remind us it is not nice to enslave, sell, buy, torture, and subjugate another race of human beings.

The funny thing about a dog whistle is, you know it when you hear it.

Scott Riddle


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