Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
Something has been happening recently that has been breaking my heart. Ignorant people who I feel are well intentioned are taking it up on themselves to cleanse our history so as not to offend people. They forget the fact they offend the people who want to keep memorials to a long ago civil war where our families fought! It's not white supremacy I'm supporting, I hate them! Goes against everything I believe in. But the left is NOT without blame either! Taking upon theirselves to destroy monuments is what is causing the powder keg that the KKK is using to blow the country up! The white supremacist camp should have died out and in fact it almost did, till recently Black Lives Matter had the unintended result of breathing life into them again! They are full of hate and bitterness and rubbing the results of the civil war in their face is just away to add more. Just let it go and they will disappear eventually.
My family literally was brother against brother! In Maryland the battle of Antietam 5 of my great grand uncles died in the cornfield. They went to war because they were told to! It was not slavery even though I had some who owned slaves. I also had some who were slaves! In same battle I had cousins from Illinois fighting against their own cousins! It was not about States rights, it was because their new country asked them to defend their families! Both sides did the same!
After the war the federal government let the confederacy keep their pride, horses and rifles to live. No recriminations were made no one was charged for treason because no treason happened. The CSA became USA after was over! The confederate states believed if you voluntarily join you can leave! They didn't like the US they saw trying to unfairly tax and bullying them around. Like today the country I see I am ashamed of. Brother is fighting brother because of beliefs and they think if they remove the memories of the war then everything is hunky dory!
These monuments were put up on both sides to honor the leadership and men both black and white who died in those 4 years. These monuments say we will not forget my great grand fathers families who like my GGGrandady was captured in Vicksburg and survived the war. Or my GG uncle who died in Richmond!
All those who are so full of hate I ask WHY? What did they do to you? None of us alive were either slave holders or slaves so if the memorial bothers you then don't see it! You complain about the hate and fear and how your ancestors were treated .Well my family were Cherokee and they lost everything! The trail of tears was at least as bad if not worse than you complain about. Thousands dead and forcefully relocated and wars fought against them. But I don't see demands to rip down monuments to Custer or Grant and Sherman who fought there! How about Andrew Jackson and his monuments? When do we stop?
If you take down one sides memorials, then it's open season on yours! What's next burning the writings you hate? ISIS does this not America!These are not just statues they are history that you can not wipe away not without severe repercussions! So if you want civil war again for stupidity then go ahead keep insulting your brothers and sisters from the south. Keep calling them traitor and putting your boots on their neck then reconcile with
"With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan—to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves, and with all nations." A. Lincoln
With malice to none please remember this and stop this insanity before it's too late!
Bishop Jackson V Plant
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