The move to purge all reminders of the Confederacy keeps rolling along like a tumbleweed. After all, any tribute to heroes of the Confederacy and slave owners is a painful reminder to blacks of white supremacy.
Last month, Austin’s Equity Office recommended renaming 10 city streets as well as renaming Pease Park, the Bouldin Creek neighborhood and Barton Springs because they honor heroes of the Confederacy.
But the Equity Office didn’t stop there. It also suggested the city be renamed because Stephen F. Austin was a slave owner who opposed Mexico’s abolishment of slavery.
This nonsense actually isn’t all that bad of an idea. Because the city is ruled by the extreme left, poor old Stephen must be turning over and over in his grave.
The City of Austin is just like the City of Berkeley in California. Both cities are home to their state’s largest university. The radical left-wing crap disseminated by university professors has, like in Berkeley, long permeated Austin’s politics. Thus, renaming the city ‘Berkeley’ would seem to be a most fitting name.
In 2016, seven Houston schools named after people with ties to the Confederacy were renamed at a cost of 1.2 million taxpayer dollars. Now, will someone suggest renaming the City of Houston? After all, Sam Houston was a slave owner too.
There must be hundreds of towns and streets named after Confederate heroes in the southern part of the United States. And although statues honoring Confederate heroes have been removed in New Orleans and other southern cities – four were removed at the University of Texas – many of these symbols of white supremacy remain to be purged.
How about renaming the State of Washington and the nation’s capital, and removing the Washington Monument? The father of our country owned lots of slaves. That makes the Washington Monument this country’s biggest symbol of white supremacy.
There must be several hundred thousand African-Americans with the last name “Washington”. Can you imagine the pain suffered 24/7 by these poor souls knowing they are named after a slave owner. And then there is the pain and suffering caused to a black person when he is introduced to a black person bearing the name Washington. By all means, let’s get to work and have them go to court for a name change.
Seriously though, the demand for the removal of statues and the renaming of streets, parks and schools is led not by blacks, but by the far-left white intelligentsia with their guilt feelings over what their ancestors did to blacks.
You can bet that 90 percent of blacks in New Orleans were not the least bit concerned about the statues of Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis or P.G.T. Beauregard that were removed under the cover of night. To them the statues were merely large shit-splattered pigeon roosts. And most of them probably didn’t even know who Lee, Davis and Beauregard were.
And you can bet that 99 percent of blacks in Austin do not have any idea of who Col. James Bouldin, William Barton and Elisha M. Pease were. So how can these slave owners be painful reminders of white supremacy. I’ll bet 99 percent of whites don’t even know who they were.
The move to purge all reminders of slavery, Confederate heroes and white supremacy knows no bounds. Boston’s Faneuil Hall, known as the Cradle of Liberty, has served as a home for civic rhetoric since the time of the colonists. There is now a demand that the name of that historic building be changed because Peter Faneuil was a slave owner. How many people, black or white, knew that? How many blacks were painfully reminded of white supremacy by the name of that building? The answer to both questions is probably close to none.
And here is something else for the slave owner abolitionists to think about. 41 of the 56 delegates who signed the Declaration of Independence were slave owners, among them John Hancock, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson. Just think of all the towns, streets, parks and schools named in honor of these 41 slave owners. Lots of town, street, park and school names to be changed there.
Of course, in order to satisfy the white intelligentsia’s quest to erase all reminders of white supremacy, the Jefferson Memorial in the nation’s capital will have to be destroyed and blacks named after that slave owner will have to change their names. The Benjamin Franklin National Memorial, which sits in the rotunda of The Franklin Institute science museum in Philadelphia, will have to be removed and the name of the museum will have to be changed. The ’Obama Institute’ would be nice.
Fear not all you guilt-ridden white intelligentsia who are determined to revise history, the South will not rise again. So stop trying to get blacks all exercised over an issue that is a non-issue to most of them.