American history is being revised at the behest of Black Lives Matter and white uber-liberals
Heinrich Himmler, the power behind Adolf Hitler, was the architect of the Holocaust and his SS troops carried out the murder of six million Jews. The way statues and other memorials of Robert E. Lee and other Confederate heroes are being treated now would have us believe they were the Nazis of the 1860s.
It is true that Lee was a slave holder who believed that “negroes” were inferior to whites. Shame on him for that. But Lee was also a Confederate war hero who served the South, his homeland, with distinction and honor. Prior to the Civil War, Lee served the United States likewise. For a time, Lee served as second-in-command of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment in Texas.
Lee’s outstanding career aside, he and other Confederate heroes have been made pariahs by Black Lives Matter and uber-liberal college-type whites who are demanding that all vestiges of the Confederacy be removed from public sight. According to these historical revisionists, all statues and other memorials honoring Civil War heroes are offensive to blacks and a painful reminder of white supremacy.
Confederate statues are being removed and the names of parks and buildings are being changed throughout the South. In New York, busts of Lee and Stonewall Jackson have been removed from the City University of New York’s Hall of Fame for Great Americans because, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, “New York stands against racism. There are many great Americans, many of them New Yorkers worthy of a spot in this great hall. These two Confederates are not among them.”
Here in Texas, statues of Lee have been removed in Austin and Dallas. In Houston, the school district changed the names of seven schools named after Confederate notables that 90 percent of whites and 99 percent of blacks probably had no idea of who they were.
Dallas is the latest city to erase part of our history. On Thursday the city removed a 14-foot-tall, 6-ton statue depicting Lee on horseback flanked by an anonymous Confederate soldier from Lee Park and dumped it in an abandoned naval air station on the outskirts of the city. Shame, shame on Dallas for caving in to Black Lives Matter!
In Houston rabble rousers have demanded the removal of a Confederate statue in the city’s Sam Houston Park. The Spirit of the Confederacy statue was dedicated there in 1908 by the Daughters of the Confederacy. In Huntsville they’ve demanded the removal of Sam Houston’s statue because he was a slave holder.
George Hermann, Houston’s great philanthropist, was a Confederate war hero. Will the uber-liberals demand that Hermann’s statue be removed and that Hermann P ark and Hermann Hospital, the hospital he funded, be renamed?
The Civil War was part of our history. The Confederacy was part of our history. While the South seceded from the Union in order to uphold slavery, the Confederate soldiers fought for what was then their country. And they were not Heinrich Himmler’s SS troops. Unlike those SS troops, the Southern boys who went to war did not commit atrocities.
Texas was part of the Confederacy, so it would be natural for the state to have a statue of Lee and other Confederate heroes. I cannot envision that Confederate statues and other memorials would be a painful reminder of white supremacy to the average African-American. The demands remove all reminders of the Confederacy has been driven more by white-guilt liberals than by blacks.
While Dallas has acted shamefully, Houston does not have to cave in to Black Lives Matter. History matters too! Mayor Sylvester Turner should let the Spirit of the Confederacy statue remain in Sam Houston Park.