Aug 17 2017 8:05 am – Kevin Yaworski – Proud Canadian and Global Citizen
Last updated Aug 18 2017 8:55 AM
This is a important question especially these days in the US and elsewhere in the wake of violence in Charlottesville so I feel it warrants a detailed post.
Some have posted that it is unlawful to destroy confederate soildier statues as they are recognised veterans.
I agree with supporting veterans who served their countries to defend freedom and democracy and protect those that can’t defend themselves. I also agree in enforcing Just laws when it is reasonable to do so and resisting, amending or abolishing when they are Unjust.
To put this into context here is what I believe are facts but see the references in the links to decide:
“The US Civil War was fought from 1861 to 1865. The result of a long-standing controversy over slavery and states’ rights, war broke out in April 1861, when Confederates attacked Fort Sumter in South Carolina, shortly after Abraham Lincoln was elected. The nationalists of the Union proclaimed loyalty to the U.S. Constitution. They faced secessionists of the Confederate States of America advocating states’ rights to perpetual slavery and its expansion in the America.” “– although Lincoln received less than forty percent of the popular vote in the 1860 US election, he received absolute majorities in states that combined for a majority of the electoral votes.
This election marked the end of the South’s political dominance over the nation. Between 1789 and 1860, Southerners had been President for two-thirds during the era, …”
Many support the values of Lincoln in this regard as they have posted some of his related quotes. I agree some US confederacy soldiers were being forced to fight a cause they didn’t believe in but many fled and supported the nationalists. Some had family to support and could not do this so were forced to fight. I assume the above US Senate passed laws from 1929 and 58 were to recognise these veterans.
The issue with the US confederate symbols and statues is they represent to many (including more than just the far left) slavery and loss of civil, political and human rights.
Slavery was lawful in the USA until the end of their civil war in 1865 when it was abolished by their Senate. What is important to ask is does the symbol represent slavery and the States rights to expand it or did the person in the statue see slavery as a Just law before it was abolished and if they fought to uphold it during the civil war. From what I have read many did and this was not the values of the majority after the Civil war or now.
I think the history of these symbols including photos of these statues belong in museums and they should not be out in regular public view in public spaces. It appears I am maybe with the majority based of information here:
Since posting links to this post on Facebook and getting comments from my friends it shows I am biased and should really refrase the post as many are concerned removing these statues may lead to erasing history and generations not learning from it.
There is also a letter to the editor in the article linked below about this risk that is very convincing. From the other letters about this it appears there is plenty on both sides including a good point that Germany doesn’t have any statues of Adolf Hitler yet he is still well known there. Many may say this not a fair comparison but try telling that to the many whoes relatives or ancestors were killed or abused during the slave trade, fighting for equal rights or related apartheid.
Some of the letters about other topics interesting.
In response to comment “But they still educate people about Hitler”. Yes they do and I assume the liberal dominated higher education institutions in the US will not stop teaching about the confederates and the resulting civil war. I would hope it being taught in the public schools but it wouldn’t surprise me if in at least some parts of the south and elsewhere it not or it one sided.
Thanks to my friends for helping me see I have also been biased even in the title of my blog post. I have added this other side of the story to it, this addition link plus renamed it from:
Do US confederate symbols and statues represent modern values?
Reinforcement of the keep but add context camp:
Letter to Winnipeg Sun – Sept 5 2017
It’s true Canada had some flawed nation builders and it’s something that shouldn’t be denied.
If Sir John A. doesn’t get a passing grade where does this stop? All politicians, before women got the right to vote, were sexist. All politicians, before first nations got the right to vote, were racist. All politicians, before homosexuals got equal rights, were homophobic.
That doesn’t leave very many public figures left to celebrate. Expecting historical figures to meet modern standards is unrealistic and foolish