21 December 2011

Extremists Defacing History


There have been several incidents of vandalism of Confederate monuments here in Virginia in recent months. Predictably, some of the comments on various WBTS blogs have applauded these cowardly, criminal acts. Those defacing public monuments are, in my opinion, intolerant extremists. I can't help but be reminded of what the Taliban did to the ancient Buddhist sculptures in Afghanistan. To be consistent, those who favor this kind of base, uncivilized conduct would have no problem with others doing the same thing to a statue of Lincoln or FDR, or placing their own "interpretative plaques" in order to make a political statement. If the monuments of Lee and other Confederate heroes should be "moved to a museum" (how utterly stupid), then the exact same argument could be made for ALL monuments to ALL our Founding Fathers. Hmmm . . . now just where are we going to put the Washington monument? What about any future monuments to President Obama? Will it be acceptable for his political opponents to paint "Marxist" on some future monument?

This whole debate reveals an attitude most commonly found in juvenile delinquents. Vandalism is a tool of cowards and poorly trained children. Grow up.

13 comments:

Brock Townsend said...

Where is the monument in the picture located and when did it transpire?

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Brock - I believe that is one of the monuments on Monument Ave. in Richmond and I think it was vandalized by some petty criminal earlier this year.

Brock Townsend said...

Thanks, I didn't recognize it as one in the recent incidence.

15th Georgia said...

The same thing happened to the Confederate monument in front of the Alabama state capital in Montgomery a couple of years ago. Really sad. Remember what Pat Cleburne said would happen if the Confederacy did not win the war? Everything that he said has came to past. They have certainly won the propaganda war and the Confederacy and it's defenders are being denounced as traitors and even in some cases nazi-like. The really sad thing is this has been accomplished through the public education system here in our state. Young children are being taught that the Confederates were the "bad guys". Sadly their goal has been accomplished, this has been engrained into the minds of the general public here in the south. It's sad that so many people rely on textbooks written by strangers and the word of their history techers, who in alot of cases have very little knowledge about the war, as the absolute authority and truth. They are either too lazy, too busy or just don't care what their children are being taught.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

15G - thanks for the comment. Frankly, I don't trust the state to teach children anything that's not, in some way, politically motivated. Our government schools have been thoroughly politicized.

Douglas Hill said...

That's the Jeff Davis monument on the Avenue. I walked past the Jackson monument and then the Lee monument in Charlottesville a couple of days before the "tagging" of the latter, fearing for the both of them. I guess we shouldn't be surprised by such actions in these modern times, but it is hard not to take them personally, for me anyway.

Incidentally the Jackson monument, sculpted in 1921 by Charles Keck, is considered to be one of the three best equestrian statues in the world. Be careful who you share that with.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

"considered to be one of the three best equestrian statues in the world"

I wasn't aware of that Doug. Thanks.

Douglas Hill said...

I was told that once during a tour, and visitcharlottesville.org still claims it. I don't know who made that determination, but as beauty is in the eyes of the beholder I've no reason to dispute it.

A very merry and meaning-filled Christmas to you and yours, Rick, and the same to all of your readers.

Thomas said...

I got your Obama Monument right here...I find it altogether fitting and proper that we should remember his deeds of restraining Liberty, denying Opportunity, destroying Prosperity, and leaving us only with Hope for 2012.

https://www.americanchia.com/?rtag=chiaobama&

Brock Townsend said...

Douglas:

Your names rings a bell. I'm thinking of a Doug that goes to the SDYC (Sam Davis Youth Camp) each year.??

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Thanks Doug - Same to you my friend!

Douglas Hill said...

Brock,

I'm not the guy you're thinking of, but wish I had been!

Brock Townsend said...

I wish I was his age!:) This is my daughter Dixie's sixth year coming up and his 7th or 8th. It's a great camp and we should encourage all to go. Many SCV camps sponsor campers @ $495. 7 hours of Southern history a day as well as usual camp activities.