Just who gets to call the shots on which of our United States history lessons become hidden away, and what we are allowed to keep out in the open? Does putting flags into a dark closet, does tearing down monuments and desecrating graves answer the demand to have better equality between Americans?
Stupid questions all. Yet here we are at this pass. Taking down the Confederate flag from the few places where it should be flying, and digging up a man deceased for over a century … all in a profoundly exaggerated endeavor to avoid having sensibilities stirred. That’s right – lets hide history, lets dig up a dead man and his wife, lets remove flags that flew over some of our darkest days as a nation, lets pretend that these things have no place in our modern society.
Because they make some people have hurt feelings.
Denounce and deny your heritage Americans. Come away from those places that make you feel wonder. Put down those symbols which stir up some connection to your ancestors. Turn from your past. Turn, and walk away from the anguish and passion, the desire and the necessity, the promise and privation, and all the infinite events that led to those symbols and to all those dead men. Are we better now?
Will pulling the Confederate flag down from the battlefields it has a legitimate duty to wave above change our attitude towards each other? That flag is bound to those places, as surely as the blood and bones that bonded to the battlefield soil. Taking it from our hands and hiding it from our sight will not ever right any wrong, will not ever soften that history. Our history.
On April 12, 1861, the Confederate army fired artillery at the federal military installation, which is located in Charleston Harbor, in the first armed conflict of the Civil War. Union forces surrendered 34 hours later, and for four years, the fort remained in Confederate hands. The National Park Service is now in control.
- Meanwhile, it is now being reported the state legislature has the votes necessary in South Carolina to have the Statehouse Confederate flag removed
CHARLESTON, S.C. — The historic site where the first shots of the Civil War were fired is no longer flying versions of the Confederate flag above it.
The U.S. National Park Service ordered all flags except the U.S. flag to be taken down at the Fort Sumter National Monument in Charleston Harbor.
The park service also took down the South Carolina state flag.
Read more: wcnc.
Health Sciences Park was called Forrest Park — in honor of General Nathan Bedford Forrest — until February 2013 when the City Council voted to *change the name* along with the names of two other parks, the Herald reports.
“I’m not trying to change history, history is what it is, but in 2015, this day and age is much different than it was 100 years ago.” ~ Memphis Mayor Wharton Jr. (Mayor Wharton Jr. is a Democrat, a gun grabber, and a global warming activist type.)
Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. has called for the removal of the grave and memorial of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest from a city park.
“These relics, these messages of this despicable period of this great nation, it’s time for those to be moved,” Wharton said in a press conference Thursday.
Forrest is believed to have been the first Grand Dragon of the KKK and Wharton said the man’s memorial is no ordinary monument, according to WMCA.Read more:DailyMail
Workers at Antietam National Battlefield took Confederate flags, T-shirts and magnets off gift shop shelves Thursday as the National Park Service announced plans to stop selling some items with the increasingly controversial symbol.
Park service officials said they would stop “stand-alone depictions” of the familiar battle flag, which has 13 white stars on a blue “X” over a red field. They said educational items such as books, exhibits, and media showing re-enactments and interpretive programs may use images of the battle flag “in its historical context” as long as they cannot be “physically detached.”“We strive to tell the complete story of America,” National Park Service director Jonathan B. Jarvis said in a statement. “All sales items in parks are evaluated based on educational value and their connection to the park. Any stand-alone depictions of Confederate flags have no place in park stores.”
Read more: VA Gazette
Historic Gettysburg seminary bans Confederate flags
Administration rewrites its policy to stop using symbols of hate speech and racism
Read more: Evening Sun
At Gettysburg the Confederate flags are no longer for sale in the Visitors Centers, or anywhere that is touched by the National Park Service.
Your history is being erased, courtesy of the National Park Service, at the behest of whom? Just Democrats? The White House? Rouge Director at the Park Service? These things, events, and places that unite us in our shared history are being taken. Good or bad, we all share them in common, destroy our links – and what will be the end result?