Either way, Lee himself didn't want monuments to the Confederacy.And they changed it to name it after George Washington., connection or not.
And I'd like to expand on that.....I'd like to expand on that. I believe it's a lot more sinister that that. If you can control speech, you can eventually control thought. And THAT'S the end goal.
Agree, most people don't seem to realize that many of these statues and school names were implemented relatively recently and for no other reason than to remind Blacks of the past, try to "keep them in their place" through fear, make racist ideas seem normal, etc. I don't think that all public references should go, but I won't shed a tear over a public school being renamed, especially one that was only named after Robert E Lee in the 1960s. If there's a real historical connection, then I'm fine for keeping it, but for instance a school in the middle of Washington state? That's ridiculous.A lot of the naming of buildings and erecting of statues was a direct result of the civil rights movement. Awful lot of Confederate statues went up in the 1950's and 60's. That doesn't seem coincidental to me. So I'm not shedding any tears for poor old Robert E Lee as his name gets removed from another school. You start removing him from text books and I'll probably be pissed, but I'm perfectly fine with not continuing to celebrate his name.
I can see both sides. If I were a great, great, great grandson of a slave...I'd be pissed off if my state built monuments to the people that enslaved my family. As the great, great, great grandson of Union soldiers, I have no love for the heroes of the Confederacy.
I also don't like the idea of trying to erase history, if that's what's being done. The war is over...the South lost...slavery was killed, along with somewhere between 620,000 and 800,000 soldiers from both sides.
Except it doesn't stop there. Jefferson and Washington were slave owners. Now we should negate the whole country as well? It's coming!Those names should be removed, but it should have nothing to do with race, PC culture, offending people, or the NAACP. It's because those people were leaders on the losing side of a war to form an unrecognized republic and have the Southern states secede from the country. They lost. They were traitors. Period. Are there schools named after Benedict Arnold?
the big peak just prior to ww1 lines up really nice with the civil war vets hitting their 60's & 70's. Old men reliving their glory days. Guys finally coming into some money, some political power; they start putting up monuments and naming buildings after their rose-colored memories.It's almost like that matches up exactly with Jim Crow segregation timeframes, with a later spike for the civil rights movement. But I'm sure that's just coincidence since we are just honoring the heroes of the Mexican-American war.
They didn't see themselves as traitors. They saw themselves as following the grand tradition of the original founders. They believed that they had the right to secede from the union, that the union was a voluntary entity and that since they believed their rights were being trampled by an overbearing central gov't...that they had a natural right to leave the union. Basically following what the Declaration of Independence proclaimed.Those names should be removed, but it should have nothing to do with race, PC culture, offending people, or the NAACP. It's because those people were leaders on the losing side of a war to form an unrecognized republic and have the Southern states secede from the country. They lost. They were traitors. Period. Are there schools named after Benedict Arnold?