LETTER: No greater ‘hate crime’ than eliminating rights of Southerners

Posted 11/8/19

to the editor:

When U.S. law covering hate crimes was voted into existence, surely there was a list explaining the actions that were considered a hate crime. It is my personal opinion that there …

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LETTER: No greater ‘hate crime’ than eliminating rights of Southerners

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to the editor:

When U.S. law covering hate crimes was voted into existence, surely there was a list explaining the actions that were considered a hate crime. It is my personal opinion that there is no greater hate crime than the attempt to eliminate the Civil Rights of U.S. citizens because they happen to be born in the South. I’m totally surprised Southerners in immediate danger of losing their Civil Rights to keep their history, keep Stone Mountain as is, and to display Confederate monuments haven’t filed a Class Action lawsuit charging a hate crime against the parties trying to eliminate their Civil Rights. Every U.S. citizen should be protected by the same laws, even those of us born in the South.

Carol Gene Good

Conover

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Brad Page

For my comment I insert a rather long quote from Wikipedia that examines the statue issue from a number of points of view. Personally, I don't see this as perpetrating a 'hate crime' against Southerners who prefer these monuments remain as reminders of their heritage. In fact, they are reminders of the Jim Crow era (1877-1964) and its violence against blacks both physically and psychoogically. Many of them were erected after the Civil Rights movement began.

The quote:

Dell Upton, chair of the Department of Art History at the University of California, Los Angeles, wrote that "the monuments were not intended as public art," but rather were installed "as affirmations that the American polity was a white polity," and that because of their explicitly white supremacist intent, their removal from civic spaces was a matter "of justice, equity, and civic values."[11] In a 1993 book on the issue in Georgia, author Frank McKenney argued otherwise; "These monuments were communal efforts, public art, and social history," he wrote.[25] Ex-soldiers and politicians had difficult time raising funds to erect monuments so the task mostly fell to the women, the "mothers widows, and orphans, the bereaved fiancees and sisters" of the soldiers who had lost their lives.[26] Many ladies' memorial associations were formed in the decades following the end of the Civil War, most of them joining the United Daughters of the Confederacy following its inception in 1894. The women were advised to "remember that they were buying art, not metal and stone;"[27] The history the monuments celebrated told only one side of the story, however—one that was "openly pro-Confederate," Upton argues. Furthermore, Confederate monuments were erected without the consent or even input of Southern African-Americans, who remembered the Civil War far differently, and who had no interest in honoring those who fought to keep them enslaved.[11] According to Civil War historian Judith Giesberg, professor of history at Villanova University, "White supremacy is really what these statues represent."[28]

To read the full citation go to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Removal_of_Confederate_monuments_and_memorials

Brad Page

Sunday, November 10
Brad Page

If you will allow me to add a comment in response to Carol Gene Good's "No greater ‘hate crime’ than eliminating rights of Southerners" letter...

If these public monuments represent a heritage rather than a tragic era in which black slaves and ex-slaves suffered so miserably they would most like serve that purpose on an actual Civil War battlefield.

My disagreement with Ms. Good's view is strongly driven by the need to answer its obvious one-sidedness. If the monuments as exhibited point to one thing it is this biased characteristic. Rather, can we not as Southerners open the dialogue and the full history of the Civil War, a kind of Truth& Reconciliation activism instead of relegating the entire struggle and its aftermath to shouting groups who hope to capitalize on this by generating fear and hatred for their own purposes?

I am alarmed that men carrying sidearms in Pittsboro while rallying around Sam White's battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia and is the only voice for the Southern families who lost sons and daughters, aunts and uncles, fathers and mothers, and close friendsn and never to know what happened to them in that terrible war. Who really speaks for the 600,000 dead? Who really speaks for the grieving? Who really speaks for the murdered black POWs?

Brad Page

Sunday, November 10