I have no love for the Confederacy. Slavery was evil. The cause of Southern secession was unjust and deserved to be defeated.
However, this abrupt cultural paroxysm in which monuments honoring rebel leaders and soldiers are torn down or removed in the dead of night is not a healthy development. Decisions like this should be made by townships and cities after a healthy debate and then a vote.
This rush on the part of craven politicians and crazed activists is just virtue signaling. They are more righteous than you. They are better people than those Southern rednecks.
But just as same sex marriage wasn’t really about same sex marriage. And Obamacare wasn’t really about health care. We will all discover that the tearing down of these monuments is not about Southern monuments.
Same sex marriage has brought men in female bathrooms. It has brought men to women’s sports teams. And same sex marriage is now tearing down the basic facts of science wherein the x and the y chromosome are no longer determining biological facts. And Obamacare is actually about bringing socialism to America.
Tearing down Southern monuments is just the first step which will lead to the banning of movies and books.
And the first victim will be that 1939 classic Gone With the Wind. After all, it can be argued, that no movie has ever exerted such a profound influence on the American psyche. Those who screen GWTW can’t help but sympathize with the South. Is there any American woman who is as beloved as the beautiful, selfish, paragon of Southern womanhood Scarlett O’Hara? And let’s not forget the vile portrait of black people in which the film marinates: the scene of happy slaves singing for their masters; Hattie McDaniels scurrying around after her beloved Scarlett; the hysterical Butterfly McQueen being slapped by Scarlett—and deserving it. Northern soldiers are viewed as beasts. Southern soldiers are noble and well-bred. No, these images must be purged.
Soon, calls for the banning of GWTW will be heard. And why stop with that film? Burn the book too.
Hollywood has produced hundreds, if not thousands of films that deal sympathetically with the Confederacy. D. W. Griffith’s epic Birth of a Nation (1915) is, undeniably, racist. The fact that Griffith’s masterpiece defined the language of narrative film is minor when set against its horrific images of black men (white actors in black face, no less, talk about cultural appropriation) intent on raping white women.
And who are the heroes of Birth of a Nation? Yup, the KKK.
Buster Keaton’s classic silent film The General (1926) is a work of comic genius. But so what? The hero is a plucky and lovable Southerner who adores his girl and his locomotive. Such images are incorrect. They make audiences uncomfortable.
America is diving into mass madness. We lurch from one left wing hysteria to the next. The left would have us believe that a handful of loser American Nazis are a mortal threat to the nation. But point out that millions of Islamofacists are actually bringing sharia and codified Jew-hatred to Europe and America and the left accuses you of being a racist.
This is craziness.
This is how civilizations commit suicide.