How are the modern day efforts to remove evidences of our nation’s history to appease some personal feeling of victimhood different from radical Islamists (ISIS) in the Middle East destroying ancient evidences of other faiths and events in the name of their private interpretation of Godliness?
The similarity is appalling.
The removal of Civil War flags, names or statuary from the façades of buildings or parks may fit into some people’s idea of political correctness but they need to remember that throughout history political correctness has always been the tool of tyrants and despots. And ever it shall be.
History is what happened in the past, not necessarily what a people want for their future. We study history to avoid making the same mistakes in all aspects of our lives.
To quote Martin Luther King: “To retaliate in kind would do nothing but intensify the existence of hate in the universe. Along the way of life, someone must have sense enough and morality enough to cut off the chain of hate.” Well said. As citizens of this nation of laws, let us cut off the chain of hate. History is history. It is what molds and guides us as a nation.
M. Flados Harlingen