Statues, Vengeance, and Ritual Humiliation

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(Bacon’s Rebellion) The movement to expunge Confederate statues from the public realm has reached a tipping point. It started with the proposition that many people, Blacks especially, found sculptures honoring the defenders of a slave nation to be offensive, regardless of the meaning the memorials conveyed to others. But the rhetoric has transmogrified from a cry to respect the sensitivities of Blacks into a vengeful purging of Southern White heritage.
Hundreds of statues and memorials were erected across the South in gratitude to the sacrifices of the Civil War generation and in a spirit of national reconciliation. Statues were not a “Southern” thing. Visit Gettysburg to see the innumerable statues and memorials to Northern generals, military units and soldiers. The veterans of the Civil War could forgive and forget, but for modern-day iconoclasts, history has no statute of limitations. There is no forgiveness. Indeed, the movement now seems animated by a desire to humiliate.
The vengeful spirit can be seen at Virginia colleges and universities in the systematic expungement of names and memorials of any figure…Read the rest
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