Daily Archives: August 22, 2017

The Confederate General Who Was Erased

Huffington Post has the article The Confederate General Who Was Erased.

By now, Americans interested in the Confederate monument removal project have had it drilled into them that the monuments were erected decades after the end of the Civil War as testimonies to white supremacy in all its various manifestations: segregation, disenfranchisement, lynching, peonage, and second-class citizenship across the board. But the monuments were not merely commemorative. They were designed to conceal a past that their designers wanted to suppress. That past was the period after Reconstruction and before Jim Crow, years in which African Americans in the former Confederacy exercised political power, ran for public office, published newspapers, marched as militias, ran businesses, organized voluntary associations, built schools and churches: a time, in other words, when they participated as full members of society.

This description of history jibes with my readings of that history. I have read about the progress toward equality that was made after the Civil War and how it was turned back in the early 20th century. This is the history we must remember when having arguments over statues that glorify the Confederate cause.

Thinking Strategically About Free Speech And Violence

Current Affairs has the definitive article Thinking Strategically About Free Speech And Violence.

There are many great ideas in the article. There is one that I would like to give special emphasis to by quoting it below.

The battle is not for the hearts and minds of white supremacists, but for the hearts and minds of the general public.

I always keep this in mind for postings on this blog and any discussions I get into on the internet. I never assume that I can change the mind of the opponent in a discussion. I am just hoping that I can present a reasonable argument that the silent readers of the discussion can think about. I don’t want the readers to think that there is no rebuttal to the argument my opponent uses.